People need to actually see how mindmapping is done.

As part of the launch process for the business and the online coursesBulletMap Studio has organised a series of talks where we got together with interested folks to talk about mind mapping, and show them how its done in real life.

Here’s how it worked… (Watch the video or read the blog, they are the same.)

Mindmapping in action

Mindmapping in action

The talk that I give is actually only about ten minutes long! The real learning happens in the question and answer time and I’ve come up with a fun activity to do which gives a real life example of mindmapping in action.

Everyone in the room, teenager and parents alike, get to share their questions and thoughts and I write them all down using single words in a list. It’s a bit like we’re all one mind asking lots of questions and at first it looks a bit disorganised. That’s often how a dyslexic mind feels when it’s presented with a new topic.

finding order

I start to find the order by organising the questions into a mindmap and this is when the main themes start to emerge. We all discover together the order in the questions and how they relate to each other.

It’s fascinating to do because every audience is different. They are made up of a different combination of children, parents and educators. The questions that emerge are different every time.

After 10-20 minutes of writing the initial list and creating a mind map from that list, I then use the mind map to answer the questions.

Learning experience

It’s a great learning experience as everyone in the room can see two things happening. The first is that they can see how a mind map comes together. It is amazing for dyslexics in a High School environment. The second is the opportunity to see a mind map being used in a practical situation. The audience sees that you can take a whole group of thoughts and ideas and capture them, organise them and then use that organisation productively to give a talk.

visual tool

In High School the outcome can be an essay or a presentation. If I was doing the same thing with linear note taking it would take me 3-4 hours to process everything. The visual tool of a mind map means I can do it in 40 minutes and answer everyone’s questions.

I’m really excited to keep going with this activity in the next series of talks that we have planned. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

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Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.



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