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I dont know if other people find them very useful, But I now revise completely through the use of mind maps. :tsr2:

Anyway for OCR

Module 5 Particle Physics Optional Module (needs to be updated)
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or in note form in zip archive.
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Just curious - but what software did you use to produce them?

Some people really like them - but I tend to be a list kind of person rather than a visual diagram kind of person.
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freemind, it was reccomended by wikipedia, its free and open source and on sourceforge. Just google it to find it. It exports as a list as well. Download the zip archive to see what I mean. It makes everything into neat bullet points that can expand and collapse and so on using javascript.
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I'd revise using past papers and reading textbooks and a few class notes...
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are there any other modules that ppl would like me to post.. I have an almost complete version for Module 1 and 2....Will be doing module 3 and 4 soon.....
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past papers all the way, and some notes
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(Original post by Sycren)
are there any other modules that ppl would like me to post.. I have an almost complete version for Module 1 and 2....Will be doing module 3 and 4 soon.....
Post anything and everything.

Mindmaps are not an alternative to other methods of revision but a supplement. I like to get students to produce them . It helps them to see the connections between different areas of the subject and are great for bringing out synoptic themes.
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Mindmaps are not an alternative to other methods of revision but a supplement. I like to get students to produce them . It helps them to see the connections between different areas of the subject and are great for bringing out synoptic themes.
I completely agree with that. After studying with textbooks, notes and past papers, I try to draw mindmaps of a particular topic from memory. I find they're very good for consolidating your knowledge.

If you really like them, then you do mind maps for each bit in topics. Say, for example, Mechanics. Do Mindmaps for each of Newton's Laws - putting in detail everything you can. However, as your mindmaps become more comprehensive and start to take into account other topics such as statics, kinematics, moments and so on, you condense the information you put on each until you arrive at the very bare minimum. Then those few points should be able to jog your memory for all the detailed notes you made earlier.
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I suppose that when I said that I completely revise off mind maps, I meant that I read through text books and do past papers as well.
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do you have any more examples sycren? i always try to do mindmaps and then fail as i just seem to have too many connecting lines. x
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do you have any more examples sycren? i always try to do mindmaps and then fail as i just seem to have too many connecting lines. x
I think maybe you are trying to get down too much information in one page. The way I see it, mindmaps are not so comprehensive that you can only write a whole topic on one page if you've got separate mindmaps on other sheets which deal with each subtopic on that 'master' mindmap in more detail.
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I just read/make notes until I'm happy what what all the ideas mean, and that's about it really, I'll just apply it when it comes to a question.

I also have a silly habit of memorising all the formulae and values of quantities (like h, # of eV in one joule, mass of an electron etc...)
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Dharma, Generally I have a mindmap for each topic drawn out on A4 but with a computer and freemind I can easily just do the whole topic (module in my case) without the hastle of having to tape two sheets together.

Most of my drawn out maps are on A2 paper so they are pretty massive.
Examples..I will get/upload some more soon.
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I also have a silly habit of memorising all the formulae and values of quantities (like h, # of eV in one joule, mass of an electron etc...)
From where do I recognise this:cool: ? I do that too...

As for mindmaps, I tend to be better off with bullet points. And in general I usually end up just calculating .
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I never got on with mind maps. I always found a whiteboard handy (a small one) which enabled me to practise what I knew and the formulas and questions etc - handy for all subjects really. Apart from that practise makes perfect and you can't beat doing questions. If you use them often enough you find you memorize units and constants and formulas automatically.
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who here is following A level Ocr specimen? I am planning to make and upload all the module mindmaps. You should be able to follow them from another exam board. I know that edexcel has a similar specification for physics..not sure about aqa.

If they are good enough then I will get them on its own website. What do you say?
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Anyway, you can chose a topic from here and I will release a mindmap for it within time of maybe a week or a half.



I think it covers most of the topics, but if it doesnt reply to the thread for it to be added.
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we used to be forced to do mind maps in history and the teacher was very particular about the writing on the arms being the same colour as them! which was a bit weird, and it meant your writing was always unreadable cos no-one ever had a pencil sharpener. i never got into them in physics - we have it drilled into us that the best way to revise is to do questions.
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we have it drilled into us that the best way to revise is to do questions.
Agreed.

But I think mind maps are good in making links between principles in physics that you might not see. I rarely do mind maps, but when I do, I put topics within a module, say Mechanics, which you might not normally associate with each other. More often than not, I can think of at least one way in which they're related, often in a quite unusual way; which is good when you have to deal with unusual questions which rely on seeing similarities in things that appear completely different.
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could you choose a topic please? Then I will produce a mindmap, it will help someone and I can place it on the wiki afterwards..
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