Why You Need To Master Mind Mapping

Would you like to improve your brainstorming skills, be able to communicate your ideas more effectively and increase your memory recollection? If so this article is for you. Mind mapping is a technique that is increasingly being used to improve memory skills and significantly enhance note taking.

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind mapping is a different way of remembering information than the normal cognitive way. It is a simple technique of visualizing information in the form of graphs or diagram rather than writing in the form of sentences. The process of mind mapping involves the use of both our analytical side of the brain and our artistic side. Thereby making the learning process even more enjoyable.

Mind mapping can significantly help improve ones study techniques and help with storing information. The process involves creating a diagram, which generally takes the form of a tree. It will have a unique starting point, which will then divide up into many branches. Others will have a central idea surrounded by connected branches of associated topics. This visual representation of information can involve the use of colours and diagrams.

The idea behind mind mapping is to make the information and process as simple as possible.

By Nicoguaro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mind Map By Nicoguaro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

How do you create a mind map?

Mind maps are very simple to create and once you begin using mind maps you will never go back to the plain cognitive, linear method of note taking. So let’s give it a go.

Every mind map will begin with a main concept or idea. Everything else on our map will revolve around this main idea. We then must create an image or word to represent our main idea. Following this we then draw branches that each represent a single word that relate to the main topic. I like to use colours at this point to differentiate between the branches and sub-topics. Other people like to use images. What ever helps you brainstorm more effectively.

Creating sub-branches that stem from the main branches will help us to further expand on ideas and concepts. These can also include colour and images.

What are the uses of the Mind Mapping technique?

The mind mapping technique can prove extremely helpful in solving problems in various parts of ourevery day life. It can be used to solve personal issues as well as professional ones. Some of the many uses of the mind mapping are briefly discussed below.

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