Mind Mapping: Why? And How?
Mind Mapping is a skill that can enhance your learning, improve your recording abilities, and develop creative problem solving techniques. With the help of Mind Mapping, you can easily recognize the structure of a theme which will help in your understanding. Furthermore, Mind Mapping provides you such skills that can help you remember information as they shape it in a way that makes it easier for the mind to recall and review.
- Brainstorming Sessions.
- Concluding data, and note taking.
- Fusing information from diverse research sources.
- Complex problems troubleshooting.
- Shaping up your work into a structure.
- Studying and learning.
Step 1: The BasicsMind Mapping has revolves around several features that put together to function as a mind map. Visual Picture: Mind mapping is about focusing on the Big Picture and the connection of the things related to it instead of looking into the trivial points individually. A Focal Point: The base of the mind map is a focal point from which all the other happenings stem out. A Hierarchical Structure: A Hierarchy is followed in building a mind map where further branches spread out from a general idea. Many Possibilities: Mind Maps usually accommodate many possibilities for a single query. An example giving an overview of mind mapping is provided below.
Step 2: Tools for Mind MappingThere are 2 ways to perform mind mapping. Manually by hand A large piece of paper (e.g. flip chart size) and a pencil or pen is all you need to make a mind map. Using software through computer There are a variety of free softwares available for mind mapping. Freemind Xmind Edraw Mindmap
Step 3: Basic PurposeMind Maps are completely focused over a purpose. All the progress revolves around that particular purpose. You need to have a clear picture of a resolution to further implement mind mapping. Without the purpose, mind map would simply be a picture with creatively complex illustrations.
Step4: Take the StartOnce you decide and plan out your purpose, you then take a start of mind mapping by putting the main idea at the center of the map. It will be working as starting point for your further visualizations and inferences.
Step5: Moving down in the HierarchyYou now need to proceed further in the hierarchy, directly branching out the major arguments from the central theme. These will be your main areas of thinking. For Example, if you want to prepare for a particular exam. Now you need to branch out the major tasks to perform.
- Make Schedule for preparation
- Identify the part that is already covered
- Estimate the unprepared part
- Recognizing the most critical topics
Step6: Subdivide the branchesOnce you have categorized the main tasks, you now have to address each task individually and subdivide them to list down their associated bits in order to perform the main task effectively. For example, when making the schedule for preparation, you may subdivide it into:
- Calculating the remaining time for paper and distribute the time accordingly
- Make a timetable for the daily’s work
- Make a progress table
- Distribute the syllabus onto the days remaining
Step7: Extend the level of detailFor complicated tasks, you may need to divide the braches further more in order to achieve make the tasks more simpler so that you can setup a step by step plan to achieve your main purpose.
Step8: Find the Common pointsOnce you have developed a detailed map for all the braches, you now need to identify the common terms and their possible connections with each other. This will eliminate any sort of redundancy from your map and make it as simple and achievable as possible.
Step9: Time for some ActionOnce your mind map is complete, you now need to set possible actions starting from the lowest level tasks and progressively moving up the hierarchy till you’ve finally achieved your main purpose. In a nut shell, Mind maps can help you make complicated tasks or projects, more manageable. They also develop a sense of achievement and motivate you throughout your progress eventually helping you to achieve your main goal.