In this Newsletter...
  • Welcome
  • Products
  • Associate Authors
  • Mind Map Tutor Blog
  • Facebook Page
  • Twitter
  • Focus of the Month
  • What's Coming
  • Communicating with us

1. Welcome

Welcome to the October 2011 edition of the Using Mind Maps Newsletter; The Newsletter that helps you with using Mind Maps to be more successful.

This month the focus is on translating information from Mind Maps to Linear Format and back again. This should be an essential part of your learning process, as the world is still largely a linear place.

2. Products

Our approach to use Free OpenSource Mind Map Software (Xmind) continues to prove successful. It puts Mind Maps and Mind Mapping into the hands of many more people.

So don't delay. Download Xmind today and start Mind Mapping!

You could also download the basic edition of iMindMap, which is also free. iMindMap is the official Mind Map Software endorsed by Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping, and creates beautiful, organic, colourful Mind Maps.

Learning Management Program

A ten step program divided into Four Sections that gets you learning faster and easier. The program takes you through four important stages:

  • Preparation
  • The Skills Needed
  • Application of the Skills
  • Keeping Sharp
Most successful people know that it is the process that makes them successful. Whether you are a golfer, tennis player, business person or learner, a good process separates the amateur from the professional. So 'Go Pro' with your learning by applying a good learning process.

English Grammar Mind Map Tutor

Having a good knowledge of English Grammar is essential for all learners, if your learning medium is English. If English is not your mother-tongue, then this is also a great guide for you. The Interactive Mind Maps allow you to add your own examples and thoughts, making you the centre of the learning process, which is the best way to learn.

Othello Mind Map Tutor

The first of our Shakespeare series, which allows you to learn Shakespeare in a unique, holistic and visual way, providing you with everything you need to know about plot, background, characters, themes and more...

3. Associate Authors

If you are a subject matter expert and think you have the ability to produce a set of Mind Maps on your subject, we can sell it and market it for you using our Associate Author Program. If you are interested, please feel free to drop us a note using our Contact Form and we will get back to you with the details.

By sharing your knowledge, you can grow personally, help others, and even create a permanent passive income stream.

Take advantage of our growth and expertise in the Mind Mapping and Learning marketplace and start your own online business with hardly any capital outlay.

The concept is simple.

  • You create the Mind Maps according to our strict criteria.
  • We market and sell it.
  • You earn immediate passive income.
We welcome any feedback and comments. Please do this via our Contact Form. We will really appreciate your comments, as it enables us to improve both our free and premium products.

4. Mind Map Tutor Blog

Our Blog,, keeps you updated with what's happening so that you can learn faster and easier with almost daily updates.

You can follow our blog by subscribing via RSS Feed, Email, Facebook, or Twitter to get regular updates. Most of the topics are also highlighted on our Facebook Page, where you can comment instantly and get great feedback from us and others.

You can now also comment on our blog using Facebook comments.

Some highlights from our Blog last month:

World's largest Mind Map Vietnam Mind Map Makes Guinness Record

5 Reasons why writers should not use outlines Use Mind Maps instead!

How to learn with a Mind Map Tutor Learn Faster and Easier

Fast Book Outliner Interesting Method to use for Book Referencing and Outlining

4 Questions that prove that clear thinking is not common sense Explore these four questions with Mind Maps

The Charlie Chaplin guide to Visual Thinking Mind Maps are just one form of Visual Thinking

The Short Guide to becoming a person of action today Actions speak louder than words!

How curiosity fuels learning I think curiosity feeds the cat...

And lot's more...

5. Facebook page

Visit Using Mind Maps on Facebook and become a part of our Social Network by simply 'liking' our page.

Facebook is great for updates, as it is unobtrusive and you can give immediate feedback.

Please promote our Facebook Page to you friends and family.

It is a great way for them to stay updated with the latest information on everything you need to know about creating and using Mind Maps to learn faster and easier.

All updates to our site, as well as our blog, are posted to our Facebook Page, so you will always be informed of what's happening.

Make learning and using Mind Maps a part of your Social Experience. In this way learning and growth becomes a natural part of you life and stops being a laborious effort.

As information on Facebook is fed in bite size chunks and you only read what catches your eye, you are in complete control of the situation.

6. Twitter

You can follow me via my Twitter account.

I am very active in the online Mind Mapping community, you will get updates and links to important information as I come across it.

Twitter is the fastest way to get information into the market. If you haven't tried Twitter yet, give it a go. The great thing about Twitter is that you only have to read what you want to, as it just gives you the headlines. The information also comes to you, so you are only receiving information that you want to receive.

If you don't like the source - kill it, and it's instantly removed.

Twitter can be a great time saver to give you the information when you want it and how you want it.

We publish all of our Blog feeds to Twitter so that you can simply browse the headlines and only visit the page if you like what you see.

7. Focus of the month - From Mind Maps to Linear and back again

While Mind Maps are the best invention developed for the human brain, the world is still largely a linear place. I therefore feel that the ability to convert between Mind Maps and Linear Notes is very important.

While a Mind Map is the best tool for personal note taking, essays, blogs, novels, theses and examinations are largely linear affairs. Mind Maps will however allow you to brainstorm ideas and then structure your thoughts efficiently for each of these tasks. All that remains is for you to translate your Mind Maps into a coherent linear format.

If you are taking notes from a linear source, such as a text book, or a lecture, Mind Maps can once again help you take down the notes and then restructure them into a framework that suits you. Mind Maps can even help you organise a book or lecture that is not well structured, as you can easily reorder the branches so that the ideas flow coherently.

Does it not then make sense to practice converting from Mind Maps to Linear and back again?

Luckily, Mind Map Software, such as Xmind or iMindMap allows you to do this much easier, as you can rearrange your Mind Map's branches effortlessly by simply dragging and dropping them into the correct place. The software can even generate a linear text document for you. You can generate linear outlines, or even complete documents.

Our Learning Management Program gives you some more detailed tips on Note Taking and converting from Mind Maps to Linear Format and back again, but you can get started immediately by simply getting hold of the free versions of the software and start practising. With regular practise, you will get better at working between the two modes.

The ability to convert between Mind Maps and Linear Modes is important if you really want to make Mind Mapping a part of your daily life, so that you can get the most benefit from both your creative, artistic side and your logical, analytical side of the brain.

You could even add other visual methods like storyboards, corkboards, or outlining. Even though Mind Mapping is my primary method, I find that each of these has their place and benefits.

8. What's coming...

Keep a look out for free information on our Website, our Blog , Facebook and Twitter. Be the first to get updated information as it arrives.

9. Communicating with us

We would also love to hear from you, so let us know how your Mind Map efforts are going. You can contact us via our Contact Page, or you can even write your own story and be published on our website.

You can also comment on any of our blog posts using Facebook comments. The choice is yours.

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