Mind Mapping Video

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Organize your thoughts more productively with a Mind Map.

When you're researching a subject, note taking sometimes gets out of hand. You can end up with pages of scribbles, which are often more confusing than helpful!

Making a Mind Map instead is a great way to organize your thoughts more productively.

Mind Maps are also called spray diagrams, spider diagrams or spidograms, because of how they look. 

The name comes from author and educational consultant Tony Buzan, who brought this tool into the mainstream.

Because Mind Maps are two dimensional in structure, they show you the "shape" of the subject, the relative importance of each point, and how the facts relate to each other.

Being able to see all of this on just one sheet of paper helps you review information quickly and efficiently, remember it more effectively, and improve your creative problem solving. Once you've learned how to create Mind Maps, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them!

So how do you draw one? First, write the subject you're exploring in the center of the page, and draw a circle around it. When you think of a major subdivision of the topic, or an important related fact, draw a line out from the circle. Label these lines with subheadings.

As you explore each subdivision, you'll uncover new levels of information. Draw lines out to represent each new fact or topic. 

Eventually, you'll have a diagram that shows ideas coming off subject "branches." Some of these may relate to each other. If they do, draw lines between them to show the connections.

To keep your Mind Map clear and easy to read, use single words and simple phrases. You may also find it useful to use colors, symbols or pictures to help you interpret your Map more effectively.

So, if you do any form of research or note taking, try experimenting with Mind Maps. They'll help you understand how all the components of your topic fit together, and you may make some connections you wouldn't have thought of before.

For more information about Mind Mapping, see the article that accompanies this video.

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Comments (3)
  • Over a month ago Dianna wrote
    From what I know of learning style, individual preference is probably more influential than age. However I did a quick google search and learning styles do change as we grow and develop. Babies will have more similar learning styles than children or teens. And we even as adults our learning style can still change but that change is very slow and probably has more to do with the situation than our personal preference. It's quite a fascinating topic. I think it really helps to know your own learning style preference and those of the people around you. It makes for much smoother and effective teaching moments that tend to crop up during everyday life at work and at home.

    Dianna
  • Over a month ago athletebydesign wrote
    Does this also apply to children and teenagers as well? Do different age groups go through different styles of learning?
  • Over a month ago Midgie wrote
    This is yet again another great tool! In addition to learning how you learn, it can be used when developing presentations to ensure you are able to capture all the different learning styles of the audience.

    I'm just in the process of putting together a motivational talk and I'll be using this tool as a guide to 'tick off the boxes' of different learning styles! I know it will certainly add some extra 'oomph' to my presentation! Even as an experienced presenter, I think its a good idea to review and reflect on what I'm doing and how I'm doing it so that I do not fall into the habit of only using a limited number of learning styles!

    Midgie