Use Mind Mapping to Optimize Your Learning

 

Mind Mapping is One of the Best Ways for Online Students to Learn, Connect and Recall Information.

 

Mind Map

 

Are you having trouble keeping pace with all the materials you have to learn for your various college courses? Is the information overload weighing you down, stressing you out? Are you having problems remembering all the information that you read, or making meaningful connections from one material to another?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you should try mind mapping learning strategy.

A mind map is a graphical way to represent concepts, ideas and tasks, especially showing linkages and inter-connections.

Mind maps are excellent tools for visual thinking. By using a central topic, and creating branches to expand upon this topic, users maintain up to 10% MORE information.

Visual thinking is one of the best ways for online students to learn, connect and recall materials, particularly in this age and time of information overload.

 Mind maps can be used for:

  • problem solving and creativity
  • outline and framework design
  • structure and relationship representations
  • brainstorming and collaboration
  • condensing material into concise and memorable formats
  • note-taking and archiving
  • memory boost
  • planning your day or planning your life,

 

As you can see, mind mapping can be used in many different ways to enhance your learning and success as an online learner.

There are many mind mapping softwares out there, but the one I currently use and which I do recommend is the MindMeister Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming.

Mindmeister can be used for summarizing a book report, launching a research project, planning and creating presentations, preparing for exams or writing that term paper – virtually anything related to your school can be simplified with Mindmeister mind mapping.

Mindmeister is an excellent tool for online student projects, including collaborative works. Whether you’re working with fellow students on a team science project, or compiling thoughts for your thesis, mind maps are a great way of structuring these topics.

Set up an online brainstorming session with other students – whether they’re in town or on the other end of the country – and collect ideas and tasks for your project. When the session’s over, the shared mind map will still be there and each participant may continue to refine the ideas with all participants able to view these changes. MindMeister’s notification mechanisms will inform all parties when the mind map has been changed – a great way of making sure that good work doesn’t go unnoticed. Finally, when your project is finished, simply share the map with your instructor for your well-deserved grade.

Mind Maps Boost Memory

In 2002 Farrand, Hussain, and Hennesey set out to measure the effectiveness of mind mapping. To establish a baseline, 50 study subjects were given a 600-word passage of text before separating them into two groups – the ‘self-selected study technique’ and the ‘mind map’.

Subjects were then given 30 minutes to study the text. The ‘self selected study’ group was left to their own methods, while the mind map group were first trained in the principles of mind mapping, and then given the same allotment of time to study the text.

After the 30 minutes, both study groups showed an improvement over the baseline testing scores.

However, when tested one week later, the ‘mind map’ group demonstrated a 10% increase in factual recall.

I recently began incorporating mind maps in my lecture presentations. And instead of just having twenty or thirty Powerpoint slides, I can reduce all the information in those slides into one page mind map. In just one mind map, students can see how all the materials that were spread over thirty Powerpoint slides connect. Students claimed that this seeming simplification has enhanced their ability to understand and retain the materials better.

 

MindMeister was built with a strong focus on intuitiveness and ease of use, removing all unnecessary clutter so that you can concentrate on your creative process. You can access Mindmeister anytime and from anywhere (including from your smartphones), and even when you are not online. In offline mode, all changes are saved locally, and then synced to your account the next time you’re online.

 

Maps are stored securely online in the cloud, with the highest security standards.

 

Click Here to try the Mindmeister Online Mind Mapping Basic Edition for FREE

 

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