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[ba-ohs-talk] Mind Mapping story

Just happened across this. Mind mapping has come up a few times on this
list. Apparently it's starting to show success in the UK.
Kevin Keck
keck@kecklabs.com    (01)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/low/english/education/newsid_1926000/1926739.stm    (02)

BBC News Online:  Education    (03)

Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 23:24 GMT 00:24 UK    (04)

Mind mapping can help dyslexics    (05)

Various techniques are used to help children with dyslexia
By Georgina Kenyon    (06)

A visual memory technique that is causing waves throughout the computer
world is also helping dyslexics write and achieve high marks at school and
university.    (07)

Mind mapping is a graphical thought organisation technique that helps memory
and note-taking from lectures as well as stimulating creative thought,
supporters say.    (08)

Mind mapping is currently trendy within computer programming circles in the
United States for organising data.    (09)

But it is also very welcome news for dyslexics, as it can consist solely of
images.    (010)

Philip Chambers, current world mind-mapping champion and an
accelerated-learning trainer at Learning Technologies in Staines, Middlesex,
UK, said mind maps used more of the brain's resources.    (011)

"While traditional learning such as taking notes uses very few of the
brain's resources, mind maps encompass all the skills, combining logic,
words, colour and pictures," he said.    (012)

Mr Chambers said the term mind mapping was first coined by Tony Buzan in
1974 in his book and BBC TV series called Use Your Head.    (013)

"But it has taken many years for it to gain acceptance in education
circles," he added.    (014)

To create a mind map you first start with a blank sheet of paper on which
you draw a picture of the topic you are trying to learn in the centre.    (015)

Accelerate learning    (016)

Then you draw up to nine tapering lines representing themes or words
radiating out from the central image.    (017)

Off these lines, you draw another series of lines, each representing an
associated idea. Colours and symbols and arrows to link associated ideas
should also be drawn on the page.    (018)

It is this technique that has allowed dyslexics such as Elaine Colliar, 32,
who is a mind-mapping champion and a Scottish accelerated-learning trainer,
to achieve at school and university far beyond her expectations.    (019)

"Mind mapping helped me circumvent my dyslexia," said Ms Colliar, who was
first introduced to the technique by an art teacher at school.    (020)

"At school, I was looking at very average results in my final exams until I
was introduced to mind mapping.    (021)

"Dyslexia is often likened to a circuit board where one component is
missing.    (022)

"Dyslexics have to devise a new strategy to wire that circuit board
completely. And mind mapping can assist dyslexics as it can consist solely
of images."    (023)

Once Ms Colliar gained confidence that she could memorise information using
images, she slowly incorporated more and more words into her mind maps.    (024)

"The more scientists learn about the brain, the more we learn about its
infinite plasticity," Ms Colliar added. "If there is a challenge to one part
of the brain, we can learn to revive other parts to make all sections of the
mind work together."    (025)

Ms Colliar is now teaching mind mapping to students.    (026)

Out of a group of 13 students she tutored through A-levels, four were
dyslexic. Now all students are at university.    (027)

Learning secrets     (028)

Philip Chambers says the secret to his success as world mind-mapping
champion lies in combining Buzan's technique with what he has learnt more
recently about memory.    (029)

To make sure something you have learnt is retained in long-term memory, he
says it needs to be revised five times - a day after you first learnt it,
then a week later, a month later and then three months later.    (030)

"Less and less do scientists believe the mind is organised into left and
right-hand sides of the brain.    (031)

"Rather, the brain is seen now as a black box and there are various skills
that are present in that box."    (032)

"But not only is mind mapping good for dyslexic people to learn. Many
scientific studies have also shown that a highly trained mind and memory
which can be achieved through games like chess, can add up to two years on
to your life span," he said.    (033)

There are 30 mind-mapping centres in the UK, with the European headquarters
based in Poole.    (034)