Use graphs, diagrams and charts

The use of graphs, diagrams and charts helps me understand complex concepts that are interrelated. If you are familiar with mind-mapping, then you will know that it is one of the best ways to improve your learning process. Better yet if those diagrams are coloured or embellished with things associated with the concepts you are trying to learn, there is a better chance you will recall them. For example, by drawing wings around a circle with the words ‘International law – law of the sea’ inside the circle, you will have a better chance of remembering it. I used wings to represent international. A picture paints a thousand words as they say. So, you don’t need to memorise the words, you just remember the picture. I use diagrams when planning, summarising concepts, cases and sections of a piece of legislation. Using diagrams also makes my learning more efficient because in one glance, I can see the extent of work I still need to do to cover the main principles in a particular topic.

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