MIND MAPPING TECHNIQUES

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					          UNIT 4 MIND MAPPING
              TECHNIQUES
At the end of this session, you will:

 UNDERSTAND THE THINKING
  PATTERN OF THE HUMAN
  BRAIN

 USE RADIANT THINKING AND MIND MAPPING
  TO ENHANCE THINKING AND NOTE MAKING

 ENHANCE MEMORY
                MIND MAPPING
ACTIVITY I
Think about nature in terms of the architecture of
the following:
      - a flower
      - a leaf
      - lightning
      - a tree
 Is there a similar pattern you can observe?

ACTIVITY 2
Close your eyes and think about your best friend. What do
you find?
            MIND MAPPING
ACTIVITY 3
Write on a piece of paper in LINEAR form 16 words
or ideas associated with the word COLLEGE in the
following format:
                      COLLEGE
1) -------------------      9) -------------------
2) -------------------
3) ----------------------
4) ---------------------
5) ----------------------
6) -------------------------
7) ------------------------
8) -----------------------
RADIANT / DIVERGENT
     THINKING

NOTICE WHEN WE USED THE SPOKES
OR BRANCHES RADIATING FROM THE
WORD COLLEGE, MORE IDEAS AND
CONCEPTS EMERGES IN CONTRAST TO
THE CONVENTIONAL LINEAR FORMAT

YOUR THINKING BEGAN TO GROW AND
EXPAND RATHER THAN BEING CONFINE.
       MAKING MIND MAPS

STEP 1
USE AN A4 BLANK SHEET OR A3 IF AVAIABLE
DRAW THE MIND MAP HORIZONTALLY RATHER
THAN VERTICALLY. THIS ENABLES MORE SPACE
TO WORK WITH

STEP 2
START AT THE CENTRE OF THE PAGE AND
RADIATE OUT. DRAW AN IMAGE OR SYMBOL IN
THE CENTRE TO REPRESENT THE THEME OR
TOPIC
           MIND MAPPING
STEP 3
ATTACH MAIN THEMES TO THE CENTRAL IMAGE
THE BRAIN WORKS BY ASSOCIATION. PRINT
WORDS IN LARGE CAPITAL LETTERS ON TOP OF
THICK LINES HAVING THE SAME LENGTH AS THE
WORDS

THE LARGE CAPITAL LETTERS AND THICK LINES
EMPHASISE THE HIERARCHY AND SIGNIFICANCE
OF IDEAS BY MAKING THEM MORE VISIBLE AND
THUS MORE MEMORABLE
          MIND MAPPING
STEP 4
USE A HAYFORK OR FISHBONE TECHNIQUE TO
CONNECT SUBSIDIARY LINES TO MAIN LINES

THIS REFLECT THE LOGIC AND ASSOCIATIVE
NATURE OF THE BRAIN
PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE LONG ESTABLISHED
THAT PEOPLE LEARN BY ASSOCIATING
NEW KNOWLEDGE TO EXISTING KNOWLEDGE
AND EXPERIENCE
          MIND MAPPING
STEP 5
PRINT KEY WORDS ON THE CONNECTING LINES
OR BRANCHES

EACH KEY WORD ON A LINE/ BRANCH GIVES THE
BRAIN MORE FREEDOM TO BRANCH OUT IN A
CONNECTIVE FASHION FROM THAT WORD
         MIND MAPPING
STEP 6
USE COLOUR THROUGHOUT

COLOUR FURTHER ENHANCES THE MIND MAPS
MAKING IT MORE INTERESTING, UNIQUE AND
OUTSTANDING AND IMPROVING RETENTION AND
RECALL
          MIND MAPPING
STEP 7
USE IMAGES, SYMBOLS AND CODES

PERSONALISE THE CONTENTS TO REPRESENT
MAIN THEMES. IMAGES IMPROVE PROBLEM
SOLVING AND COMMUNICATION AND OVER
TIME WILL IMPROVE A PERSON’S PERCEPTUAL
SKILLS.
           MIND MAPPING
STEP 8
SEGMENT THEMAIN THEMES BY DRAWING
BOUNDARY LINES AROUND THEM

THIS GIVES THE MIND MAPS ITS UNIQUE BRAIN
 PATTERNED SHAPE. MIND MAPS CHUNK
INFORMATION INTO MEANINGFUL AND
 ORGANISED GROUPS BY A PROCESS OF
 SEGMENTATION AND AID RETENTION AND
 RECALL OF INFORMATION
ADVANTAGES OF MIND MAPPING
  FLEXIBLE
  RECALL
  ASSOCIATIONS
  MULTI SENSORY
  ESSENCE
  WORTWHILE VISUAL AID
  ORGANISED
  RECONNAISANCE
  KNOWLEDGE OF LEFT-RIGHT BRAIN

				
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