Researchers this week have found that, for fact-based subjects, practising a retrieval exercise produces better test results than concept mapping.
The researchers then had the students complete a sort of reading comprehension or ‘retrieval exercise’ on the text and then tested them on what they’d learned. So the students were essentially being tested on the test and then tested again.
Publishing in Science, the researchers claim that it’s both the act of recall and the act of reconstructing knowledge that are key for learning. But if you’re still a huge fanatic of concept mapping you could, of course, combine the two by creating a mind map from memory. So if you want to do well in exams, just make sure you test yourself!