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Examination time is looming and so many of you will be turning to study guides to supplement your notes and course books. But which ones do you choose? Well this month I want to focus on two sets of study guides that combine GCSE study information AND Mind Mapping®. This month's article is all about Mind Mapping® so if you don't know anything about it, go and read about it now and then come back.

The first set of guides is called the Teach Yourself Revision Guides by Hodder and Stoughton. These books are for the GCSE syllabus in the following subjects: Mathematics (Intermediate and Higher), English, Modern World History, Geography, French, Spanish, Science (Double and Single award), Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Information Technology. Each book starts with a section that shows you how to revise more effectively by getting you to understand your recall abilities both during and after learning. It tells you about Mind Maps®, how to draw them, read them and use them for your revision. It also tells you how to read faster and more efficiently.

The guides then go on to teach you all about the subject. The crucial part of each guide however, is the section of colour Mind Maps® of various aspects of the subject. I looked at the Spanish guide and there were excellent Mind Maps® covering both vocabulary and grammar. You have only got to look at a well drawn Mind Map® to appreciate their value in learning information. If you are serious about passing any of your GCSEs, then I would strongly recommend these study guides because not only do they present the information in an easily digestible form, they also give you the study skills and tools that will make it even easier to revise.

The second set of guides are the Teach Yourself Literature Guides, also published by Hodder and Stoughton. The current titles in the series are Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Far From the Madding Crowd, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Owl Service. As with the Study Guides, each book starts with an excellent section on how to study effectively. The rest of the book analyses the study text chapter by chapter. Key themes, characters and general comment are Mind Mapped® and advice is given on using the technique to plan answers to exam questions.

The Study and Literature Guides are published by Hodder and Stoughton and are available in all good UK bookshops at £2.99 for the Literature Guides and £9.99-£13.99 for the Study Guides. Many thanks to Vanda North of Buzan Centres for providing examples of the study guides for review.

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