Example of an exercise in the book
We think that mind mapping is a technique that is essential for all conceptual thinkers to know. In our book "Move forward with Dyslexia" we provide 19 exercises for dyslexics to work more effectively. On this website we present you one example of chapter 8:
What is a mind map?
A mind map may also be called a synthesis of written language and picture thinking and hence is so closely affiliated to how the brain functions. Both sides of the brain are actually engaged in the process of thinking and retaining information. Because there is associative as well as linear activity, it is possible for hidden information to be revealed.2 In short, a very useful technique for everyone, but especially for conceptual thinkers and in particular for dyslexics.
Tony Buzan describes mind mapping as follows:
Mind mapping is a form of expression based on associative thinking and therefore a natural function of the human brain. Making mind maps is a powerful graphic technique and a universal key for unlocking the potential of the brain. The technique is suitable for every aspect of life in which better learning and clearer thinking can improve our performance."
Mind mapping is thus a technique that anyone can learn, both conceptual and linear thinkers. Both the left and right hemispheres are engaged in mind mapping, images are coupled to words and vice versa.
A mind map has six essential characteristics:
- A mind map has a branched structure;
- Each branch can lead on to new branches;
- The central topic is placed in the middle;
- This can be visualized as an oval figure, for example;
- You only fill in the central theme when you know it;
- You construct the mind map with various colours to provide an overview;
- A mind map consists of words, abbreviations, symbols, drawings and diagrams.
When you do mind mapping you work from the back to the front, from left to right and then back again. You write or draw whatever occurs to you. In most of the literature on mind mapping you start with the central theme. But that does not work for many conceptual thinkers. Discover your own best strategy for this.
A mind map could look like the example in figure 21, but you can use your own creativity and style.
This example describes 3 of the 7 pages in the book on mind mapping. When we say that we give you tools and exercises for better writing and reading, it is this kind of tools and exercises that we provide, no grammar or spelling exercises.