Schools devote a significant amount of time to ensuring students can read and write well. In our view there is still insufficient attention paid to enabling young people with high levels of skills in note taking and memory improvement.
There are of course exceptions and some schools and some teachers understand how important this is to overall performance in examinations.
Since the 1980s scientists have been clear that linear note taking is not a productive or efficient way of summarising content for later recall and understanding. Tony Buzan's BBC series and its follow up publications demonstrated the advantage given when notes are taken in a more free form mind map rather than linear notes.
We strongly support and teach the use of mind maps as part of our tutoring. In our view a student with mind mapping skills is always able to perform better than one who relies on linear notes.