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Dr. Corinne: Using Mind Mapping to Organize Your Thoughts and Improve Learning

Dr. Corinne Weaver : Jun 26, 2020  DrCorinneWeaver.com

Mind mapping is an external reflection of your own natural thinking patterns, facilitated by visuals and graphics. The process of creating a mind map will not only help you get thoughts out but will also help you organize and export your thoughts into more simplified lists later on.

My son just graduated high school and I put together a picture/video movie together of his life. As I was reflecting his life, tears streamed down my face. Life moves so fast. He has always been a good kid and he loves to learn. Yes, I am using this moment to brag about him. He was the President of his school and the President of the Student Government (pretty rare). He is loved by many and desires to make a positive change in this world. Why do I bring all this up? Well, I have learned a learning technique that has helped my kids and I achieve more. Today I want to share a learning technique that can help you and your children. It's called mind mapping. Have you heard of it?? (Image: via Mindmapping.com)

Mind mapping is a creative and logical means of notetaking and an effective way of getting information in and out of your brain. The technique of mind mapping converts long lists of information into a non-linear and more intuitive format. Basically, mind-mapping is a diagram that works in line with your brain's natural tendency to categorize and make connections.

Some people compare mind mapping to the map of a city. The downtown city center represents the main idea, and the roads leading to and away from that center represent key thoughts and concepts. You can also think of mind mapping as a tree, with branches that reach out away from the tree itself but are still connected. The great thing about mind mapping is that you can bounce around and make connections in a non-linear way, in any order, as they pop into your head.

Mind mapping is an external reflection of your own natural thinking patterns, facilitated by visuals and graphics. The process of creating a mind map will not only help you get thoughts out but will also help you organize and export your thoughts into more simplified lists later on.

So, what specifically might you use mind maps for? Let's find out!

Writing is like piecing together a puzzle; you must make sure that all the important components are included so that your message makes sense. If you sit down to write without planning beforehand, you run the risk of leaving out important information that could be crucial in getting your point across. Whether you're preparing for a writing assignment, crafting the perfect email, or planning out a presentation, mind mapping is a great tool to lay out all your ideas, make connections, and make sure you don't miss any main points.

If you're in the process of making a video or other graphic medium, creating a mind map can be a great way to plan out your thoughts and turn them into a hierarchy of ideas that clearly communicate your message. Use mind mapping to assign a series of tasks to people, plan out sequencing, and get an easy-to-comprehend strategy in place for reaching your goals.

When you're introducing a new idea to a group of people, it's easy to let details overwhelm the main picture. Use mind-mapping to help your audience grasp the main points while still including important details. Increase your personal understanding of new content by creating a mind-map. Whether it's for a lecture, a reading, or during an important conversation you're having, drawing out a mind map can help you gain a thorough understanding of the content while also making space to ask questions and fill in blanks.

Students can use mind mapping as a note-taking tool in class. Furthermore, mind mapping can be used as a tool for refreshing concept ideas before quizzes, tests, and writing assignments. Mind mapping helps you study less because you begin to understand the information at a deeper level by getting straight to the point instead of reading over notes at a superficial level. Use mind maps with lots of graphics and visuals to communicate new ideas and concepts with children. Mind mapping is easier to follow and will help children form new understandings that could be missed if they were presented with a paragraph of reading or a linear list instead.

As we've just discussed, practically anyone can use mind mapping for a variety of reasons. In other words, anything that you can think of can be mind mapped. Now, let's walk through how you can get started.

Begin in the center of your page and write out your central theme. Why start in the middle? Because creatively, this gives your brain the freedom to spread out in any direction and express itself more freely.

If you don't want to use words, try images! Why? Because whenever we think of something, an image will automatically take form in your mind. By incorporating this image into your map, you will help yourself later on.

Your brain works by associating topics and naturally wants to link multiple ideas together. So, after you place your central topic on the page, develop related subtopics, and arrange them around that central topic. Connect each subtopic to the center with a line. Associations branching off directly from the central theme are called first-level associations. From there, you'll create second-level associations, then third, and so on. These connections are essential for remembering and thinking.

Try drawing your associations as curved lines. Why? Because the brain likes curves. It's true! Behavioral researchers have known for some time that people consistently show a preference for curves over hard lines and angles. Check it out

Too many words can make things confusing. Make things simple by skipping full sentences and using keywords instead. Use space and proximity to show HOW connected certain associations are. The more closely associated, the closer together you can physically place them. The less associated they are with one another, the more space you'll leave in between.

One thing you don't want is for your map to get overwhelmed with words and information; this will only create more confusion. Seven first-level associations per central idea is a good cap. This is because studies have shown that the mind can only grasp about 7 topics at one time. (Image: Pixabay)

Research shows that people who use color in their imagination, or when they're learning, are better at remembering information than those who don't. Try using a different colored marker to map out each association stemming from the central theme.

A picture is worth a thousand words and can help you stay interested, on topic, and boost your imagination. Plus, if you're working with a topic that's completely foreign to you or the audience you're presenting it to, using visuals can help people gain a better grasp of the message.

While mind mapping with a pen and paper is perfectly fine, why not take advantage of the technological tools out there? Using a computer program or app will allow you to input images, add links, and share maps electronically with co-workers. If you're interested in learning more about these tools, check out this article.

Using this technique can help you in all areas of your life, especially my son as he prepares for college. I hope that you are able to walk away with a better understanding of how mind maps work and how you can use them to your advantage! I hope you will take on this challenge for yourself so you can expand your brain and learn need things. If you have any other health and wellness concerns you'd like to address, let me know! I love working one-on-one to help people live healthier lifestyles. My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. If you or someone you know needs help, make sure you reach out because I am available for a telehealth call. Let's continue to share Hope in this world and get on our knees to pray to our Heavenly Father asking Him to strengthen us daily realizing it's impossible to live the Christian life without Him. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

God Bless!!

Keep Breathing,
Dr. Corinne Weaver 

Email: Dr@DrCorinneWeaver.com
Website: 
www.DrCorinneWeaver.com

References:

MindMapping.com

SimpleMind.eu

LiteMind.com

MindMup.com

Mashable.com

LifeHacker.com

Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.

Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds. 

Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.







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