Posted by: wordsmithsuk | September 27, 2012

Mind Maps for Family Learning

The National Family Learning Festival takes place from 13 October -11 November 2012 and is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning. This festival is the biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK. Every year, organisations across the country put on thousands of activities that bring families together for fun, informal learning.

Mind Mapping is a great a way of making family study as efficient and enjoyable as possible. The idea is that a group can read, Mind Map, understand and exchange information about several books in quite a short time. Each member reads one book, Mind Maps it and then tells the rest of the group about it. That way everyone ends up knowing about maybe four books – but they have only actually read one! Some people may want (or need) to read certain books for themselves – but this will be much easier because they have already had a detailed overview and some Mind Map notes. However, as many politicians and business people already know, you don’t always have to read things for yourself in order to ‘get’ them; other people can read items for you, and brief you on their content.

How Mind Maps can help

But why is it that making time for family study using Mind Maps is the one of the best ways to internalise what is being learned?

The Mind Mapping technique was designed to help the brain work in a balanced and powerful way. Unlike the logical, sequenced, notes traditionally taken by most students, the Mind Map allows our creativity to make a full contribution with colour, imagination and perspective. This makes it easier to fully develop ideas and memorise vital information. Many people have found that Mind Mapping has revitalised their whole approach to thinking and learning.

Look at this Mind Map of the works of William Shakespeare. This technique has enabled the creator to record, organise, and analyse large volumes of information and to see clearly how the different pieces of data relate to each other.

Uses and benefits of Mind Maps

You can use Mind Maps in almost every set of circumstances in which you would normally write linear notes or jot down lists of words. During lessons or lectures, Mind Maps allow you to listen and make a record of what is being said in a way that will make it easy to remember. When studying written material, you can either use the chapter headings or sub-headings of a report or book for your main branches or you can look for particular points of your own. When planning essays or dissertations, Mind Maps allow you to do all your thinking before you actually start writing, rather than during the process of writing. As a result, you can develop all your ideas and see where they relate to each other before committing them to paper. Family or group Mind Mapping brings a number of additional benefits: •

  • This method of learning is creative and enjoyable – so family members start to view study as a pleasure rather than a chore
  • Talking about their Mind Maps helps group or family members to process and recall information more efficiently
  • Mind Mapping strengthens the family unit, as each member becomes engaged in and supportive of the others’ interests

Want to know more about how to create Mind Maps?

Send an email to Nick Smith , asking for a copy of our ebook ‘Mind Mapping for Memory and Creativity’. This ebook is used widely in schools and universities to help people to learn more about the ‘art and science’ of Mind Mapping.

Click this link to find out more about the Family Learning festival


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