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Ever wondered why you are unable to clearly relate the information on a particular subject after brainstorming for hours on it? Mind Mapping may help you understand why!

Mind Mapping is an effective technique that helps you to improve and enhance your information recording system and support in problem-solving.

It is a great tool that can be used in elementary schools to help students with reading, thinking, and learning.

Mind Mapping Skills in the field of Education

So What Are Mind Maps?

Mind maps are vivid organizers used to organize and join concepts, helping students to understand how individual concepts relate to each other and how they fit into a larger knowledge framework.

Educationists and students have been drawing concept maps and mind maps on paper for many years. Visual software applications, in particular mind mapping tools, have computerized this process, making it more efficient to brainstorm concepts as ideas or branches. This allows for the creation of much larger mind maps, and the capability to easily re-organize branches by dragging and dropping them around the map

In a mind map, concepts are usually inter linked and put in a radial pattern around a main concept. To create a mind map, start with a main concept and then enlarge into branching sub-concepts. Additionally, related concepts can be added to these sub-concepts. You can continue adding new branches and sub-branches until all concepts are captured and connected, reflecting your grasp of the topic.

Why to Use Mind Maps in Schools?

Mind mapping is an stimulating educational tool because it promotes learning by helping students understand and organize information, making connections between and among concepts, identifying concepts that are absent, and learn by making logic of information, information they already possess and the new information.

Some of the many reasons why we should use mind maps in education:

  • Mind mapping help us systematize vast amount of information into a single, rational map.
  • Mind maps are visual, allowing us to develop, understand, and preserve information in a way that most of us learn best.
  • Mind maps promotes creativity by helping children see both existing and missing connections.
  • Mind maps allow for the attachment of files, website links, images, video, and other resources without avoidable visual clutter.
  • Mind maps are electronic and can be effortlessly created and shared.
  • Mind maps promote sharing and partnership between students and teachers.

A pilot study for students in a Nursing Program was conducted and students were divided into two groups, one group using mind mapping and mind mapping templates for different subject areas and the other group continuing with their usual learning methods. The study concluded that pre-made mind maps:

  • Improved simulation resulting in learning significantly
  • Positively impacted the learning experience
  • Produced a 12% increase in test scores

Authored by Dr. Rosetta Williams, an expert Education Consultant, an accomplished educationist and a strategic leader with experience of over 28 years in managing and leading education institutions, new academic ventures, education policy formulation and change management across multiple locations in India and abroad.

Please contact her at for expert consultation in the field of education.

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