the addictive nature of mind maps and how effective they are
Just as one does not simply pee with a boner, or win an argument with a woman (i apologise on two counts to the ladies who may be reading) ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY LEARN WITHOUT A MINDMAP. Either that, or I have managed to, over a period of about four or five very geeky (yet equally ambitious) months, be overcome by a severe, possibly crippling, geeky addiction.
Symptoms: I am currently reading no more then 5 books (including one textbook), each having its very own incomplete A3 mind map, some often spreading to more then one page. All other (non-fiction) books I have read to this date have managed have been successfully mind-mapped. all my units at uni have ended up as huge coagulations of word and image on a single page, to the extent that not a single dot point from any lecture or tutorial has been overlooked.
FEEL my pain?
The most unfortunate thing is that there are very little studies on the topic – some have hinted to their effectiveness in improving the learning of some students – but are only relevant in the short term as they mostly reverted to their more preferred process of note-taking. Others have suggested a balanced incorporation of both hemispheres as well as avoiding something called a ‘semi-hynotic trance’ (sounds seductively intellectual!) that are apparently caused by other forms of note taking.
Anyway, it seems a fairly niche or far-fetched topic, so I’m probably asking a lot for their to be very much writing on it. The reason I even ask is because I have never in my life wished more but to be terribly knowledgeable, and would love it if anyone could explain if they have been similarly inclined, and whether it is in fact something to be scorned or cherished.
Its not solving world hunger, problematic economics or climate change, but I would love to hear everyone else’s thoughts?
I think your first post sentence was possibly written in the best way possible, also you’ve convinced me to check out mind mapping
@zhaetur, I agree completely
thanks guys, I’m sure you’ll find it to be very fruitful. another thought is if it is in anyway person-specific? as in, whether some people would find better use of it then others…
@wesleyleigh, Holy shit dude you’re good at wording things. Keep mind mapping lol. I’m going to look into it, unless you care to summarize the process?
I’ve made mind maps before without really realizing I was doing it. I can testify that it’s more effective than writing things out as a mode for cementing thoughts. I’m pretty unorganized at it though. As I basically spontaneously invented it for myself and didn’t really understand the nature of what I was doing, nor did I realize the effectiveness of it.
@danfontaine, If you are more of a visual person I think it is way more effective then writing things out. The whole idea is boom, right there, in its simple, easiest way to see and understand it. I tend to be extremely unorganized so this visual method of brainstorming, I feel, could be an extremely helpful technique.
@danfontaine, thanks dude! i was pretty much the same, now that I think of it I recall even doing it in high school, on no less then A1 and A2 pieces of paper- the information just seemed so much easier to access and understand when it was all on one page rather then throughout 10 pages of notes… also I noticed that the simple pleasure of drawing lines, bubbles, clouds and pretty much whatever my brain would envision to draw in between and around the text made it more just that much funner to write.
finally, i think everyone can benefit from visual learning – especially when its of your own creation. something that gives a fervent sway to this thought is that your mind does not think in words or statements, but in pictures. this TED talk is a good example of this (on such an awesome topic i might add, its definitely worth a watch if you haven’t already!) http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/denis_dutton_a_darwinian_theory_of_beauty.html
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