Mind Mapping is quite frankly a glorious thing.
It's easy to master, quickly condenses up to 25 pages of notes into a single page "map" and best of all, is completely flexible, allowing users to create a document that makes sense to them.
For older students there are various available computer applications, eliminating the need for pen and paper and fully automating the creation of a Mind Map. However call me old fashioned, call me dyslexic, call me a dinosaur but personally I much prefer to go back to basics and manually create my Mind Maps using a stonking large piece of paper and coloured pens. The freedom of creating a Mind Map that makes 100% sense to me, plays to my strengths, using my preferred colours, symbols and squiggles is a fabulous thing.
Despite being technically savvy, I am a visual learner. If I need to remember or recall information I have a far greater chance of remembering if I've written myself a note or drawn a reminder. My desk is covered with little notes, "To Do" lists and smiley faces galore - all of which are recycled I should add ;o)
To some my desk may look disorganized but for me it has a purpose. It allows me to stop trying to remember what needs to be done, freeing up my mind for thinking. I then work my way through my notes without the constant pressure of trying to remember what needs to be done. Using a similar, "this works best for me" approach, makes Mind Mapping so useful.
Of course Mind Mapping does require a framework. The basic concept requires users to build out and expand facts from a central point but thereafter it really is a free format approach. Personally I love arrows, stars, bullet points and simple visual prompts to help me remember - effectively playing to my personal preferences and strengths.
And this is the beauty of Mind Mapping. Students learn how to quickly summarize and condense information in a short, sharp, graphical way using colours and symbols that work for them.
With the core subject in the middle of the page, students can slowly categorize and build outwards the various summarized, consolidated, bullet point information, using single words or pictures but usually a combination of the 2 scattered with colours and squiggles!
Once completed the consolidated Mind Map will flow into a single factual, easy to remember visual picture consolidating multiple pages of notes. Students can easily understand the relationship between the information and are usually able to visualize and recall pertinent facts, hugely improving information retention and ability to revise.
In short @Juunipa we love making learning easier and we love Mind Mapping for that reason.