Mind Mapping is purported to be a powerful graphic technique which provides a key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, color and spatial awareness – in a uniquely powerful manner. This is supposed to give you the freedom to roam the expanses of your brain and its proponents claim it can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance performance. The idea is to get information in and out of your brain in a creative and logical way. It's a means of note-taking that maps out your ideas.
All Mind Maps are organized in a way that starts at the center and use lines, symbols, words, color and images according to simple, brain-friendly concepts. It converts a long list of monotonous information into a colorful and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain's natural way of doing things. Does it work? Maybe, maybe not. 5 Reasons To Stop Mind Mapping
Mind mapping sparks creativity, aids learning, makes ideas concrete and boosts productivity by reproducing in visual form the way the brain functions and allows freelancers, entrepreneurs and other creative workers to take a peek inside their head and understand what’s on their minds.
Advocates say it can be very beneficial, BUT...it might not work to help you learn something because the charts you create are unorganized, messy and they don’t follow any recognized learning methods and they do nothing for retention. That's because the technique is a visualization tool rather than a learning tool. Basically what it does is, it allows you to visualize information you already have in your head; creativity and productivity only happens after the map has been created.
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