Mind Mapping Examples and Explanation

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Today I wanted to talk to you about a new way to organize your thoughts. A new way to take notes during class that will help you not only remember those notes, but also to review them when it comes time to do that.

It's called mind mapping and it was developed by a man named Tony Buzan and all it is is just a different way of organizing your thoughts and taking notes that is very non-linear.

Now we've all been in grade school and middle school and high school where we have learned to take notes by starting at the top of the page and taking notes all the way down the page under the title.

Mind map is a little different and instead of writing top to bottom, you turn it on it's side and start in the center with the main topic and work out form that main topic. This is a fantastic way to to take notes and remember things better because as you mind map, you include images and often even colors and this is starting to engage not only your logical part of your brain, but the creative side as well.

As you engage both of those, you will be able to remember things longer and recall them better because your mind will remember images better than it will remember words.

Let me show you a few examples of my mind maps and help you understand how to build a mind map so you can easily and immediately implement this in your next class lecture.

Here we are, I just wanted to show you some of my hand written mind maps first. These are actually mind maps that I've taken during class lectures. This was actually in a supply chain management class.

You can see the different elements I implement here. I implement images in all sorts of different places. I include stars. This was something that was going to be included on a test. I include big numbers and just many many different things that I can use to help me remember.

Let me go to the next one. And this is just kind of a different approach the other one before was just individual lines drawn out. These are more like branches with a world in the middle because its global supply chain management so I drew a picture of the world to help me remember that.

And then, you can see again, just images coming all the way around, kind of helping me to remember what is next.

Now, this is actually a mind map of a section of a book. you can see the chapters 1-6. You can see I'm implementing the different colors. See I have red right there, green right here, blue right here, and then black in the middle. So another element there.

Here's another one with different colors on it, that was done in colored pencil. This is one I did in my tax class. I had to remember a lot of different rules. So , I just created pictures to help me remember those things as I go around. and then when I got home, when I was reviewing my notes, I just decided to color code it. So it would help me, again, to remember.

Here's another one from that same tax class. Again, lots of rules to remember, so I drew lots of pictures, lots of different things.

And this is kind of messy, but its because there's two different mind maps on it. There's one right up here in the corner. Let me see if I can draw that. Right here is where that one separates from this one.

So I just wanted to give you an idea of what mind maps look like. Really the greatest things about it is that you don't need to worry about being super creative or need to worry about if your doing mind maps right.

The best thing is make sure you involve pictures, make sure you are trying to keep it to just the keywords, and you can do whatever you want with it. Go in any direction you wan with it. Do it in any color.

Just involve both the creative part of your brain and the logic side of your brain and you'll get the desired results. I hope that this helps you have better success in remembering what you take notes on and good luck!

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