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Mind Mapping Improves Memory
What is Mind Mapping?
Mind Mapping is an effective method using visible form to recall information from memory. It is a representation of information in a personalized way using a mixture of diagrams, graphics or charts to link up the relationship between groups of interrelated elements. It is usually organized according to different levels of importance and groupings. It could be as simple as a few elements surrounding a main topic, or a breakdown of a few interrelated areas surrounding a big topic. For instance, it could be as simple as a shopping list or as complicated as a project that includes all elements from finance, human resources, and operations to any other related elements that has a stake in the success of the whole project.
Why Mind Mapping?
Mind Mapping is specifically useful in presenting the big picture of a brainstorming session where ideas that are thrown are random and scattered. More organized mind map can next be drafted based on the initial session. Using Mind Mapping, it is found that it enhances understanding and memorizing while improves skills and intelligence.
Mind mapping can stimulate various capabilities within us. For example, we may want to think of what is the information required to make good personal decision and judgment. Naturally, we are communicating actively with the information available in our memory. In other words, we are like talking to our own memory, asking ourselves what are the concerns, pros and cons of making the decision we would like to make.
Mind mapping can also stimulate some parts of our body that have its own functions such as thinking, observing, choosing, drawing and determining what we want. Our hands are participating in the process while the brain is thinking. It is a process that requires different parts of our body to work together as a team.
Using a mind mapping means we have to utilize the skills to organize information to achieve accuracy and ease of understanding. Mind mapping also allows us to make the relation more easily and quickly. For example, we can easily link between causes and effects that cause discipline issue of students at school.
What we initiate will be remembered and enforced by the diagrams or pictures and writings that we have done. Hence, the brain could in the fastest manner associate the main topic with several other subtopics. This will eventually form the whole idea of what we want from our memory.
In addition, the usage of mind mapping can potentially balance the use of the left brain and right brain as logical thinking is mastered in the left brain while creativity and graphical skills are dominant in the right brain.
What is interesting about mind mapping is that it incorporates all aspects of language, analytical, design, mathematic, sensory, and so forth as a whole. Other advantages in a mind mapping are that it is easy to use and suitable for all purposes.
Mind mapping is suitable as a tool for the students to take quick notes in school or for memorizing or revisions before exams. It is also suitable for leisure notes taking from reading a book. It could also be used in preparation before a debate, keynotes done before meeting, or as casual as a “to do” list for the weekend.
With Mind Mapping, we will no longer need to think so hard to remember all the elements of the mind map as our memory can be recalled with the assistance of the drawings and writings.
Mind Mapping Process
Mind mapping can be prepared easily anywhere at any time. It can be drawn in a notebook, on a white board or on any piece of paper, starting by writing down the main topic of our concern in the middle. For example, as in the diagram, the main topic is “Student Discipline Problem”. From here, various other elements or matters related to the topic will be added in the form of a branch or branches, such as “what are the sources for student discipline problem”, “what are the effects” and “how to overcome this problem”. From the branches above, we can further link in a variety of other small facts to the contents’ branches as the next level items. This process can go on and on until all points are added. There is no limit as to the number of levels the mind map should have. In order to enhance memory or where appropriate, we can also include various other images that can make a mind map more interesting and unique.