I am often asked whether I oppose, or disagree with, Tony Buzan's Mind Map Principles. (For those of you that don't know, Tony Buzan is the inventor of the Mind Map.)
Nothing is further from the truth! I pay lots of homage to Tony Buzan, as he is the master. I am but a humble student.
But, I have taken his instructions to Accept, Apply and Adapt and used it in the development of the Mind Map Tutor concept and use it as a Tutor or Teacher.
The Mind Map Tutor is used to not only teach by using Mind Maps, but to teach without the use of a physical teacher. In other words, it has been designed for self-study.
The Mind Map Tutor is self-sufficient in that it delivers both detailed content and Mind Map Summaries. This enables me to deliver content in areas where I am the Subject Matter Expert. It also allows me to engage with other subject matter experts and get them to deliver their knowledge using Mind Maps.
This allows you to reap the benefits of engaging your whole brain in the learning process and putting you in the centre of the learning process.
This is made possible by linking Basic Ordering Ideas and detailed information in a single Mind Map Tutor.
To understand this concept a bit better, I am continuing on the subject of Basic Ordering Ideas in this article, and expanding on it.
I highlighted the importance of Basic Ordering Ideas previously. This article shows you how to expand on the Basic Ordering Ideas to give you the full picture.
According to the Mind Map Book, it was Barry Buzan, the brother of Tony Buzan that introduced the concept of Basic Ordering Ideas. He believed that the real power of Mind Maps lies in the Basic Ordering Ideas.
I tend to agree with him.
If you are struggling to extract your Basic Ordering Ideas, you could get hold of our Learning Management Program Ebook, which shows you how to extract the important information when reading. This can be applied to any text, including difficult academic text books.
Once you have your Basic Ordering Ideas, you need to start filling in the details. This is where most people struggle and also the reason for us developing the Mind Map Tutor concept.
Tony Buzan encourages us to create a Mega Mind Map, and this is where I started.
I used to get a big writing pad, which is often hard to come by and often very expensive, but it works. This was before I used software to create my Mind Maps. I created huge Mega Mind Maps, which were hand drawn, organic and colourful.
It became a problem for me though, as those big pages were difficult to carry around with me. It also forced me to revise at home only because of this.
After searching for a solution to this dilemma, I discovered the Cornell Method of linear Note Taking. This had Key Words in the left hand column and details on the right hand side. I then used Mind Maps only for the summaries and the Cornell Notes for the details. The Cornell Method is also covered in our Learning Management Program Ebook.
This worked very well for me and still works very well.
The initial Mind Map Tutor concept developed out of this, where I display a Summary Mind Map followed by explanatory text. Our Learning Management Program Ebook is written in this fashion. There are also some more examples on this Mind Map Tutor page and throughout UsingMindMaps.com.
With Mind Map Software, I was able to take this even further by including both the summary Mind Map and the detailed text in the same Mind Map. The next generation of the Learning Management Program has being written in this format and is now available. You can get it , if you buy our affordable Learning Management Program today.
The Mind Map Tutor is a departure from classical Mind Map Theory as taught by Tony Buzan. Classical Mind Map Theory (as I am calling it), requires one Key Word per line and everything on one Mega Mind Map.
I still use all of Tony Buzan's Mind Map Principles when I am using Mind Maps during brainstorming or thinking. One Key Word per line allows the brain to generate an infinite number of ideas and allows unbelievable creative thinking.
The Mind Map also separates the thinking process from the writing process. You don't have to worry about grammar, syntax, concord and other details during the thinking process, if you use Mind Maps.
But I use the Mind Map Tutor concept when using Mind Maps to teach or tutor.
I thought that a Mind Map is too good a tool to waste, when it comes to teaching, yet people battled when I gave them my personal Mind Maps, which were based on the Mind Map Principles. The fact that each branch had a single Key Word became a hindrance. I had to give them more details. But as I added more details, the number of branches exploded and the Mind Map became unwieldy.
I gradually started to put more words on a branch, but I wasn't happy about this, as it breaks too many Mind Map Principles.
I found that having a summary Mind Map with all the necessary text to be the best compromise.
With the discovery of XMind, an OpenSource solution became available, where I could charge people for my knowledge and expertise and not for the tool.
The latest Learning Management Program is therefore an interactive Mind Map that provides all the details contained in the Ebook. You simply click on a branch to read the details.
Every detail is just a click away.
You can view samples of the New Interactive Mind Map Tutor here, to give you an idea of what is to come. Click on the outline button to get an idea of the content.
The version you get will be fully interactive. You can add your own thoughts, hyperlinks, Mind Maps, images, or whatever you want to.
The Mind Map Tutor contains Ten detail Mind Maps and an Overview Mind Map in one Xmind Workbook.
While the OpenSource version of XMind is great, you could also buy the Pro version of Xmind, which gives you added functionality and features, including project management, presentations, audio notes and lots more.
This approach allows you to get started quickly and cheaply, but also allows you to expand when you are ready.
But first get hold of our Learning Management program today and Mind Map your way to Effectiveness.