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Structure your lessons and ideas with the help of a mind map

It can be beneficial to use the mind map as a learning aid. This use accentuates comprehension while promoting memorization. Our collaborator gives advice on how to integrate it into your practice.

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When reviewing concepts from the pages of their textbooks, some students may not remember important points or their ideas. This situation is quite common, even for experienced students. To remedy this, structuring lessons and ideas using mind maps can be particularly effective for some.

Usually, learning is something that takes effort and persistence. However, this is not enough for some. For example, even if a person tries hard to study, the simple fact of not understanding well or not having the big picture will force him to work a lot, and maybe even for nothing. 

This is why it can be practical to use the mind map as a learning aid. A mind map is used to develop one's raw ideas, or the ideas of a group of people, into a simple, content-rich, meaningful visual representation. Like the brain, the mind map interprets connections and associations of ideas.

How to learn on a mind map?

Learning on mind maps involves putting your ideas, or important information from a lesson, on a visual graph adapted to the brain. This practice accentuates understanding while promoting memorization. 

To do it by hand:

  • Start with a sheet of paper and crayons of different colors;
  • Write the main subject in the center of the sheet;
  • Frame it or circle it;
  • Put the main ideas around the central topic;
  • Draw lines to connect the main ideas to the central topic;
  • Continue in the same way, starting with each main idea, to represent the secondary ideas;
  • For clarity, it is advisable to include pictures, drawings.

Realization of mind maps using software

While it is possible to make mind maps by hand, software exists to facilitate this task.

Below are some examples:

  • GitMind : this software, available online, can be used to design mind maps. On this platform, you can start a new project, or modify already ready models.
  • LucidChart : it is a software which allows to learn on a mental map. It offers several useful features.
  • Microsoft Word: You can even design mind maps while being offline with Microsoft Word. For that, you just need to use the graphic shapes built into Word.

In conclusion, structuring your lessons and ideas on a mind map gives a clearer sense of how to learn. It becomes a tool to remember, to revise and study better afterwards. The student avoids constantly rereading course notes or textbooks for nothing.

In addition : The mental map represents a learning aid tool presented by Marie-Andrée Croteau in her dossier Applied Neuroscience in Education: Learning Better by Doing Better (reserved for subscribers of École branchée magazine).

We can also reread the file Mental maps… or the art of promoting student success by making life easier (even if it is a bit dated!).

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