Study Tips

Study Tip #1

The Mapping Method

A method that uses comprehension/concentration skills and evolves in a note taking form which relates each fact or idea to every other fact or idea. Mapping is a graphic representation of the content of a lecture. It is a method that maximizes active participation, affords immediate knowledge as to its understanding, and emphasizes critical thinking.


  • Helps you visually track your lecture regardless of conditions.
  • Relationships can easily be seen.
  • Easy to edit your notes by adding numbers, marks, and color coding.
  • Review will call for you to restructure thought processes, which will reinforce your understanding.
  • Main points can be written on flash or note cards and pieced together into a table or larger structure at a later date.


  • You might not hear changes in content from major points to facts.

When to Use

  • When the lecture content is heavy and well-organized.
  • When you have a guest lecturer and have no idea how the lecture is going to be presented.



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Last Update: May 21 2014
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