Earlier this week a couple of the tutors here at My Professor had the pleasure of delivering a webinar for IQ Student Accommodation as part of their Wellbeing Week. IQ designed their wellbeing week around three pillars: Embrace, Explore and Do and the My Professor ‘Study Hacks’ session fitted right in. It explored strategies for upskilling your assignment planning and research methods.
The first part of the session looked at mind mapping, which is a creative and visual approach to assignment planning.
Mind mapping frees up thinking from linear structures, that can be limiting. It allows you to think wider, explore the limits of what you know already about a topic and therefore see what you need to find out. It, therefore, is a simultaneous thinking and planning tool.
You can visually map out how you will approach an assignment, what you will include, what reading you need to do and play around with structure before you start writing. All your ideas can be explored, you can use images and colour and this can stimulate the mind and the memory in different ways to linear structures and text only planning techniques.
People sometimes think mind maps look messy and random, which perhaps initially they do. However, once all your ideas are there you can start to make connections between them. Maps are not random, there are paths, roads and bridges that link places together. This process of mapping allows you to see how ideas stand in relation to one another, how they connect, inform one another and link together to make a coherent discussion in response to an assignment question.
Want to know more?
Watch a video of the session.
Check out: Buzan, T. and Buzan, B. (2010). The Mind Map Book. Unlock your creativity, boost your memory, change your life. Pearson Education Limited: Harlow, UK.