While I was teaching I attended an inset course with Tony Buzan on Mind Mapping. Mind Mapping is such a useful tool in education. In the classroom, I used Mind Maps in a variety of ways such as: each time we began a new topic, as a visual plan for story-writing and at the end of topics to consolidate our class learning. During revision, Mind Mapping is a proven method for boosting organisation, focus and recall ability. Mind Mapping can also be used in everyday life. I was sent a copy of Mind Map Mastery by Tony Buzan which has given me a refresher course on using Mind Maps, it’s “the complete guide to learning and using the most powerful learning tool in the universe”. Read on to find out more and for a chance to win a copy of Mind Map Mastery for yourself:
Mind Map Mastery – About the Book
A Mind Map is a revolutionary thinking tool which, when mastered, will transform your life. If you are looking to study for exams, improve your memory, plan your kid’s party or plan your future then this book is for you.
For the past five decades, Tony Buzan has been at the leading edge of learning and educational research with his revolutionary Mind Map technique. With Mind Map Mastery, he has distilled these years of global research into the clearest most powerful instructional work available on the Mind Map technique.
Mind Mapping is an intricate diagram that mirrors the structure of a brain cell with branches reaching out from its centre, evolving through patterns of association. However, since its inception in the mid-1960s, the Mind Map has proved to be much more than an excellent means of notetaking: it is an efficient and profoundly inspiring way to feed our starving minds, intellects and spirits.
Developed both for those new to the Mind Map concept as well as more experienced users who would like to revise and expand their expertise, Mind Map Mastery is the one Mind Mapping book needed on the shelf of every student across the world.
With a clarity and depth that far exceeds any other book on the subject, it includes the history of the development of the Mind Map, an explanation of what makes a Mind Map, why it’s such a powerful tool, illustrated step-by-step techniques for Mind Map development.
About the Author
Tony Buzan invented the Mind Map technique five decades ago.Tony Buzan’s work on Mind Maps has been published in over 30 languages and 100 countries. There are many books on MindMaps, but this is the most complete volume from Mind Mapsinventor Tony Buzan. Tony Buzan is also the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling How to Mind Map and Mind Maps for Kids series. He appears regularly on television, radio and in print, and lectures all over the world. He advises international businesses, governments, educational authorities and Olympic athletes.
This book introduces us to the subject of Mind Mapping from the very beginning- “What is a Mind Map?” so is very useful for beginners to this technique. I found this handy for me to pass the power of Mind Mapping onto my son, Danny as he’s currently revising for his GCSEs therefore needs all the study skills available to him. Using Mind Maps can also cut down on the amount of writing needed in revision which is definitely a plus point for Danny.
The book then leads us onto “How to Mind Map”. I found this a great refresher as I haven’t used Mind Maps for a while. The visual examples are very useful too.
One chapter that I found very interesting was “What is Not a Mind Map?”. So many people confuse brain storming and other web type diagrams with Mind Mapping, however the laws of Mind Mapping – which include only having one word per branch and the use of images, need to be followed to allow the resource to be visually appealing and fully effective.
Taking a look at the future of Mind Mapping was also useful. I still prefer to write and draw Mind Maps on paper. But, I know Danny will prefer to make his digitally and there are advantages, such as being able to edit each Mind Map, so we were interested in the digital resources now available. Since reading this book the future of Mind Mapping has changed for me. It’s reminded me Mind Maps are not just educational tools for the classroom, they can also be used in everyday life and to find solutions for any problems. I could use them for planning events (parties etc), making life decisions and in blog planning. The uses are endless to be honest (in fact there is also a chapter on the infinite applications of Mind Maps).
Have you used Mind Mapping before? I’d love to hear about your experiences. If you haven’t would you like to give it a go?
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