For example if someone says “house” what appears in your mind? Do you see the word “house” of do you see a picture of a house, maybe your own house? The majority of us sees a picture. I did a little test: five people saw a picture, one person saw a word, but switched within a second to seeing a picture.
Mind mapping is thinking in pictures
Working with mind maps helps achieve higher learning efficiency. But why? Because mind maps function the same way our brain functions. Our brains are always looking for connections in the large amounts of information they have to process. Basically our brains make an endless amount of mind maps, which are also interconnected.
Our brains love to mind map
Our brains love structure. A mind map has a comparable structure. Here are the five steps to make a mind map:
1. Preparation (the material: paper, coloured pencils and don’t forget the pictures of drawings)
2. Write the main topic in the middle
3. Then you draw lines from the main topic to create sub topics
4. Then write the important sub topics at the end of the lines
5. Expand information about the sub topics in the same way
What do we get out of the mind map?
1. They are useful in many situations
2. Visual aids support learning
3. Interaction between hear-, read- ad see-culture
4. Can be uses by people regardless of their type of intelligence
5. It’s a better way to handle large amounts of information
6. Clarify the relations and connections between pieces of information
7. They show that the world is much more complex
8. Promote co-operative learning
9. They optimize self-reflection