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Mind Mapping

  • William Reed (2005)

Mind Mapping

  • Drawings have been used for centuries to analyze problems and map out information
  • Unless you retain and review what you have learned, you are likely to lose 80% of it within 24 hours.
  • Students at a leading university who received an ‘A’ on the final exam were given the same exam a month later.
  • None of them passed it, proving that
  • the final exam was final indeed.

What is mind mapping?

  • The need for learning doesn’t stop at
  • graduation.
  • Unless you train your memory it is likely to get worse over time, not better.
  • Retention is the art of storing new information or skills.
  • Recall is the art of retrieving it when
  • you need it.

A Recall Strategy

  • Mind Mapping trains your mind for more efficient retention and recall.
  • Mind maps are tools which help you think and learn.
  • University students have found mind maps useful.

Understanding is not recall

    • Understanding something is not sufficient to remember it.
    • Thinking that you understand what you have seen, heard, or read is different than can actually short-circuit your memory
    • Mental associations are also necessary for recall.
    • Mind Mapping reinforces understanding and gives a visual framework for organizing ideas and making associations.

Compact notes improve recall

    • Learning without note taking forces you to go back and review from scratch.
    • Taking extensive notes provides too much information and too few memory cues.
    • Mind Maps store everything you need on one page, and encode the information in memory-rich nuggets for easy recall.

Most importantly

  • Use key words, symbols, and pictures packed with meaning and associations that work for you.
  • Weave them together by color, positioning, outlines, or arrows
  • But the most important weaving for memory is creating mental associations

Schedule your reviews

  • We remember best that which comes first and that which comes last (serial position).
  • We remember less of what comes in between.
  • Improve recall by scheduling breaks and review sessions.
  • Take a five to ten minute break in every hour of study to increase the frequency of first and last impressions.

Review, Review

  • To retain your material in long-term memory, schedule review sessions.
  • Review frequently, and the material will be yours.
  • Having your review map on one-page makes reviewing easy and enjoyable.

Memory is the art of attention

  • Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene developing your senses
  • As quoted from The Book of Genius:
    • Learn to look as a child or artist looks; to listen like a musician; to talk like a poet; to move like an animal or a dancer; to detect odors like a deer; and to eat and drink as if you were a master chef.
    • -Become a mini-anthropologist! Do as the Natives do!

Practice perfect recall

  • Memory suffers when we mentally separate rehearsal from performance.
  • The closer you can simulate your performance in your practice, the more effectively you will do both.
  • Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Mind Map Samples

  • Possible Mind Map for this Lecture

Possible Map to organize Essay MT

  • Possible Map to organize Essay MT

More color and Detail!

Donna’s Mind Map for Fem Theory Book

Other strategies for Reading

  • Your reading skills will improve dramatically if you use intentional strategies:
    • Read actively
    • Mark your textbook properly –but not too much! (10-120%)
    • Schedule consistent time to get class Reading done
    • Read carefully
    • Review your reading and noted pages periodically

Stickies & Highlighters!

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  • 1. Use Your Head, by Tony Buzan, part of the BBC Mind Set Series, is the classic
  • book for learning how your brain is better than you think, improving your reading,
  • memory, and study methods, from the originator of Mind Mapping. Visit:
  • http://www.buzancentres.com
  • 2. The Brain Book, by Peter Russell, is a superb introduction to the facts and theories
  • which support Mind Mapping as the most effective tool to support memory,
  • note taking, reading, and learning. For a brief history of how memory techniques
  • in history developed into the technique of Mind Mapping,
  • visit: http://www.mind-map.com/EN/mindmaps/history/memory_techniques.html
  • William Reed, Buzan Mind Mapping® Instructor
  • mailto:info@b-smart.net http://www.b-smart.net
  • © 2005, William Reed B-SMART Systems Tamura Bldg. 6F 4-23-17
  • Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013 JAPAN
  • Tel: +81 (3)-5953-8816 Fax: +81 (3)-5953-8862
  • Mind Maps® are a Registered Trademark of the Buzan Organization, used here with enthusiastic permission.
  • Mind Mapping STRATEGIES Jan 2005 Making the most of your memory

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