Ever since Tony Buzan introduced the concept if mind maps in 1974, millions and millions of people have benefited from its simplicity and ability to maximise our time, effort and productivity rate in whichever purpose it may serve us: whether for brainstorming the latest product for a company, creating a task managing diagram for team members in a project, or planning one’s weekly activities. But one of the biggest endeavours nowadays is utilising this powerful and effective tool in the field education: the use of mind mapping for students.
So why make using mind maps a habit for studying? While traditional note taking and jotting down lecture points and key ideas is the norm when it comes to assimilating information in the classroom, mind mapping has proven to be a less problematic, and more creative, stimulating, and comprehensive way of absorbing new learnings for students, whether in elementary level or post graduate. There is a multitude of ways to take advantage of this productivity tool in school, but here are some great ideas:
1. Making a School To do list
Having to study a plethora of subjects can take its toll on any student—in fact, it can be downright traumatising for some who get overwhelmed with the volume of homework, projects, assignments, papers and reports.
Using mind maps enable students to organise school work by subject or course, and indicate deadlines and their projected time frames in order to prioritise which tasks to do first. This also ensures that no task is overlooked or forgotten in the midst of a busy week. This mind map can be tacked on a bulletin board in front of the study desk, placed on the refrigerator door, so parents also have an access to it and post reminders, or created in a mind mapping software, such as
2. Aid in Memorisation
Most lessons, whether in primary schools or universities, require tons of memorising, and this can be a problem for students who have a hard time ingraining information into their minds from a piece of paper or a page of a notebook filled with scribbles from top to bottom.
With mind mapping for students, one can use different colours for every different line branching out from one central idea to it subcategories and subtopics. This radial design, varied hues, and the varying shapes of each branch ‘trigger’ memories, thus allowing a student to recall information faster. Preparing for that big exam has never been easier!
3. For Reports and Presentations
We all know that having a mind map helps in retaining more information readily and easily—so why not use one as a presenting tool or visual aid? Showing a mind map of the topic or subject matter that you are reporting on gives an instant indication that you are confidently and completely knowledgeable about your presentation. And since you see the keywords and images that you have made yourself, it helps you remember all the details and information, so less chances that you’ll choke and forget the whole thing! Mind maps also make great tools as printed materials such as flyers for that impressive and comprehensive hand out. With this technique, you’ll be the master presenter in school, in no time at all!