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March 11, 2020

Effective Use of Mind Maps

Notwithstanding the subject being studied, be it Mathematics, Science or even a language, mind mapping can be a useful tool to help children study. So how is it effective, and what is the best way to utilize them when it comes to studying and learning? 

1. What is a mind map?

Mind mapping helps to get concepts, thoughts and knowledge from a student’s perspective onto a hard copy that enables them to better visualize what they are learning through analysis and recall. Used as a diagram that represents different sub-points that relate to a central concept, a mind map allows the user to create a systematic framework where the links between the various concepts and topics are clearly stated and shown. This help students review and add to what they already know, allowing them to revise and recognize the concepts of what they are learning and better handle what they need to work on. 

2. How to use a mind map?

The first step when creating a mind map is to identify and write down the central concept, topic or them at the centre of the map. This is the focus of the mind map being created. For example, if your child makes a mind map for studying science, a possible theme or topic could be ‘Diversity’. Next, write down the main themes of the subject being studied. In this case, sub-themes under ‘Diversity’ could potentially be ‘Characteristics of Living Things’ and ‘Characteristics of Non-Living Things’. Each sub-theme is connected to the central topic through nodal structures, and this repeats for the more detailed points in the third layer of the mind map as the map continues to branch out. In this way, learning becomes more interconnected and your child will be able to better identify how each theme linked to their various characteristics or details. To make a mind map even clearer, get your child to make use of different coloured pens or markers to draw out the mind map! In that way, they will be able to better remember what they are studying!

3. Benefits of using a mind map

There has been research that proves mind maps to be beneficial to a child’s education. Mind maps help a child educate themselves through ‘meaningful learning’, in which the student is forced to identify connections between what they already know and new knowledge. Furthermore, because the mind map is used as a visualization tool for students, they are better able to remember and retain the information that they have written down on the mind map. Since diagrams such as a mind map are better retained in our memories, mind mapping proves to be an effective way to ensure learning is kept. Mind maps also help students learn and digest more complex concepts that would otherwise be more difficult to study. Through mind mapping, students will be able to identify what are broader topics and concepts that they have to understand, and are able to find clarity amidst all the information as it helps them process the knowledge in a more straightforward manner. 

We hope that mind mapping can be a potential technique that may better facilitate your child’s learning! Should they require extra help and tactics for studying however, YMCA also offers both primary tuition and secondary tuition to improve your child’s learning experience. Stay tuned for more study tips and feel free to contact us for tuition enquiries!

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