A mind map is a graphical way to present ideas and concepts. It is a visual brainstorming tool that helps gathering, capturing and structuring information and hence supports the user to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize and recall information and knowledge.
Mind mapping has been established and accepted as modern learning methodology. Just as in every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity.
In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. While the left half of the brain controls logic, numbers, linear thinking, analysis and language, mind maps also activate the right hemisphere, expiring the creative and visual functions. This reduces the required time to capture knowledge dramatically and is therefore used as a universal memory technique, using both sides of the brain. And, best of all, it is fun!
Albert Einstein recognised that “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it“.
The methods of mind mapping are tried-and-tested and have been implemented in learning methods. Whereas plain text is processed by the left half of the brain – which is associated with language, logic and numbers – the structures, colours and images of mind maps activate the right half of the brain – which is responsible for the visual imagination.
Mind mapping helps to gather, structure, visualise and simply better retain the subject matter to be learned. This working technique for training and professional development measures has since been developed into a tool that provides effective support.
Not least because visual learning methods with a good measure of fun help to make seminars, training, presentations and lectures diverse and exciting.
MindManager for Training:
Mind mapping with MindManager offers the ideal training platform: visual and structured – working in harmony in the same way as the two sides of our brain do. That goes for tutors as well as learners.
In this digital day and age, it’s far from uncommon for training to be computer-based. E-learning with a flexible schedule and access to learning materials from anywhere is a real alternative for more involved training opportunities.
MindManager is the intuitive visualisation software for digital learning platforms, creating and structuring even complex topics – quickly, clearly and easily – so relationships can be detected and understood better. Branches link up to relevant information and current learning progress is displayed for individual training units.
The method of mind mapping is tried-and-tested, and has been implemented as part of learning methods all over the world. Not only do school pupils and students use this approach to prepare and structure presentations and subject matter, but visual learning methods also help teachers to structure lessons in a professional, varied and student-friendly way.
The visual presentation of mind maps enables a better understanding and increased power to recall the content of the lessons. Informative texts are structured clearly, and with the help of the intuitive user interface, projects and presentations are easily mapped out.
Thanks to the clear structure of lesson materials in mind maps, subject matter can be better imparted and lessons become more varied. Linking different sources of information and collecting documents in a folder help to structure lessons in a professional and student-friendly way.
The combination of image and text items addresses both halves of the brain, which strengthens the memory and makes it easier for students to recall learned knowledge within a short space of time.