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The best thing I can recommend right now is to take a break. Spend 15 - 30 minutes doing something to help relax yourself, as it is clear you are very stressed over the upcoming exam, and you are quite exhausted from the information they've thrown in your face already (I know how that goes; it is impossible to be able to retain everything they teach you over ...


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There are, but there's zero chance that they would be useful. You've found something that works for you -- will it work any more or less well depending on how many other people it works well for? Added info courtesy of David Antaramian: If you absolutely must have a study, pick anything from Google Scholar. Especially interesting is "Mind mapping as a ...


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Necessary/useful features of a MindMapping software? Some ideas: "Full navigation and editing" possible with keyboard shortcuts (without the mouse!!) is for me the most important thing for brainstorming, etc., that means: create/delete/edit nodes move nodes navigate to a node select nodes show/hide child nodes or entire branches search feature (full ...


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Not directly answering your question, but I'm currently reading the book Pragmatic Thinking and Learning and there is a whole chapter explaining that we have two "processing modes" in your brain: Linear-mode and Rich-mode cognitive processing, the Rich-mode is the one that we use when we have those "best ideas", but the Rich-mode is also somehow hidden ...


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Best Ideas come from intense focus on the subject matter followed by time exposed to unrelated subject matters. This is when you get cross-over from other domains of thought. Structured Serendipity More recently, research in Mark Jung-Beeman's lab at Northweste rn has found that sudden bursts of insight — the Aha! or Eureka! moment — comes when ...


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I am embarked upon a quest for a concept/mind mapping program even as I type this. The holy grail of my quest: Works on Linux. Attractive, but not overly fancy. Nodes as closed shapes, rather than text just sitting on a line. Ability to do concept mapping (no hierarchy, lots of cross-connections). Keyboard shortcuts. Local storage in non-proprietary file ...


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good integration with host operating system (drag-n-drop, copy-paste, etc) good graph layout which keeps the right amount of space between nodes, and updates the layout as you change the nodes.


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I also prefer "thinking on paper". Also for story-cards and my own activities I use paper and cards on a wall. Everyone can see it and everyone can make notes on them. [This only works if your team is in one area.] For the documentation and before I go on holidays I make photos of the most important parts. There is no index on them, nothing to search but ...


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Difficult question to answer since you don't mention anything about how important it is for you to pass or do well on this exam. If you are already exhausted, it might be a bad idea for you to force yourself to study for long hours. Don't be too hard on yourself! It could be argued that a good idea would be to not study much more since doing so could cause ...


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I use a similar approach to yours and don't think there is anything wrong with it. I digitize my paper documents by scanning them (or sometimes taking a picture) and adding it to Evernote, which scans the document and OCRs them making them searchable.


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Depending on your budget you could use a LiveScribe smartpen to record your writing. From there, you can buy into the system that integrates this pen with Moleskine and EverNote. The advantage of this is that handwriting recognition with the smartpen is far better than a scanned image alone, because the movement of the pen is captured and can train the ...


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Since the limits of dreams are non existing you could try to dream about using an existing problem-solving techique in your dream. Some problem-solving techniques: Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) Appreciative Inquiry The Simplex Process The Straw Man Concept


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There was some research a while back at the Australian National University that the best place for doing creative thinking was lying down. I can vouch for this myself; often when I am struggling with a problem, if I lie down I start to work out all sorts of things in my head; as soon as I sit back up I start to lose my train of thought. So the challenge ...


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I have read somewhere a while back that there has been research to what kind of environment helps more when brainstorming. They had two rooms; One very messy with all kinds of stuff everywhere,(small toys, decorations, some magazines, etc.) and with the room painted in multiple contrasting colours (something like Red, Green, Yellow). They also had a ...


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First of all, I agree with the features Martin is suggesting, and being able to do (just about) everything with the keyboard is critical for me as well. I think the most important things for me that I would like to see in mind mapping software are things that make it as much like doing mind mapping on paper as possible. For example, the following: ...


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For me most essential features are: keyboard-friendly input and navigation, auto align and ability to export in different formats (image, pdf, text).



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