Mind mapping: How to make learning fun

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Mind mapping is still one of the best ways to organise information and memorise new material.

This is according to communications specialist, Isabella Strong. She believes mind mapping can help individuals learn better, write better and manage projects with ease.

What is a mind map?

Mind mapping is an effective way of recording and sorting information. "It helps you to organise your ideas and concepts," says Strong.

Information is captured in the form of a 'spider diagram'. Diagrams can vary in shape and size according to the amount of information available.

"Mind maps always start with a central idea," explains Strong. This idea is expanded to incorporate related themes in sub-sections.

This is a great tool for learners as it helps to categorise data in a logical and creative way.

One of the advantages of mind mapping is that it stimulates both sides of the brain. As a result the "learning process becomes rapid and more effective."

The left brain

The left side of the brain is said to promote linear thinking and is the place where logic and analytical thought processes happen. This is side of the brain usually works with numbers, language, speech and writing. Lawyers, judges and bankers tend to be left-brained.

The right brain

The right side of the brain controls rhythm, colour, imagination and intuition. This is known as the 'creative' side of the brain. This is side of the brain works with spatial relationships, music, art and patterns.

Why use a mind map?

Mind maps require the use of both sides of the brain as it combines random and structured elements.

This activates both areas of the brain and helps learners to engage with the information at a higher level.

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