So how would you link this to learning for university exams?
Right now, i have to go through 4 courses for my final exam which concludes my bachelor degree.
Here´s my opinion on it:
While doing the exercises i´m planting some invariant presentations of an algorithm to solve them. If theres a step i can´t solve - thats where the learning must occur.
By using Mindmaps for all the factual data i need to learm i´m creating a invariant visual presentation of all those facts - helping me in remembering more of the whole mindmap, if i know some details ( so to say a "shape" of an invariant presentation ). Similar to your example with "this is a person" "this is a woman" "this woman is at least 6" tall" "this woman has blond hair" i know "this is a mindmap" and "this is a mindmap of databases" "this mindmap is about entity-relationship-diagrams" and "this is about the symbols used for it".
The problem i have, is to form representations for the "hard facts" where i can´t that easily form invariants in a visual or auditorial style.
So an example would be all the advantages databases got over file-based datahandling.
The Mindmap helps me pack those into a branch of that map, but there are no images for representing them. For such things, also time and effort would be too high to remember an image for each word. An example where this concept works very well is representing numbers with images ( three - tree, five - hive, ... ) because its limited to 10 images and you´ll use numbers every day.