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This course teaches you how to use mind maps to 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
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
Contents and Overview
Your verbal-numeric working memory can only juggle 3 or 4 complex ideas at any one time. On this course, you'll learn, through mind mapping how to utilise both your spatial and visual-spatial working memory thereby enabling more ideas to be held in your mind at any one time.
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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|Section 1: Course Purpose and Structure|
|This lecture outlines the purpose of the course|
|This lecture outlines the structure of the course|
|This lecture is intended to allay any fears you may have about undertaking new learning|
This short lecture divulges the first secret for effective learning
|Section 2: Observe a Mind Mapper at Work|
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
|Quiz 1||9 questions|
A quiz to assess your understanding about some of the key benefits of Mind Mapping
This lecture shows a mind map being created about a holiday in Tenerife. Again the best viewing experience will be in full screen mode
|Quiz 2||10 questions|
This quiz assesses how well you were able to 'decode' the mind map
- and also how much of the information you can now recall
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)
|Lecture 8 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 can be drawn as a simple cycle as described by Prof Phil Race and outlined here.|
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.
|Quiz 3||6 questions|
Test your understanding about Learning and the Brain
|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.|
This short lecture divulges the second secret for effective learning that is to observe good practice
|Section 3: Practise Reading Mind Maps|
|This lecture outlines the benefits you get from reading mind maps. Reading mind maps out loud also develops and uses your 'auditory' learning pathways.|
In Lecture 8 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)
Gist of the Goan Holiday
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)
Some key points about 'How to Mind Map'
|Lecture 15 shows 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?|
|Quiz 6||14 questions|
See how much you have gleaned about the book
|This short lecture divulges the third secret for effective learning that is to practice the easiest steps first|
|Section 4: Getting the Feel of the Technique|
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
This short lecture divulges the fourth secret for effective learning that is to get the feel of the new technique.
|Section 5: Integrate the Learning|
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
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.
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.
|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|
|This lecture summarises some of the key points about mind mapping that we have learnt so far in this course|
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. (These two articles are also available to students of my course on Preparing and Delivering Lectures without a Script as these topics are relevant to both courses)
|Section 6: Creating Your Own Mind Maps (With a Helping Hand)|
|An overview of section 6 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.|
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.
|Lecture 28||1 page|
|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.|
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)
|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.|
|Section 7: Now Create Mind Maps on Your Own|
|In this lecture your task is to create a personal mind map (with a choice of three topics)|
|The task for this lecture is to create a business/work mind map. Even if you are not currently working you can still do the task (for example you can summarise any article that is of interest not necessarily a business article)|
|Here your task is to create a further mind map - with several different topics suggested (or you can choose a topic of your own)|
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.
|Section 8: Review What You Have Learnt|
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 silently with Barry creating the mind map - so see if you can get the 'gist' of the map as it is created. After the colour is added to the map you can then hear Barry using the map to give a spoken review the course so far. Please watch in full screen mode
|Quiz 7||10 questions|
Check these questions when you review your maps
|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.|
Time to congratulated yourself - very well done, you have now completed this very extensive beginners course!
|This lecture shares some final thoughts|
I'm a sought-after speaker, trainer, and personal development coach based in the UK with a special interest in the brain, accelerated learning and people development. My present focus is developing high quality, simple, innovative, life-skills based, video e-learning courses.
My 'SMART WORKING' Course is currently the NUMBER ONE Personal Development course in the mind mapping niche, with more than twice the number of enrollments and ten times the number of four and five-star reviews compared to the next most popular course. A course that's genuinely worth paying that little bit extra for.
A bit of background information about me:
I've worked in schools, colleges and universities in the UK, and also in the corporate and SME sector, working with students, teachers, apprentices, managers and leaders. My background is actually in clinical science where I ran an NHS Clinical Biochemistry Department in a District General Hospital and I was also a Quality Consultant to my local hospitals and local Health Authority.
Back in 1996, after training in 'mental literacy' with Tony Buzan (the inventor of Mind Mapping), I set up my own training company the House of Learning. A year later, I put some of my new skills to the test and competed in the World Memory and the World Speed Reading Championships (silver medal position in the latter). Altogether, I have 20 years experience working in the personal development sector and in the field of business leadership.
'Smart Working - Mastering the Skill of Effective Mind Mapping' was my first course in this marketplace and I now also have a 'Smart Learning' and a 'Smart Speaking' course. As of June 2016, I have nearly 12,000 students from over 140 countries across all my courses. Many of these students have English as a second language.
I have two more great courses in the pipeline scheduled for Summer/Autumn 2016.