Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mind Mapping and Learning

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Students usually take down notes of their teacher’s lectures. If you’re one of these students, how do you jot down the notes? Are you simply writing down only the most important things or are you using a different method? Well, perhaps you learn more about mind mapping.

Mind mapping and learning are related because if you want to learn easily and fast, you can utilize the mind maps to your advantage. How are you going to do this and what are mind maps?

College students need to take down a lot of notes so that they can prepare for their exams. Not only do they need to focus on the everyday discussions inside their class but they also need to read their textbooks. Oftentimes, students find it very hard to learn all the needed information. Text information is quite hard to learn especially for those who don’t do well in class. One way to help these students is through mind maps.

Each individual is unique and so they also learn in different ways. One way of learning may work for an individual but it may not work for another. Jotting down notes can be considered a passive process. The brain is not able to interact with the pieces of information that you’re writing down. If you want to remember everything that you’ve written down, your brain should be more involved.

Visual learning is quite popular these days. Those who are inclined to visual learning can learn better if they make use of cartoons, drawings, and graphs. For those individuals who are not very good in visualizations but have auditory skills can learn much better through tape-recordings. So you see, people tend to learn differently depending on their skills.

Are you a highly visual learner? If you are, then you should know more about mind mapping. The tool used here are also called learning maps. However, beginners might find this method a bit hard but if you use it frequently, you will be able to master the ability of creating mind maps. With less text work and more on the graphics and drawings, most individuals can remember and retain information effectively.

Aside from being called learning maps, it is also called memory maps. Mind mapping is an easy learning technique especially if you’re already good at it. You can even use different pen colors so that you can create a much better learning map but that would depend on your preferences. Also, you need to have a blank page or paper and you need to determine the writing size. By starting out at the middle portion of the blank page or paper, you will be able to create branches of information based on your lessons.

When you’re having a discussion in class, determine the theme or central idea. Write the central idea or theme at the center of the blank page, inside a circle. Remember that you’re going to create some sort of diagram so don’t try to write sentences. Instead, write only the keywords and look for sub themes. You can use lines to connect the ideas until the lesson or discussion is through.

Try mind mapping with your next class lectures or when you’re reading your textbooks. It will be easier to learn if you can learn visually. A lot of individuals were able to master making mind maps and you can do it too.

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