Mind Mapping Mastery –> Effective Mind Maps -> Step by Step
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Mind Mapping Mastery –> Effective Mind Maps -> Step by Step

Mind Mapping - SMART Productivity and Memory Tool: Think Clearly, Organise, & Plan better; Study, Learn, & Recall Faster
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Created by Barry Mapp
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 26 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • organise - quickly organise your thoughts, ideas or goals using mind maps
  • plan - quickly plan an event, a speech, an article, a business or marketing plan
  • rehearse and deliver - mind mapping is particularly good for rehearsing your talks and presentations
  • clarify - mind mapping helps you to be more clear in your thinking, helps you see the wood for the trees
  • think differently - once you have learnt to mind map effectively you will find that your mental approach to issues or ideas will be fundamentally different. Mind Mapping provides the scaffolding for a completely different set of mental processes and taps into the multitasking capability of the subconscious mind
  • enhance your learning - Everyone today has to continually take on board new information and learn new ways of working. Mind mapping (when done properly) accelerates both the learning and understanding of new information, and helps with retention and recall.
  • If you are having to study for upcoming professional exams, or Continuing Professional Development, then mind mapping can be of great benefit in your studies, reducing the time to learn new material
  • By completion of the course you will be confident to create your own mind maps and to show others the basic concepts
  • You do not require any special skills to succeed with this course
  • You need to be open to try out different ways of doing things
  • The basic requirement is a willingness to learn and develop a new skill
  • Develop an existing skill if you already dabble in mind mapping

Udemy's Top Selling Mind Mapping course with over 25,000 students across 173 countries and more than 2500 reviews (>1500 are 5-star).

Learn effective mind mapping to enhance your career and accelerate your studies at school, university, college or business school. At the same time maximising your personal development, your goal setting and planning, the preparing and completing of assignments, and much more

The course goes BEYOND Mind Mapping itself and covers both how the memory works and how to integrate mind mapping into your daily work or study. It can help you remember and recall articles, remember OTHER E-LEARNING courses, and help prepare and revise for exams etc, etc.

Most IMPORTANTLY the course teaches you how to use mind maps to think more clearly and increase personal productivity. You’ll learn how to save time on any task that requires planning, preparation, and clarity. You'll learn the important principles of mind mapping and HOW and WHY this tool enhances learning, understanding, and memory

By following this course STEP-BY-STEP, and not trying to rush ahead, you'll ensure that you are able to maximise the effectiveness of the technique, streamline your thought processes and thereby become more productive using this brain-friendly technique

You'll be taught how to develop and use this powerful productivity tool in a unique and effective way.

Master the Skill of Mind Mapping

  • Think clearly and streamline ideas so you can express them effectively

  • Quickly organize thoughts, ideas, or goals

  • Efficiently prepare events, speeches, articles, business plans, or marketing plan

  • Enhance your Cognitive Experience

  • Learn this technique that taps into the multitasking capability of the subconscious mind.

  • Get information into your head quickly, and back out again just as fast.

  • After completing this course, you will be equipped with a thought-organizational tool that will change the way you plan. Either for business or personal use, your mental approach to issues or ideas will become fundamentally different.

Contents and Overview

  • The course starts with an overview of the purpose and structure of the course.

  • You’ll soon see why mapping is so effective.

  • The benefits of mind mapping will be illustrated clearly.

  • You will be looking over the instructor’s shoulder so you can watch how it works.

  • The course will ease you into creating your mind maps -- first through a series of guided exercises, then through open assignments pertaining to your personal goals.

  • Quizzes along the way will track your progress and ensure you’re grasping the concept.

Your verbal-numeric working memory can only juggle 3 or 4 complex ideas at any one time. Mind mapping allows you to extend this by adding spatial and visual-spatial working memory into the working memory mix.

Worth repeating: By following this course step-by-step, and not trying to rush ahead, you'll ensure that you are able to maximise the effectiveness of the technique, streamline your thought processes and thereby become more productive.

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Who this course is for:
  • Suitable for complete beginners
  • Mind Mappers wishing to improve technique
  • Suitable for those who have previously tried ‘mind mapping’ but found that it did not appear to work for them
  • Aimed primarily at professionals in business but is suitable for all ages and all groups
  • Professionals can use this course to improve their personal effectiveness at work
  • Students for example can use this course to improve their study skills
  • THE COURSE MAY NOT BE SUITABLE for those students who are already adept at mind mapping (although some mind mappers say they have learnt some stuff they did not know)
Course content
Expand all 48 lectures 06:02:43
+ Course Purpose & Structure (Housekeeping Section)
5 lectures 10:39

This lecture shows you the quality of the Mind Maps that you can expect to achieve once you've fully participated in and completed the course  (including doing all the practice exercises and asking for feedback where necessary). The course shows you how to create great mind maps with pen and paper (so we are not using any proprietary mind mapping software) There are several reasons for this: one is that we don’t want to struggle with learning both how to do mind mapping whilst also learning how to navigate particular software (and all software is different) and second we want to get the ‘feel’ of the technique and this is not easily achieved with computer interfaces. We do however create some of the mind maps on this course using the iPad and other electronic devices which use drawing programs where we can still get the 'feel' of the technique 

Preview 02:11
This lecture outlines the purpose of the course
Preview 01:28
This lecture outlines the structure of the course
Preview 03:46

This lecture is intended to allay any fears you may have about undertaking new learning. You can skip this lecture if you are already fully confident that you can succeed with the course

Preview 02:52
This short lecture divulges the first secret for effective learning
Preview 00:22
+ Observe a Mind Mapper at Work (and also learn about the brain and learning)
7 lectures 01:20:01
This lecture shows a mind map being created. The mind map is about the benefits of the technique. All the videos with mind maps are best viewed in full screen mode
Preview 04:11

A quiz to assess your understanding about some of the key benefits of Mind Mapping

The Benefits of Mind Mapping
9 questions
This lecture shows a mind map being created about a holiday in Tenerife. Again the best viewing experience will be in full screen mode 
Mind Map a Holiday

This quiz assesses how well you were able to 'decode' the mind map 
- and also how much of the information you can now recall

Quiz about the holiday in Tenerife
10 questions
This lecture shows a mind map summarising the key points from an article. The article is entitled 'Cultivating the Mind' and was published in Positive Health magazine. The mind map has already been created and the lecture talks us through the map (and thereby shows how to decode or 'reconstruct' the intended meaning)
Mind Map an Article

This lecture focusses in more detail on one of the topics from the article 'Cultivating the Mind for Positive Health'. The focus is on four of the important processes required to achieve effective learning. These processes can be drawn as a simple cycle as described by Prof Phil Race

The 4 Stages of Learning Anything New
This Lecture focusses in more detail on another of the topics from the article 'Cultivating the Mind for Positive Health'. The focus here is on the two sides of the brain. A key feature of Mind Mapping is that it utilises both sides of the brain more effectively than any other writing/summarising technique.
Learning about Your Brain

Test your understanding about Learning and the Brain

Quiz on the Brain and Learning
6 questions
In this lecture you observe a mind map being created (about 'how to mind map') and you can also hear the thinking that underpins the creation of the map.
Mindmapping 'How to Mind Map'
This short lecture divulges the second secret for effective learning that is to observe good practice
Observe Good Practice
+ Practise Reading Mind Maps
5 lectures 15:46

This lecture outlines the benefits you get from reading mind maps. Reading mind maps out loud also develops and uses your 'auditory' learning pathways.

When you read a Mind Map you utilise both sides of the brain. The right side of your brain is good with seeing the big picture, 'filling in' the missing spaces on the map and making connections with what you already know. The left side of the brain likes to see the individual parts of the map, loves hierarchical organisation of the information, and values 'trigger' words to help recall information

After each READING EXERCISE please PAUSE to REFLECT upon 'How easy or difficult' you found the exercise (and bear in mind the more you do these types of exercises the easier it becomes)

The Benefits from Reading

In Section 2 of the course, you saw a mind map about a holiday being created. In this lecture you have the opportunity to read for yourself about a holiday in Goa and to see how easy or difficult it is to 'decode' or 'reconstruct' the author's intended meaning. How easy is it to get the 'gist' of this holiday? You'll need to view this mind map in fullscreen mode to be able to see the text.(or print out the mind map from the supplementary material)

PRACTICE ACTIVITY - Read about a Holiday in Goa
Gist of the Goan Holiday
17 questions
Here your task is to read a mind map about 'How to Mind Map' taken from an article published in the magazine Teaching Expertise. Can you get the gist of the topic? You'll need to view this mind map in fullscreen mode to be able to see the text.(or print out the mind map from the supplementary material)
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - Read a Mind Map about 'How to Mind Map'
Some key points about 'How to Mind Map'
12 questions

This lecture is a mind map of a book summary. The book is the Seven Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. How easy is it to get the gist of the book from the mind map?

PRACTICE ACTIVITY - Read about a book

See how much you have gleaned about the book

The Seven Laws of Success
14 questions

This short lecture gives us the third secret for effective learning that is to practice the easiest steps first

Practice the Easiest Things First
+ Getting the Feel of the Technique
3 lectures 13:14

A short introduction to the copying step for learning effective mind mapping

Getting ready to copy a Mind Map
In this lecture your task is to copy a well constructed mind map. How easy is this for you to do? Remember the video can be paused if you need more time to copy. Recommend viewing in full screen mode
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - Step by Step copying of a Mind Map

This short lecture divulges the fourth secret for effective learning that is to get the feel of a new technique. 

Get the Feel of the New Technique
+ Integrate the Learning
6 lectures 46:07
This lecture gives an overview of section 5. This section emphasises the importance of understanding the key ideas that underpin the effectiveness of the technique before you begin to create your own maps. If you take short cuts and start mind mapping before you understand the 'why' (why do it this way and not that way) its likely that your maps will begin to look more like spider diagrams and consequently will not be as effective

Importance of Integrating the Key Ideas

Watch Barry Mapp speaking live to a group of management consultants about memory.

Barry shares a very simple model about how our memory works and then he carries out an experiential exercise to show that the memory does indeed seem to work in the way the model predicts. When you view this video follow the instructions given to the consultants, do the exercise alongside them and you will learn some new things about how YOUR memory works. This is Part One - the exercise concludes in part two.

The reason for including this video in this Mind Mapping Course is that it demonstrates (amongst other things) the power of key (or 'trigger') words to help the brain recall information. One way of looking at a Mind Map is that it is a network of closely associated keywords (arranged hierarchically) and this helps to quickly retain and then recall information.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY - How the Memory Works and a Memory Exercise

Part 2 of the Live presentation delivered to a group of management consultants where you discover the importance of 'trigger words' for accessing your temporary or permanent 'memory cache'

In Part 1 (lecture 21) Barry gave you twenty pairs of words. Please now continue with the memory exercise in this video (which should be viewed within 24 hours of watching Part 1 for maximum effect) where Barry helps you to 'recover' nearly all of the information.

This lecture starts with Barry talking briefly about long and short term memory. He then concludes the memory exercise demonstrating that most of the information delivered can be recalled effortlessly as he uses the first word of each pair to 'trigger' the second word. The idea is that you join in with this exercise alongside the consultants and you shout out the associated words if they come immediately to mind.

Conclusion of - PRACTICE ACTIVITY - The Memory Exercise
This lecture tells us more about two key features of mind maps. Hierarchical organisation of information and the concept of chunking up and chunking down
Information Hierarchies and Chunking Up

This lecture summarises the key points about mind mapping that we have learnt so far on this course

Key Points About Mind Mapping

This lecture divulges the fifth secret for effective learning and that is to start integrating the key principles before you get to the more tricky bits (as becoming competent in the key fundementals will help when you're faced with greater complexity).

BONUS: There is also now a downloadable pdf document (in RESOURCES) summarising important aspects of human memory and study skills together with a separate paper on keyword selection.

Start Integrating the Key Principles
+ Creating Your Own Mind Maps (With a Helping Hand)
5 lectures 32:10

An overview of this section of the course showing you how you can use templates to 'kick-start' your first few mind maps. This lecture also emphasises that when it comes to mind mapping less is more. You only need a few trigger words on your mind map to help you recall a huge amount of information that appears to lie 'dormant' in your head.

Introduction - Creating a Mind Map Template
In this lecture you'll see the course tutor creating a template for you to use in the next lecture when you create your first mind map. In fact you'll already have seen some of the thinking that underpins the headings chosen (main branches) in the lecture on 'information hierarchies and chunking up' in the previous section. Once the template has been created, Barry undertakes the identical task you have in the next lecture and that is to 'map out' some of his 'life highlights' with some surprising results.
Life Highlights
Use this template to create your own 'Life Highlights Mind Map'.  There is no need to spend more than 10 minutes on this task unless you want to.
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - Map Your Life Highlights
1 page

In this lecture you are first shown a simple way to 'draw out' a central topic so it stands out on the page. Then how to create main branches.  FInally use the template constructed to set some goals using the mind mapping technique (you can copy the template or print it out to use)

A FEW OTHER TEMPLATES have been added - more suitable perhaps if you are still in school

PRACTICE ACTIVITY - GOALS - Use the template to set Goals
This short lecture divulges the sixth secret of effective learning and that is to use all the aids at your disposal in order to help you achieve your task.
Using The Aids at your Disposal
+ Now Create Mind Maps on Your Own
4 lectures 02:29
In this lecture your task is to create a personal mind map (with a choice of three topics)
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - create a Personal Mind Map

As explained in this short video  your next task is to create a 'work related' mind map

Create a Work Mind Map (PRACTICE ACTIVITY)
Here your task is to create a further mind map - with several different topics suggested (or you can choose a topic of your own)
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - create one more Mind Map using these suggestions

This lecture divulges the seventh secret of effective learning that practice is important in order to develop competence and that its practice that makes permanent and so it must be correct practice in order to develop good habits and only you can do the practice (if someone else does it for you then they, not you, develop the competence).

Also for those students who are interested in integrating mind mapping into their own personal study programme, I've included here a document on Study Skills. This document is taken from a programme that was run by Birmingham University (where I was a visiting lecturer) back in 2004 and the project finished a couple of years ago. I produced the sections on Memory,Learning, Study and Mind Mapping. Much of the material on memory is already covered in the course - the material on study skills and mind mapping begins on page 10 of the document. Although the guidance was produced in 2004 it is all still very relevant today.

Practice Makes Permanent - Only You Can Practice the Technique
+ Review What You Have Learnt
3 lectures 16:02

This lecture reviews the complete course (review is important for learning). Please note that the course was originally titled the 'Secrets of Effective Mind Mapping' but Udemy asked us to change this title just prior to course publication.The lecture starts with Barry creating the mind map at x3 speed - (so if you'd like to see if you can get the 'gist' of the map as it is created you'll need to slow it down or pause it.) After the colour is added to the map you can then hear Barry using the map to give a spoken review of the course so far. Please watch in full screen mode so you get to see the details.

Study and Review and Take Action to Improve

Check these questions when you review your maps

Review the Mind Maps you have created
10 questions
This lecture emphasises the importance of persevering with the principles of mind mapping in order to move toward a state of unconscious competence in the technique. Once applying what you have learnt becomes almost automatic, then is the time to see if you can improve upon Buzan's principles of Mind Mapping which have stood the test of time. 
Persevere with Improvement

Time to congratulated yourself  - very well done, you have now completed this very extensive Mastery course!

You have now completed the course (although there are more lectures to view if you wish in the bonus section). If you'd like to receive your course completion certificate without having to view the bonus lectures first follow the instructions here:

The certificate is presented by UDEMY automatically when all the lectures and quizzes have been 'ticked'. If you don't wish to view the bonus section yet, but would like to receive your completion certificate now you can MANUALLY tick all the bonus lectures as 'completed' and this should then generate your certificate

Whether you were a beginner or an experienced mind mapper I hope you have benefited from taking the course and it would be great if you could leave a written review of the course both here are (for business users) on my Linkedin Profile

You have completed the course - Congratulations!
+ Bonus Section - Live talks and other stuff ..... on Mind Mapping
10 lectures 02:25:15

In this talk Barry Mapp briefs a group of Civil Engineers about the many benefits of mind mapping for Project Managers. 

Part 1 of the workshop covers the benefit of Mind Mapping for Project Managers, the difference between circular lists and mind mapping, and how a mind map can summarise an engineering curriculum. Barry also shows how to summarise up to 21 points using fewer than 10 branches

Mind Mapping for Project Managers part 1

In Part 2 of this workshop Barry covers the importance of clear communication for Project Managers, advises on the number of branches on a Mind Map and and talks about the usefulness of chunking up information in order to reduce the number of categories and therefore the number of main branches on the map. 

Part2 - Mind Mapping for Project Managers

This lecture (and the other parts that follow) will improve your ability to assess other student mind maps for effectiveness and through this process help you to recognise possible improvements to your own technique.

This part One gives you the chance to test your personal skill in picking out where mind maps are adhering to the principles and those parts of the mind map that deviate from the principles (and 'deviations' show the areas where improvement could be made).

In Part 2 and 3, I go through each of the mind maps sharing my personal feedback

COMPETENCIES - PART ONE - How to assess the effectiveness as Mind Maps

In this Part 2 we work through a series of student mind maps  (as shown in Part One) )and see how they stack up against the basic (level one) competences

COMPETENCIES - PART TWO - assessing mind maps

In this Part 3 we work through some more student mind maps and see how they stack up against the basic (level one) competences

COMPETENCIES - PART THREE - assessing mind maps

Here is how you can make a mind map 'make sense' to a non-mind mapper. I have created a mind map overview of a book on negotiation. As you've completed the course you would be able to make good sense of this mind map (and it would probably help you decide whether you wanted or needed the book in your collection. However for someone who hasn't learnt mind mapping they wouldn't know where or how to start. So a good way to help a non mind mapper to get a feel of the purpose and power of the technique is to read (reconstruct the meaning of) the mind map to them. This is what I do here I 'read through' the mind map to make it intelligible for non mind mappers. (N.B. This lecture is also included as a bonus in some of my other courses)

Talking through a Mind Map of a Book

Making notes from a live lecture is one of the trickiest things to do with Mind Mapping as you really need to have embedded all the main principles of mind mapping as 'habit' in order to avoid your maps becoming just 'spaghetti diagrams'. This is why it is important to have mastered all the other aspects of mind mapping outlined in the course before attempting to use it for making notes. A key aspect to remember is that this is about making notes not simply 'taking notes'.

Note Making with Mind Mapping (apologies for poor video quality here)

In this lecture Michael de Groot demonstrates creating a mind map (for a talk he gives on Storytelling one of his specialist subjects) using one of the free drawing apps available on the iPad (Michael is using Adobe Sketch in this example).

Creating a Mind Map using iPad Pro

If you are a workshop leader or facilitator, or for example producing a podcast or webinar, it is very useful to have a 'bare bones' overview of a session you are about to run. Working in this way allows you to make best use of the knowledge in the room as well as your own knowledge. When I ran workshops at Morley College in London and at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Birmingham University a simple mind map overview was all I required to run a successful session - after all if you are running a workshop the knowledge required is in your head (at least it should be) so all you need is a guide to appropriately 'navigate' through that knowledge and share it with the group at the appropriate times

Here I talk you through the overview of the workshop on creativity and innovation that I ran a few times on a Management Development course at Birmingham University. (If you are a Teacher or Trainer and want to go deeper into the topic of using Mind Mapping for lesson plans or preparing and delivering workshops I have a course (Mind Mapping for Teachers and Trainers) that delves into this area in much more detail)

MindMapping a WORKSHOP (useful for Teachers and Trainers)

This is the one lecture of the course where I'm allowed to give you discount vouchers to all of my other courses. For the next few months you can enrol on two of my other courses for just £13.99 (equivalent to less than £7/$7 per course