Most of us have heard of mind maps, but fewer of us could really use it or even learn about it. If it is you, then it’s not too late to pick it up. Is it often happen to you that you could easily recognize someone’s face but could not get their name? I bet that most of you would say yes, and this is why mind-maps is so powerful and charming that we should learn about it and use it to learn even better.
”The speaker, Hazel Wagner has spent her life learning how to learn. Hazel shares her work on mind mapping and what it can do for understanding, memorization, and retention. And she specializes in a concept called mind mapping, teaching others how to use it to augment and enhance their memory, studies, planning,”
Our brain can store so much information and yet it is not a computer, where you can type and find the thing you want. So you need to use the mind map, which is a highly effective way of getting information in and out of your brain, and functions as a computer to organize that information and wait for it to be used. ”The mind map has a natural organizational structure that radiates from the center and use lines, symbols, words, color and images according to simple, brain-friendly concepts.” according to mindmaping.com.
As we can see from above that the mind map consists of different colors and icons, which reinforces our brain capacity. Our brain has a better perception in terms of images, and it can be stored for a longer time compared with words. ”In 1970 Scientific American magazine published Ralph Haber’s research showing that individuals have a recognition accuracy of images between 85 and 95 percent. There is a well-known quote, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.” Normally we can present our ideas on one page using the mind map, so it gives us a clear picture of the whole, which is why we tend to remember them as images and last for a long time.
The mind map has its own main idea, subject, or focus which is crystallized in a central position, and it can be either broad or narrow, which is totally dependent on the thing you want to tackle or learn. Then there’s “branches,” which are the main themes that radiate from the center and can be the subtitles of your main topics. The branches are then divided into different key images or keywords for their associated topics and can be spread out further if needed. They all spread from the center and connected with each other following a logical, thought-out approach. You may find that the words or images you put on some of the nodal structures are not relevant to your main topic at all, then please remember this is a way to help you to think deeper and in the way to even broaden your thinking, so there’s no need to feel panic and anxiety. Somehow, it can even get you to a point where you have the ”aha” moment when you look back.
Mind mapping can be used whenever there is a need for brainstorming, analysis or strategic overview. You can even use it for personal purposes, such as when you plan to buy something, use the mind map to list everything on the paper, and dig into subtle items related to the main topic. The mind map is so powerful and it can be used in any setting. Use the way the brain prefers to help you learn better and think more logically.
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