What is a Mind Map?
It is a way of recording
information, ideas, and notes. It is a
more visual way to present the information and more importantly, it is a way
that is consistent with the brain’s “view” of the world. Mind maps are more graphical in nature, they
tend to be multi-colored, they “radiate out from the center”, they are
connected by lines, they have pictures, images and symbols, they use key words
only, they are compact, and they provide a more complete view of the
topic. Just as your conventional method
of note taking is personal, so is a mind map.
Just as someone may or may not be able to read your conventional notes,
so they may have the same level of success with your mind map. But mind mapping can be a lot more.
What are some of the applications?
Mind maps are great for organizing any material used that is logically related. This can include: a speech, marketing presentation, important letter, proposal, seminar notes, lecture notes, business plan, key client information, notes from a phone call or just your vacation plans.
Mind maps are also excellent for
brain storming sessions. They allow ideas to progress along logical
associations, they give a big picture, and they encourage the creation of other
Because of their whole view, mind maps are useful for problem solving. All the relevant facts, observations,
Mind maps are effective for overcoming “writers block” and removing barriers to new ideas.
Can a mind map
help me learn a subject quicker?
Because mind maps use more than just
words, and because they present more of an entire view, they can improve both
your ability to learn something and your recall.
How hard is it
to learn to mind map?
Because mind mapping is modeled
along the ways of the brain, it is very easy. The brain is associative,
and so are mind maps. There are a few logical rules that help the
beginner get started. They are rather simple and intuitive. Most
rules are aimed at overcoming blocks or barriers that we tend to erect that
retard our creative influence.
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