I recently received a question from Ilesha, a PhD student asking about how to get through entire textbooks when studying for their qualifying exam (also known as candidacy exam and comprehensives). There are a lot of study methods out there, but here is a method that I used (that worked quite well) to get the best return on my investment in time spent studying. Not all topics are equally important and there is never enough time to read the whole book*.
[UPDATE 1]: Now includes some of my own mind-map examples
Luka Negoita, PhD
I received my BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in 2011 and my PhD in Biology with a focus in theoretical plant ecology in May 2018 with Dr. Jason Fridley at Syracuse University. I love teaching and working with ecology students on everything from mental health to data analysis, research design, and study techniques.