Effective Study Skills for Dyslexic Children: Learn Mind Mapping the BulletMap way.
We help mums, who believe dyslexia is a gift, equip their child to survive and thrive in School with online study skills training called the BulletMap™ Method.
As parents, we want our children to be happy and confident in school, but, the school system can overwhelm dyslexic children, even once they can read and write. The system makes them feel inferior. However, we believe that they are like stick shift thinkers being taught as if they are automatics. Their engines are powerful and when they get systematic instruction on how to study creatively, they blossom. Hopefully, schools will eventually do this for dyslexics. However, in the meantime, it takes the efforts of parents and tutors to systematically teach them study skills. We help you as parents equip your child to learn how to study. We’d like to invite you to join our world class online mind mapping course and online school called the BulletMap Method, ideal for dyslexic 9-16 yr olds.
As a dyslexic parent with dyslexic children I know what it’s like surviving and thriving in school. I developed a mind mapping method that helped children enjoy mind mapping and studying. The BulletMap method is an important development in creating a study skill system for dyslexics that will last a lifetime. It’s been tried and tested by many other parents with dyslexic children.
This online training course is designed to help parents and dyslexic teens learn mind mapping in a social and collaborative environment with videos and study groups anywhere in the world. It has literally transformed childrens experience of homework, high school and revision.
It involves repeating 3 steps:
- Watch an hour of videos together.
- Join a Study Group via video
- One to One Trainer check ins.
Join this life transforming 4 week process for only £199 (£50 Discount for referrals) or sample a ‘How to BulletMap’ lesson, for free. The training system of videos and study groups is designed to fit into your busy life and give your child a practical and emotional boost. Or your money back.
At the end, you will :
- Have a happier child at school
- Understand your child’s challenges much more
- Your child will feel less isolated and more understood
- You’ll grow closer
- You’ll give them a tool for real life, not just exams
- They will start passing essays and tests
Avoid the confusion of a frustrating system and help your child keep up. You won’t regret it. It works because it fits with the way they think. We want to help you move from that place of frustration and powerlessness to taking matters into your own hands and equip your child to be happy and learn real life skills. This beginners course gives you a solid foundation. We also have a monthly subscription for groups to continue to practice and develop their skills in our Creative Study School.
Beginners Course4 Lessons + 4 Study Groups over 4 weeks
One Month of weekly training with a group of 10 families.
4 Hrs worth of self paced video training (30+ short video lessons)
4 Online Live Video Study Groups
Gauranteed your child will have a breakthough in school work using this system with in 3- 4 weeks.
Certificate of Completion
One to One Check in with Darius for 30 Min after the course for personal feedback and training.
5 Months BulletMap SchoolMaster the Skill with a 'Map a Month'
Everything in the Beginners Course
5 Monthly Study Groups with your group
Virtual Teaching Assistant
Full Access to all BulletMap™ Method Training Videos for the seven maps
Unlimited access to other Study groups
Free access to online seminars
Two 30 min One to One Checkups with Darius
Certificates for up to maps learnt
Medal for up to 5 Maps
Get 6 months worth of videos for 3 Months Only
1 Year BulletMap SchoolMaster the Skill with a 'Map a Month'
Everything in the 6 Mth School
Monthly Study Groups
Virtual Teaching Assistant
Full Access to all BulletMap™ Method Maps and Training Videos.
Certificates for up to 7 Stages of mapping.
Medals for Up to 7 Stages.
Three more one to one checkins with Darius (total of 6 half hour check ins)
Get 1 year worth of videos for 4 Months Only
book Darius, the senior trainer, for private consultation for £75 for 30 min
- Two 30 mins sessions
- One-on-one tailored check-ins
- Review of their maps and progress
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you answer yes to these statements?
- My child is struggling or is going to struggle at High school.
- My child is intelligent but is a very disorganised learner or dyslexic.
- She/He needs more practical study help than school can realistically give.
- It is important to your child to get some qualifications.
- The stress of school, homework and exams is beginning to have a major impact on family life.
- You want to find an effective solution you can work on together from home.
If you said yes to any of these statements then our course if for you.
- Children who want to achieve qualifications.
- Strong Dyslexics
- Moderate dyslexics
- Self identified mild dyslexics
- 10 years olds
- Parent and child(ren) working together
- Geographically separate parent and child (online group make dual locations work)
- Dyslexia Assessors or Tutors
- Teaching assistants
- Reluctant children. We aren’t a magic motivation fix -sorry. You could start with some of the videos on our website instead to get them thinking about mind mapping.
- Very systematic or linear thinkers. If you’re the support parent, that’s okay, but you may find it harder to map. Creative and dyslexic thinkers take to mind mapping much more quickly.
- Computer mappers. If you’re determined to use computer mind mapping then this course probably isn’t for you. I ask everyone to learn on paper first then integrate computers where they are helpful. Sometimes computers get in the way of the learning process. I love them, but not for learning to map.
Often parents ask “I see how good this is but my child isn’t interested. Can you convince them?” I’d love to. Oh how I I’d love to, but I can’t. If your child is reluctant, keep showing them our videos, and hopefully the day comes when they say, “You know that mind mapping thing, I might be interested in that.” It took us 6 months with our daughter before the window opportunity opened.
If you are a parent with the good fortune of a child saying that they are interested then the window of opportunity is open. If they are over 10 years old I’d encourage you to seize the opportunity and learn how to study together. The best place to start is with our first lesson “The SundayMap” How to brainstorm your ideas for the week to come, or a project and work out the next best thing to do.
Parents often ask, “How long will it take to learn to mind map?” I answer, “Both quicker than you think and longer than you think.”
Let me explain.
It’s quick to learn how to mind map. It’s pretty straightforward once you get the principles. Both you and your child can learn how to map in a few hours with the videos in our highly rated fast paced beginners course. I’d actually really recommend doing this course with your child if they’re interested as you’ll learn alot about how to map and you’ll get a feel for whether our approach of watching videos and learning together works for you.
It’s important though to remember that this beginners course gives you the first explosion of possibilities and skills mind mapping can bring. Your next task is to learn how to train a dyslexic brain to use mind mapping in daily life. I liken this to training a ‘wild horse’ which is both powerful and unpredictable. When you first learn to mind map, it’s like taking off a stiff saddle from a reluctant horse that yearns to be free and learning to ride bareback. The restrictions that had previously been there are gone but there still needs to be some control. Learning how to think and how to harness your thoughts is a process similar to learning to how to ride and control a wild horse. It takes time, and you get thrown off. Which is why it’s so important to make sure that your child has properly set their expectations of what they can do and how fast they can do it with a mind map.
So, to answer the question of how long it takes to learn to mindmap, I would say it takes 2 hours to learn the principles of mind mapping. It will then take 4-10 weeks of training and practice to get to a truly productive level of mindmapping where you can apply it to all the tasks required of High School and revision.
I think if you tried to learn on your own it could take 3-5 years to develop the level of competency you would get at the end of 10 weeks of lessons. We’ve worked hard to accelerate the learning process for a dyslexics with our BulletMap Method of mind mapping with a fast paced video program. The course structure allows them to discover their study ‘pain points’, the places where they get ‘thrown off’, and gives them ways to learn how to overcome that. There are different challenges for each child and its important we give them time to find them and overcome them. It’s often during the feedback time in the study groups that these challenges emerge and are overcome.
The BulletMap Method overcomes the seven of the main challenges of Highschool with seven maps:
- NoteMap – For Capturing rapid notes
- PatternMap – For finding keywords
- MemoryMap – For remembering
- FlashMap – For test practice
- MasterMap – For Exams
- RecipieMap – For structuring essays
- QuestionMap – For answering questions accurately.
It is truly amazing what happens when a family with a dyslexic child learns this study system. Mind mapping doesn’t solve all the challenges of dyslexia, but it does make High School work so much faster and fun.
Enrol in our Beginners Course now.
You Won’t Regret it.
Often it’s something the whole family does together. We encourage this. When you enrol in the course the videos are available to view as a family. The tutoring aspect is tailored to the child who’s signed up for the course. If you would like to enrol more than one child at the same time for the group tutoring then you’ll get significant discounts for additional children learning simultaneously.
If dyslexic brains are like wild horses the they are very powerful but often hard to direct productively. It’s important to maintain motivation. We’ve found the one simple magic answer for that is to watch others learn with you. At BulletMap Studio we put a huge effort into creating online study groups via video conference. We bring together bands of fellow ‘wild horse owners’ and journey together. Something special happens each time. It’s more than just learning to ride through the land of exams. Your child realises in real time, with real people, that other people of all ages ride wild horses and are facing and overcoming similar challenges to those that they are experiencing themselves. We learn from and inspire each other.
These groups are designed to nurture those moments when someone who has been mind mapping for only 3 weeks explains a map and another child sees it and lights up with possibilities and thinks, “I could do that!”. It’s priceless. That moment can carry them for years.
I’d like to invite you on one of these expeditions. It won’t always be easy. But I can assure you it will be fun, fast and very fruitful.
I’d like you to imagine how a tool like mindmapping, productively used, can transform school and family life. Have you seen our video “A Day in the Life of John?” If not, I recommend you take 5 minutes to watch it. It shows how dyslexia affects John every day at school in small but crucial ways that make him slowly sink.
I’d like to show you what John’s day would be like if he knew how to BulletMap. We’ve made this second video of what life could look like based on the experiences of our parents and students…
You can see from the video above how John is using mind mapping as a multi tool for all the little things that used to trip him up continually. He’s becoming an independent learner.
In our course I explain how mapping forces us to use our natural talents towards creative thinking within a structured map. The map becomes like a ‘coach’. Mapping can actually transform a person who is locked in a world of disorganisation. Choosing to take a moment to visually place your thoughts down on paper helps dyslexics unlock their genius and deliver real results to the world. It does take intentionality and good choices to make this a habit.
It is no simple task to create order for a dyslexic mind. A creative mind can be wild, disorganised, anxious, and can ramble to find the right point to communicate. Our students are finding they now have a way of working that helps them:
- Organise their thoughts
- Be calm and less stressed
- Tell great stories confidently
- Remember essay structures and write concise essays
- Express their ideas in a way people understand
- Plan realistic projects
- Feel confident with their exam revision
and, above all,
- GET THINGS FINISHED!
If you want this way of working for your child then I’d suggest that you give mind mapping serious consideration, invest time in it and learn how to do it together.
Stage 1, is our beginners course. You will learn the basics of mindmapping and the seven maps in the BulletMap Method.
The way you learn together is simple:
- You watch an hour of videos together.
- Join a Study Group via Skype (Zoom)
- And repeat for 4 weeks.
You can sample the first Lesson for free. It’s called the “SundayMap”. You will learn How to Brainstorm with a BulletMap in 40 min. You will be able to brainstorm those ideas in your child’s head and make sense of them each week on a Sunday and plan your week.
It costs £199 (Discount to £149) to get up to speed with your group in 4 weeks. After this, we recommend you do monthly study groups for 7 months to learn to apply the 7 BulletMaps, £50 pcm (Discount to £25). Discounts are available for the first 100 enrollees in 2019.
There are two main parts to our system.
Stage 1 is a Beginners course, lasting 4 weeks.
Stage 2 is our Monthly Creative Study School which is monthly.
Beginners Four Week Course:
If you want to get your child ready for high school and writing essays “BulletMap Method for Beginners” (201) is for you. You watch an hour of video and do a study group each week for 4 weeks. It is designed to be stand alone and give you an intermediate level of mind map skills. This is ideal for younger children aged 11-12 and costs £199.
The Beginners Course, is 4 Video Lessons + 4 Study Groups over 4 weeks. £199.
- How to brainstorm
- How to organise your ideas
- How to read, underline and make a map
- How to find keywords (advanced)
- How to use branches (advanced)
- How to map your homework
- How to use the map to give a presentation
- How to Outline an essay
- How to map a lecture
Creative Study School:
Once you have done the beginners course and found a study group, the next stage is to apply your new skills to real school work each month. You get one lesson a month and do a study group a month.
The Study School: Where your beginner study group meets once a month. £50 Month.
- How to set your goals for a test or exam
- How to combine multiple maps into one A4 map
- How to make maps memorable
- How to test yourself with a FlashMap
- How to find weaknesses in your map and strengthen them
- How to use your phone to study with a ‘photographic memory’
- How to use and remember essay structures with ‘RecipeMaps’
- How to prepare the month and weeks before
- How to prepare the night before an exam
- What to do on the day of the exam
- + Lots more.
When things get close to exams you can repeat this process more frequently and use our exam preparation study groups to do better work faster.
Block three focuses on how to use mindmaps to revise for exams and how to answer exam questions under stress and remember everything you have learnt.
The courses are weekly. You watch an hour of videos a week and do a group tutorial via video each week. We’ll meet live on video conference each week for a study group for 45 min. I’m going to be with you encouraging and teaching you along the way.
Your teenager is going to learn an efficient way of working that will let them ride that ‘wild horse’ without undue force. You’ll probably get on better, they will sleep better, have better skin and much less stress. Your teen will probably get homework done quicker, revision completed effectively and maximise their performance in exams.
When our daughter hit the roadblock of her exams we realised that although we were paying for subject tutors and that they were definitely helping it wasn’t going to make enough of a difference because she didn’t know how to remember and use the information she was learning. That’s when we realised that we had to go back to basics and teach her study skills that would outlast her exams and serve her well throughout life. These courses are our way of offering these study skills to your teenager as well.
We love getting isolated students and parents together to share their learning journey with each other as part of an online video conference call between 3-8 families depending on peoples schedules. We do them on Tuesday or Wednesday nights at 6:30pm in Australian, US and UK time zones. They are great, because we find they actually motivate the children to complete the training videos and they enjoy the cameraderie that builds up. The main focus is learning to do a 3 min talk through of a BulletMap.
We are hosting a series of live workshops which are like introductory study groups. We will teach you how to defuse those Sunday night stress bombs with a BulletMap and Darius will answer your questions face to face via video conference. Register below if you’d like to be part of one.
Alternatively, you could watch a 90 minute recorded workshop which is very educational and engaging. It also explains the course in more detail if you’d like to know more before securing your place.