If you feel you are getting nowhere with your head in the books
Use JuniorCertMindmaps to Supercharge your Performance
School is often talked about by adults as the “best days of your life”. However, when you are facing state exams such as the Junior Certificate, the day-to-day pressures make school feel like the “worst days of your life”.
Have you tried weekly grinds to get ahead of the pack or simply to keep up? Are you a junkie for all of the revision books published to help you “get it”, when all they seem to be is another text book covering the same material in almost the same depth of detail? Are you looking for revision notes for your Junior Cert that are logically structured and easy to remember?
There is a simpler way to revise for your Junior Cert. I was lucky to learn about the power of Mind Mapping when I was still in primary school. Invented by Tony Buzan, who has written over 100 books on the topic, MindMapping is a system of note-taking that allows you to summarise a huge amount of detail on just a single page. So, when it comes to revision time, all I have to do is study my Mind Maps, not pages of handwritten notes and highlighted text in my school books.
The beauty of this system is that it is all organised in a logical way. Therefore, it is a huge aid to your memory when trying to learn. Humans learn by association. Your associative memory can be represented on a single piece of paper as an information bubble at the centre of a page, with lots of other information bubbles leading out from the centre. Each bubble is linked by a wavy line.So what is so special about this? Well, from a study point of view you might have a chapter heading in the middle of a page surrounded by topics covered in the chapter. Moving out from each topic you might have some keywords or points that remind you of the detail contained in the chapter. It is all logically structured and easy to remember.
You can download free Mindmap examples for all 10 subjects on this website.
Just go to the individual subject pages on the Top Navigation Bar to find the downloads.
This is a photo of me presenting a copy of my Junior Cert Maths MindMaps to Tony Buzan, the inventor of MindMaps
This is what your Junior Cert results could look like once you start to study in an effective and efficient way
Click on the sample mindmap about "The Renaissance" below, to see the amount of structured information that can be summarised on a single page. You may also choose any of the links on the subject buttons to view the course outline and to download a free sample mindmap for any subject.
Can you imagine having a picture of this MindMap in your head when you go to sit your Junior Cert history exam next June? I am sure you can. What you can see is a visual representation of the chapter, and all it contains, on a single page. If you revise this one hour after completing it, revisit it one day later, then after one week and finally after one month, you will find that the entire MindMap is ingrained in your long-term memory. It is a simple 5 visit process to get the MindMap from short-term memory to long-term memory. Your brain operates in a visual way and you are now feeding it in a way that allows it to file and categorise information in the way that suits it best. Can you see how easy it is to remember the course content when it can be seen as the branches of a tree?
So what? Well, I have personally used Mind Mapping to summarise the entire Junior Cert Courses in 10 different subjects and I am currently working on doing the same for the Leaving Cert. I recently completed Leaving Cert 2012, and was lucky enough to get 600 points by using MindMaps as a study aid. I am absolutely convinced that using MindMaps as a study aid can make a huge difference to your results. I have decided to share my Junior Cert Mindmaps and Leaving Cert MindMaps with other students, who can benefit significantly from the course summaries that I have created. This is not meant to be a shortcut so that you no longer have to do the work. Rather, it is a structured summary of all you need to know in each subject in order to achieve straight “A’s” in your Junior Cert and eventually your Leaving Cert. It is a powerful revision aid that will allow you to focus on what is important for supercharging your exam performance. Check out some of the customer comments further down this page to get a flavour of how buyers are reacting to this new and innovative study tool.
Some of the benefits of MindMaps include the following:
MindMaps are also ideal for learners with Assisted Learning needs and can be used to support students with course work, literacy and developing strategies to cope with specific Assisted Learning difficulties.
So what is the catch? There isn’t one unless you think I should give away my work for free. I have spent more than two years creating these Mind Maps for myself and I continue to refine them even further so that you, the Junior Cert student, can benefit from my work.There are in excess of 700 MindMaps in the entire set of 10 subjects. Priced at €9.95 per subject, they cost a fraction of the typical cost of your grinds or revision courses. Take a look at the sample mindmaps in each subject and download examples for free from the page for that subject.
Study more effectively - Work Smart Not Hard
Allow the power of focus to help you achieve superb results
Waste less time
Train your memory to deliver for you
Avoid having to re-read entire books before the exams
Forget about getting grinds at €20 to €40 per hour
Save your parents some money
If you are doing the Junior Cert in 2014 or even 2015, don't wait until April or May next year to start studying smarter. Start right now. The sooner you become familiar with using MindMaps, the easier your exam preparation will be. Surprise yourself and your parents with the significant jump in your grades. Lose the stress and get ahead of the pack now.
Once your payment has been processed, I will send you a personalised copy of the mindmaps in PDF format for each subject by email, usually within 15 minutes of placing your order. You can then view them on screen or print them at home (or both). Each set has a unique code which identifies the purchaser so please do not share them with your friends. Instead, encourage them to get their own. If you cannot buy online, drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide you with a postal address that you can send a cheque or postal order to!
The Mindmaps for Science, French, Religion, English, CSPE, History, Geography, Business Studies, Maths and Irish are available right now. You may download free samples for any subject right now and return to buy the complete subject set later. MindMaps can be printed on A4 or A3 sized paper or viewed on screen from 100% to 6,400% in Adobe Acrobat to make for easy reading and memorising.
Take them to your local photocopy/print shop on a CD or memory stick if you want them printed onto A3 paper, which is twice the size of A4. The key to learning here is in maximising the amount of linked information that is contained on each individual MindMap. Once you can visualise the logical links, you will have no difficulty in remembering the detail. Make the MindMaps your own by using colour highlighters on different branches to make them easier to remember. Add your own notes to make them even more effective.
My Dad's printer has come up with a special price of 27 cents per page for enlargement to A3 sized paper. The firm is known as Exaktaprint and is based in Dun Laoghaire. If you send them the electronic file, they can print whatever you need, bind it into a booklet and can post it out to you. The proprietor's name is Philip Maher and he may be contacted on 01-284 4779 or by email on email@example.com . To see the difference in size between A4 and A3, look at the images below. A4 is on the right in each image.
To make a purchase, you may use our Quick Shop menu or simply click "Add to Cart" at the bottom of each subject page to select that subject. When you are done, just click "View Cart" to complete your transaction. The recently added "Quick Shop" page will allow you to quickly select the subjects you want to purchase and then make your payment.Simply click on the Quick Shop button on the top navigation bar.
All payments are securely processed through PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, don't worry. You can use a credit card to make your purchase by following the prompts after you have clicked on the "View Cart" button. Be sure to ask your parents for permission before making a purchase. Buy as many as you like and good luck in your exams!
If you want to buy all 10 Subjects at once, just click on the "Buy Now" Button below. Then just follow the links to complete your transaction.
Please enter the student's full name at the checkout when making a purchase of all 10 subjects.
Before showing you newspaper articles and radio interviews about Junior Cert MindMaps,
I would like to offer the following advice to students facing the Junior Cert in 2014:
Preparing for the Junior Cert is a steady climb and not a last minute leap
If you do the groundwork early on, then you will soar over obstacles when the Junior Cert approaches
Even the greatest of walls can be climbed once you have determination
Work steadily throughout the year and your exams will be like a walk in the park
Take an overview of where you are going before deciding the route you are going to take
Split your time evenly between subjects
In your examination preparation, prepare for war while hoping for peace
Believe in your personal star and you will achieve everything you set out to do
Pursue your dreams whatever they might be
There is no limit to what you can achieve if you are prepared to work hard and anyone can reach dizzying heights
Don't be afraid to march out of step with everyone else if your instincts tell you it is right to do so.
Remember that some people you may have once considered to be warriors may really have feet of clay.
Behave with respect and dignity towards others as you pursue your own dreams
Don't fill your head with too much information in a single sitting
Learn how to work smart not hard - overworking is for the birds!
Don't cave in from all the pressure
Getting ready for the exams is a balancing act with just the right amount of effort in each subject
Don't feel you are completely under water. Take plenty of deep breaths and you will eventually come back to the surface
Get plenty of rest so that you can turn on the power when you need it
Don't forget to take time to eat properly to recharge your batteries
Take time out to do the things you enjoy and then your study program won't seem to be such a burden
Life can be a beach when the work is done and the exams are over
P.S. For more information about how to use Mindmapping for all kinds of things, and how to create your own, visit MindMapping4Individuals.com
In the papers and on the radio - Click on the audio files below to listen to what Irish broadcasters have to say about Junior Cert MindMaps.
Irish Times published my short article about "Prepwork for the Junior Cert" on 9th August 2011. Click here to read it.
Irish Times published my article about "Last Minute Tips For Junior Cert Students" on 7th June 2011. Click here for IrishTimes-LastMinuteTips
Irish Times published my article about "How to Crack the Junior Cert" on 10th May 2011 Click here to read it.
The Irish Times published another article about my MindMaps on 8th March 2011. Click here to read it.
The Irish Times published an article relating to Junior Cert Mindmaps on 5th May 2010. Click here to view the Irish Times Article
Bizstartup.ie published an article about Junior Cert MindMaps on 6th May 2010. Click here to view article Bizstart.ie Article
MindGenius.com featured MindMapping tips for Studying in its blog in May 2011. Click here to view blog. MindGenius Blog
MindGenius.com featured Junior Cert MindMaps in its blog in December 2009. Click here to view blog. MindGenius Blog
Evening Herald published an article about Junior Cert MindMaps on 7th May 2010. See below.