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Mind Mapping - Tony Burzan - anyone come across him?

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Beetroot Wed 27-May-09 14:13:09

One of my children learns differntly to the rest.
He is bright but struggles with exams and now that he has GCSE's looming I want to try and see if there is an alternative.

I have bought Mind Mapping for kids which he is reading and also Burzan's Use Your Head which I will read.

Anyone else found this a good way to learn? Revise?

I am hoping that he will start year 10 and mind map most days everything he has learnt so eventually revising happens as he goes along rather than ineffectual cramming which does him no good what so ever.

ronaldoscattered Sun 31-Mar-13 19:48:50

When I was a young lad ( around 15) I watched the very first series that Tony Buzan made on his system. It was on the BBC. I got the book. Yes, his methods work ime but they are no short cut for applied study in the first place. I also teach this method to my own students now.

I might add that there are a few nice blokes I have had the privilege of working with in my life, Tony Buzan is one. (Laurie Taylor is another).

ThreeBeeOneGee Sun 31-Mar-13 19:00:35

My father told me about this technique twenty years ago, before it became widespread as it is today. I think that, along with spotting the most common questions from past papers, mindmapping revision notes was what got me a First for my degree. I am a very visual learner, and I got to the point where I could represent pretty much any information or concept as a mindmap or diagram.

I am now teaching DS1 (13, also a visual learner) to do the same.

Carmody Sun 31-May-09 22:55:05

Please could someone list useful references for study/revision techniques that complement the mind mapping technique?

Elliepac has already mentioned that bullet point essay plans and revision cards supplement the areas where mindmapping is insufficient.


Karam Thu 28-May-09 18:39:12

Oops blush sorry for the typos!

Karam Thu 28-May-09 18:38:36

"Do any kids revise as they go along?"

Or rather, 'do kids revise *at all*??' Large numbers of students at our sixt form college did no revision at all for their GCSEs before they got to us - ant many seem to think that they don't need to do any revision for their AS / A levels either hmm

elliepac Thu 28-May-09 11:31:21

IME barely any revise as they are going along. In most subjects at GCSE, certainly in mine, we have a test after each topic so revise in class after each topic and they are encouraged/told to revise at home for those tests. If DS revises thoroughly for all end of topic tests he should be fine. FOr him to be constantly revising as well as his usual load of homework/coursework etc. may be asking too much. They should then start thorough revision for the final exams somewhere around christmas. I always say to mine even an hour a week from Jan onwards can help and by the time they get to feb half term should have a revision timetable. Be aware though I live in utopia where all my pupils have listened to every word I say over the last two reality they are probably now only thinking about starting to revise wink.

Beetroot Thu 28-May-09 10:55:40

Do any kids revise as they go along?
should they ideally revise from year 10 - after each topic?

elliepac Thu 28-May-09 08:05:57

I use mindmapping with my Year 11's (am a history teacher). For each topic they have done, they have done a mind map of key points/links to remember. However, I always teach them that a mind map gives them (beware poor terminology coming up) the hangers to put the clothes on their naked answer. DOes that make sense? They can memorise the mind map but they must also revise around the topic using other technoques (as Karam says bullet point essay plans, revision cards etc.). The theory behind this is that when they come to their exam, they will remember the mind map and this will act as a trigger for the other knowledge they need to access the higher grades. We'll soon see if it works, their first exam in on Wednesday hmm.

If he can memorise things as he is going along then it will make this time of year in Year 11 much easier. I am absolutely positive over 70% of my kids will be doing useless cramming the night before! grrrrrrr.

Beetroot Thu 28-May-09 07:45:48

Karem - I would love to hear more

RustyBear Wed 27-May-09 22:59:29

We use thisprogram at the junior school I work at - it's simple to use & you can export the concept maps to word processing & other programs to create lists/tables etc.

teafortwo Wed 27-May-09 22:47:42

Oooooh - a thread about mindmapping.... grin

<teaforwo reaches for a red pen, writes very good, draws two ticks and sticks a gold star on this thread - great stuff!>

Donk Wed 27-May-09 22:36:45

That book looks interesting Squonk!

I have always found mind mapping useful. One think I like about the Inspirations software is that I can mind map in one mode - and turn it into an essay/piece of writing at the click of a mouse...

When revising, I used to find mind mapping really useful for linking information together, and hence remembering it. It worked much better for me to do revision mind mapping by hand. The physical process of drawing and colouring helped me to remember as well.

Karam Wed 27-May-09 22:33:03

As one of the available revision techniques, mind mapping is good because it allows the students to recall the whole topic, and this is better for recalling. However, the key question is what he does with it when it has been made? Fine to put it up and learn bits of info, but this tends to be superficial rote learning which is quite shallow. So, it does need to be accompanied with other forms of revision techniques too (things that require him to link in ideas and develop or expand on info gained - perhaps planning essays, or writing paragraphs or something?). As others have said, mind maps are most effective when there is lots of white space (to allow teh student to be able to visualise the page in the exam), colour and pictures. Mind maps are great in linking together ideas and themes, but less helpful in learning the detail. He should supplement mind mapping with other techniques that would be more effective for recalling. Hopes this helps, and feel free to ask more... I wrote a 18,000 word Master's dissertation on this a couple of years ago, and could say loads more.... (research shows most students have no idea how best tpo revise and lots do really ineffective revision, so your son is not alone!)

fryalot Wed 27-May-09 22:30:41

sorry, that was the workbook

this is the actual book

fryalot Wed 27-May-09 22:29:38

for anyone interested in mind mapping, this book is very useful and helpful

and nothing to do with the fact that the author is a good mate of dp's

OddHair Wed 27-May-09 22:25:24

Tony Buzan was due to have lunch with my ex-boss once, and he rang to ask me where they were going as he'd forgotten! Still makes me snigger.

Beetroot Wed 27-May-09 21:54:24

he talks about coloulrs I will stress this to ds

popsycal Wed 27-May-09 21:07:47

was just coming bavk to say add colour and pictures

Whizzz Wed 27-May-09 20:35:48

We looked at Burzan on my dyslexia course - the theory is that you learn better if you can link ideas together rather than just trying to remember random facts in isolation.

I always used to revise this way - add on lots of colours too to make it more memorable.

Beetroot Wed 27-May-09 20:33:27

oh good! I have started reading it and so far very impressed. DS seems keen too

popsycal Wed 27-May-09 19:10:44

i use mind maps in the classroom with y5 and 6

popsycal Wed 27-May-09 19:09:51

highly recommended by me

cornsilk Wed 27-May-09 19:08:54

Yes it's a really good way to revise. You can also get PC programmes to use, 'Inspirations' is one.

piscesmoon Wed 27-May-09 19:03:46

I use the Mind Mapping Book in the primary school-I would recommend it.

castlesintheair Wed 27-May-09 18:59:38

We were encouraged to use this when I was doing my A'levels (a long time ago). It was really useful for helping you to remember key points (sub-headings almost) and then hopefully you could remember a few points/arguments that stemmed from each of these. Quite good for planning essays too once actually in an exam. Completely forgot about it when I was at university.

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