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May 2012


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Adult Learners’ Week and Mind Mapping

Adult Learners' Week logoThis week is Adult Learners’ Week: the UK’s biggest celebration of learning and development. Why not join the millions of people throughout the world who use Mind Mapping as a tool for memory and learning?

As our contribution to ALW, we’re giving away Jane Smith’s e-book Mind Mapping for Memory and Creativity free – just follow this link and we’ll send you the download details.

Mind Mapping and memory

One of our most popular training workshops is Making the Most of Your Memory, which helps participants to explore and use the tremendous power of their own brains. It’s not hard to understand why people get so excited about this training. For a start it helps to diminish the stress that so often accompanies a busy life-style. In addition, the workshop builds confidence and self esteem, as people understand what they can do. And applying memory skills – using your imagination, giving the brain a work-out and becoming more creative – is actually great fun!

Mind Mapping is one of the many tools that we teach on this workshop. With a bit of practice, anyone can use Mind Maps to recall information from books, films, newspapers, journals, academic papers, minutes and reports. You’ll have all sorts of information at your fingertips: numbers, names facts – the list is endless!

I created this one to help me remember details of the Oscar winning film ‘The Artist’.

How do Mind Maps work as a memory tool?

Mind Maps are a brilliant memory tool because they help you to lay out the structure of a topic as a clear ‘shape’ that you can remember easily. By seeing this shape in your mind, you can prompt yourself to remember the information coded within it.

A Mind Map can incorporate a number of hooks to aid recall: images, symbols, patterns, colour, emphasis, humour, texture, dimensions, logical structure, sequence, senses and so on. The more imaginative you are as you create your Mind Maps, the better the associations will be and the easier it will be to remember them.

The importance of review

To put information into the long term memory you have to constantly review it – maybe once a day for a week, then once a week, then once a month. Mind Maps are the ideal reviewing tool. You can quickly review Mind Maps that you have already created and/or you can make new ones to test and consolidate knowledge that you’ve already acquired.

Why not create a Mind Map when you have finished reading a good book or enjoyed a film? This is excellent practice for making creative associations and it’s really nice to be able remember details of books and films that you have spent so long reading or watching.

Find out more about how Mind Mapping can enhance your creativity and your productivity in our e-book Mind Mapping for Memory and Creativity – absolutely free (normal price £5.40).
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and we'll send you the download details.

Memory and Learning for Success

Memory & Learning for SuccessMemory and Learning for Success is an audio learning package which aims to help you improve your ability to learn and remember. It describes a whole set of fun techniques for improving your memory – including Mind Mapping. Find out more, or buy from Word Smiths or from audible.