Today’s hint is how to determine key words. Find an article, piece of mail, book, or any other linear document. If you don’t want to write on the paper, make a copy first.

With your purpose for reading this document in mind, begin reading. Highlight, underline, or circle those key words that you want to remember or meet your purpose for reading. When you are done, you can begin to create an idea map (if that still fits your purpose). Add the key words from this document to your map. Keep in mind that just because you highlighted a key word(s), does not necessarily mean it automatically goes into the map. Now that you’ve read the whole document, you may decide that some of your highlighted words may no longer be necessary for the map. You can also add to or replace key words with an image to strengthen your recall.