Mind Mapping - Smart Working - Creating Effective Mind Maps
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Mind Mapping - a Thinking, Planning and Productivity Tool that helps you Study Better, Learn Faster and Remember More!
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4.2 (818 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
14,512 students enrolled
Created by Barry Mapp
Last updated 1/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: $195
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I 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 - mind mapping is particularly good for rehearsing your talks and presentations
  • deliver - use mind mapping to help you deliver engaging 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
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  • 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

Over 14,000 students in the last two years with nearly 700 ratings (250 5-star)

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

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.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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)
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
Course Purpose and Structure
4 Lectures 06:55
This lecture outlines the purpose of the course
Preview 01:44

This lecture outlines the structure of the course
Preview 01:57

This lecture is intended to allay any fears you may have about undertaking new learning
Preview 02:52

This short lecture divulges the first secret for effective learning
Preview 00:22
Observe a Mind Mapper at Work
7 Lectures 01:23:02
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

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. 
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.
The Benefits from Reading

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)
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

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?
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 divulges 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 21:25
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 the 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

The 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 some of the key points about mind mapping that we have learnt so far in 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. (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)

Start Integrating the Key Principles
Creating Your Own Mind Maps (With a Helping Hand)
5 Lectures 34:28
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.
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)
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - Use the template to Set some 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 02:58
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

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)
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - create a 'Work' Mind Map

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
4 Lectures 29:40
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
PRACTICE ACTIVITY - 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 beginners course!
Congratulations - You have completed the course

This lecture shares some final thoughts
End Piece - what next?
Bonus Section - Live talks on Mind Mapping
3 Lectures 01:03:24

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. 

Mind Mapping for Project Managers part 2

About the Instructor
Barry Mapp
4.2 Average rating
1,000 Reviews
17,913 Students
7 Courses
Mind Mapping, Wellness, and Learning Coach at Udemy

I'm a 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. I now have over 16,000 students in more than 150 countries - this is the reach and power of e-learning.

My 'MIND MAPPING - 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. I also have an active interest in Health and Healing.

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. I am also a teacher and practitioner of Reiki and I have a Udemy course about the 'Science of Healing' 

'Mind' Mapping - Smart Working - Creating Effective Mind Maps' was my first course in this marketplace and I now also have a 'Smart Learning' and a 'Smart Speaking' course.  Many of my students have English as a second language. I have launched three new courses in 2017 and there are two more courses on the way for Summer - then I'll take a breather I think!