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Mind Mapping-Best Practices for Taking Notes (Part 2)

Here is part two of Terry Mazzer’s mind mapping strategies for taking notes and staying organized.  I trust you will get as much out of it as I have.  Since I always use mind maps for organizing thoughts and ideas, I find Terry’s insights to be very helpful especially as he talks about the use of color–which I just love!  We’d enjoy getting your feedback and want to learn how you are using mind maps in school and business. 

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How would you like it if your children became more creative, studied faster and more effectively, remembered better, saved time and saw the ‘whole picture’? Well, you can have this happen, can’t you? After you have read this article, you will know how a Mind Map can achieve this.  A Mind Map will accelerate your kid’s learning and gets them to use their whole brain. It works in accord with your brain by using color, images, symbols, curved lines, words, space, associations and connections to have your thought processes flow.

 

 

How to Make & Take Effective Notes With the Ultimate, Organizational Thinking Tool – A Mind Map – P2
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Terry_Mazzer]Terry Mazzer

 

 

When your children use Mind Maps, they become more creative, study faster and more effectively, remember better, save time and see the ‘whole picture’.   Surely you would agree that these reasons are absolutely huge benefits for them.

A Mind Map will accelerate your kid’s learning and gets them to use their whole brain. It works in accord with your brain by using color, images, symbols, curved lines, words, space, associations and connections to have your thought processes flow.

Originated in 1970 by Tony Buzan, Mind Maps are now used by millions of people around the world – from the very young to the very old, in business, for personal reasons…hey, for any reason at all.

OK, so what do you need to get started with a Mind Map?

 

Blank unlined paper

Colored pens and pencils

Your imagination

Rules to follow, and lastly…

A subject you want to make and take effective notes on.

 

Here Are Some Mind-Mapping Rules To Follow:

 

1) Create a unique and memorable central figure (with no box round it ); use at least 3 colors; if you feel that you are not an artist,

then photocopy or cut and paste

2) Use a piece of blank A3 paper – turn it landscape ways so you have more room for branching out.

3) Start the order of your important facts close to the central figure; less important details towards the edges. Begin at the 2 o’clock  position.

4) Use key words – which tend to be nouns; printed (upper and lower case); one per line.

5) Lines – length of each line = the length of key word or image; connect each line to end of previous line; radiate from centre;  decrease in size; centre = thick like branches of a tree; have 7 ± 2 main branches; make the branches wavy/ curved and taper off; use only one color for each branch

6) Make use of color, arrows, codes, senses, symbols, 3D images, humor, jokes, cartoons, different pens ( fat, thin, glitter, scented, highlighters)

7) Review -Date your mind map and add these review codes: 10, D,W,M,3M at the bottom right hand corner (10 = 10 minutes, D= day, W= week, M= month, 3M = 3 months) Cross out after you have done each review.

 

OK, It’s Time for Some Action. Here’s What I invite you to do NOW:

 

Search for Tony Buzan and discover how magical Mind mapping is.

Begin by brainstorming a topic and then grouping the sections into categories.( This was shown in a previous article.)

 

Using Buzan’s mind map examples, get started creating your own mind map and follow the rules mentioned above.

 

Model a mind mapping activity to your children and have them actively involved.

 

Have FUN learning and remembering.

 

Here’s What I Want You To Do Now- Claim your instant FREE access to a MP3 recording of one of my teleseminars by going to http://www.SecretsToRaisingSmartRichKids.com  – you’ll get practical tips and valuable information about this critical topic and you can ask me your most burning question about ‘Raising a Smart Rich Kid’.

 

AND….You will also get access to my FREE ‘Raising Smart Rich Kids Mentor’ Tele-seminars

 

P.S. By the way, do you know someone else who would benefit from this article? Please send them the link to it……and you can, can you not?

 

From Terry Mazzer – The Raising Smart Rich Kids’ Mentor – “Work SMARTER, not harder”

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Mind Mapping–Brainstorming Best Practices

I thought this would be a great article to share with you since Terry Mazzer is using Mind Maps for brainstorming!  This is one of my all-time favorite graphic organizers and is great for global, right-brained thinkers–like me!  Enjoy!  Donna

 

Brainstorm & Group Before Using the Ultimate, Organizational Thinking Tool – A Mind Map! (Part 1)
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Terry_Mazzer]Terry Mazzer

 

How many of you have been asked to brainstorm a certain topic? If you’re like me, then you’ve probably said to yourself, or out loud, “Not another exercise like this! What a waste of my time!”

 

How many of you knew that brainstorming is actually the beginning of such an activity? That there is a more important reason for doing so?

 

Brainstorming is one way to express and freely link in ideas that you associate with a particular topic. What happens is that we write down whatever comes to our mind and most importantly, we do not judge these ideas.

 

By the way, I encourage you and your children to  draw a picture  (or photocopy or cut and paste an appropriate image) that they associate with that idea in the centre of their paper. I strongly suggest that they use a  blank sheet of paper . This does not restrict the flowing nature of the presented ideas.

 

I also encourage them  not to put a frame  around it as this helps them associate more freely.

 

Curvy lines  are then drawn from the image and they  radiate  outwards.

 

Next, have your children  write words  or even  draw pictures  on these lines. Obviously, you and your kids will have an idea that then  triggers  some related ideas. Great!

 

These ideas are then written on smaller lines off the main lines which are radiating from the image.

 

Does this make sense? Yes or Yes?

 

So, we’ve completed the  brainstorming  section of this simple note-taking activity. Now it’s time to  group  your ideas together into categories.This will get you and your children more focused.

 

For example, if you were planning a family vacation, and you had brainstormed these ideas – Australia (Gold Coast), China, Disneyland, then the grouped related ideas would be “Places. Highlight or color code the connected ideas.

 

When you look through your list of ideas, you will notice how they are naturally connected.

 

Once this has been completed, the various categories then become the  main branches  of a  Mind Map . This strategy will be shown to you in Part 2 of this article.

 

I invite you to get started using these techniques – brainstorming and grouping. Then look out for Part 2 of this article which will show you how to use the ultimate, simple, organizational thinking tool – a Mind Map- for making and taking effective notes.

 

Here’s What I Want You To Do Now- Claim your instant FREE access to a MP3 recording of one of my teleseminars by going to http://www.SecretsToRaisingSmartRichKids.com – you’ll get practical tips and valuable information about this critical topic and you can ask me your most burning question about ‘Raising a Smart Rich Kid’.

AND….You will also get access to my FREE ‘Raising Smart Rich Kids Mentor’ Tele-seminars

 

P.S. By the way, do you know someone else who would benefit from this article? Please send them the link to it……and you can, can you not?

 

From Terry Mazzer – The Raising Smart Rich Kids’ Mentor – “Work SMARTER, not harder”

 

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