The premise of the mind map is that information is not always easily organised in a linear fashion. Mind maps capitalise on the way our brains work by allowing information to be collected and then reviewed in a creative way.
Essentially, mind mapping is a method of creating notes on a subject in a two – dimensional structure. It is useful for visualising a topic, breaking down/identifying its component parts and then analysing and problem solving. Instead of listing information in a traditional way, a mind map shows information in a format which for some, is easier to remember.
Let us take a look at an example of a very simple mind map.
Here is how the psychologist Tony Buzan of the Buzan Organisation suggests creating a mind map:
As well as being constructive for summarising and consolidating information, mind maps are an excellent memory aid as they are quick to access. You can use them to construct your notes and for review purposes and also, when reciting learned information on paper later on.
Mind mapping takes a bit of practice and there are no hard and fast rules as to exactly how you should do it. If you are a naturally linear person, you might not find a mind map particularly useful as a memory aid and may prefer to stick with traditional lists and bullet points.
These are techniques for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall and use poems, phrases and acronyms.
Examples include the colours of the rainbow acronym (Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain) and the ’30 days hath September’ rhyme for remembering the number of days in each calendar month.
The idea behind using mnemonics is “encoding”. Encoding is a method of attributing information with a visual or perhaps auditory image.