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Dear Darius,
 
Thanks for hosting the workshop tonight.  I was one of your Zoom participants.  My student, Sam, was pretty excited that I shared her map of the calculus project with you.  Her Mom had just bought your course over the weekend, so Sam (Samantha) and I are going through it together since she tends to fight with her Mom.  She actually made her own bullet map during your first demonstration in week 1, and we made the calculus project map via Zoom while you talk the parents through how to scribe for their kids.  After giving me random information, she finally pulled out the rubric and read it off in a rather disjointed way, so it was pretty much like having her do a brain dump!  Ha ha.  Or maybe like pulling teeth…
 
I am very excited to use this technique for myself and my students.  I’m not dyslexic, but I started my own version of bullet mapping last year because I’m getting too old to keep everything in my head any longer!  I appreciate your insight and techniques to refine my own notes.  My dyslexic students are all quite artistic, so I believe they will also like this from that perspective also.  For Sam, the hardest part is narrowing down the key words.  Her teachers all require Cornell Notes and it is driving us crazy.  She writes down everything or just freezes.
 
I’m also going to teach this to one of my new college students. She is in a master’s program and on academic probation because she is not scoring high enough on her essays.  She is dyslexic and got in trouble for plagiarism even though she thought that she had reworded the research findings.  The anti-plagiarism software that the university uses flagged her paper as 63% too similar to the original.  I think that this keyword technique will be helpful in finding the main points and then putting them into her own words.  We need to get her off academic probation so that she can go on to do great things working with people who suffer from depression as a social worker in corporate settings!
 
Thanks for all you are doing!  It is really making a difference all over the world.  My two students above both live in California and I have a very dyslexic student in Virginia, USA.  My boy that needs to hear your stick shift video was threatening to commit suicide in the third grade because he is so overwhelmed.  He is in 6th grade now, so I’m going to try to teach him your method.  Wish me luck!!  Ha ha.  He’s a tough one!
 
Blessings,
Sara Shunkwiler
Orton Gillingham Tutor
Home Hospital Teacher (for kids too sick to attend school)
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Washington, D.C. area

Darius,

I would like to give you my feedback on our weekly Zoom sessions and about the whole Bullet Map Studio experience so far.

First of all, please let me remind you who I am. Florine, mother of Josephine, 11, from Texas USA. We took part in a workshop on a Sunday,  signed up for a 4-week training, and are at the moment finishing our Week2.

I want to tell you how amazing the results have been so far.

Josephine was tested and recognized as Dyslexic at the age of 8. Despite the fact that I didn’t know anything about Dyslexia, I realized very early on that Josephine had a reading problem. She attended a miraculous two-year remediation at school with some wonderful specialists in Dyslexia. They regularly pulled her from her “usual” class and helped her tremendously. She can now read. She is very slow in most of the things that she does, but she is very bright.

I pulled her from school at the beginning of the school year, this year, because she had suffered too much from the ignorance and carelessness of Teachers. She was drowning in a school environment where everyone pretended that they cared, and they thought that with just a few accommodations here and there, she would be fine. The truth is that she was broken. No self-confidence, very anxious, hopeless, no self-worth, depressed and insomniac.

Despite many hours of meetings spent with Teachers and Principals, we had to take the matter in our hands.

Josephine is now homeschooled. The experience so far hasn’t gone very well. She still has trouble working, concentrating, understanding the reason for all of this work that is demanded from her. So homeschooling hasn’t been a walk in the park so far.

Then I found you and your method. As soon as Josephine listened to you, something clicked for her. I haven’t seen her so enthusiastic about something other than sports and music, for a sustainable period of time. She gets what you say and do. She is interested, enthusiastic and for the FIRST TIME, she doesn’t drag her feet when she has to watch your videos and do the work. Best of all, she does things INDEPENDENTLY, when usually, she doesn’t do anything without me. The first time we did a map together, I got lost and frustrated, and she told me: “That’s alright Maman, you can’t understand because you are not dyslexic (with a huge smile), let me do this!”. I was flabbergasted!

She draws maps almost every day, for anything she finds a reason to make one. All this is clearly working for her. And if things continue this way, I can see a way to have her go back to school and do well thanks to your method.

Now, as for the weekly zoom sessions, I’ll be straight with you, they are killing me. Horrible, useless and a total waste of time. Nobody is of the same level, we are week 2 and others are beginners. Nobody wants to talk because they are either uncomfortable or not prepared or not well managed. We can’t see anything on others’maps. We don’t understand what they are talking about, and what’s the point anyway? If at least people could send a picture of their maps before we start the session. We could see them better. You could talk with the author and constructively help them express themselves about what they did or attempted to. The young lady (Leena I think) is very nice but she can’t do your work. And mothers at the end won’t chat together when they haven’t been guided into a chat with a subject or a question to answer to. Plus, YOU are the one we want to talk to because you know what you are talking about, not someone who’s done the training and who is very shy, by the way.

Please don’t take it badly, I know that I can be very blunt, but I thought that my input could be helpful.

Sorry for the long email, I should know that a dyslexic has trouble reading!

Very sincerely,

Florine

Hello!

I am so happy I found this site! I have been a teacher for over twenty years and now I have my own business, HOPE Center for Learning.

I decided to focus my teaching on dyslexia because my daughter, who is now 15 yrs old, diagnosed at 11 yrs old, has dyslexia and the “regular-automatic” teaching did not work for her. I loved your video on that analogy, that is I how I found the website!

I also have a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University. So, I researched the best curriculum to teach her and I found the Orton-Gillingham approach works very well and I opened my own Center.
I am now in several schools and I have about 25 students.

I am also teaching part-time in a Learning Center at a private school and I am so excited to learn more about mind mapping! I think it will be great for our middle school and high school students. Including my daughter!

Your live video was the first video that I think I have ever sat through from start to finish. I am always so busy. 🙂 But there was something about mind-mapping that I found very relatable and very helpful.

I also should have known by your engaging way of teaching that you used to be a Steiner/Waldorf teacher. 🙂 I was one too!

I thought that was very funny. The one video I watch was from a Waldorf teacher!

Thank you!
Jennifer

Hi Darius,

loving your videos. Thought I’d share one of my solutions to a 30 + year frustration of never knowing where my keys are despite having a key bowl by the front door! Last Christmas (2017) my son bought me a Nut. This past Christmas I found it buried in a pile of magazines and attached it to my keys and downloaded the app. Oh boy – hasn’t happened since. I also have a car that beeps at me if I leave my keys in the car 🙂 The kids I support love the fact that I ‘get them’ don’t get annoyed and always try to find solutions.

Shelagh

Hi Sir!

I have been watching your videos and love your analogies! It helps me to understand my daughter’s working memory. She has Dyscalculia and I realized lengthy problem sums overwhelm her… I have attached a typical Singapore math worksheet for you to take a look. After hearing what you said, I realized it is even crucial for her to write down the different informations given , like taking notes , so that she can remember it. Since her working memory is short , this dropping down the ‘clues’ could help her to remember the whole ‘story’ . What do U think? How can I help her in this area?

Thank you for your kind assistance !!!

Christine Goh

Thank you for you’re video today, I am so passionate about my boys learning, seeing you emotional today, made me emotional as I feel as strongly about all of it as you do and you are so right about when the boys keeping presenting ideas but they get turned away and in the end they end up just shutting down – this rang so true, thank you for your videos please do not stop

– Zoe in Cornwall

Hi Darius,

I’m a private Learning Specialist who works with kids one-on-one. My students are 6-12 years old and most are dyslexic or more visual/right-brained in their learning style. I currently have 6 students who will be entering 6th grade middle school next year and would live to offer them summer sessions to teach your mind mapping techniques so that they are feeling confident and ready for middle school! I’ve signed up for your webinar on March 6th but as a tutor (I’m not planning to work with high schoolers) what do you recommend as a plan for me to learn your great techniques quickly so I can share with my students this summer?

Thank you and I’m so happy I found you!😊

Kelly Williams-Cavanaugh

SundayMap Course Review

"I'm not going to stop BulletMapping on a Sunday. It's amazing! It's given me a huge insight into my daughter's mind that I had no idea about. She's only 11, so moving forward, when it comes to exams and projects that she's going to have to hand in. I don't want it to happen at 10 o'clock on a Sunday night as you've said. It's going to happen after breakfast on a Sunday for us because that's the time we’re totally going to do our map. Life-changing is a bit of a strong word but actually, it's life-changing. It's made life so much easier and I feel reassured and comforted that all her worries get out and we can talk about it."

Listen to a ‘Dyslexia Explored’ podcast episode wherein a parent shares her experience with her dyslexic daughter after doing the SundayMap course. 

Udemy Course Reviews

Very inspiring! I love the way you draw out your map on a paper as you speak about it. Simply amazing!

Amer Samad

Very good course. Easy and step by step learning and end of the course you will surely know how to mind map quickly. Worth my time and money. Good job.

Ankit

I love the instructor's approach to teaching this course. Mind mapping the mind mapping process is a great idea and his casual approach is wonderful and reassuring.

Amir Masood

It really felt like the instructor could relate to the difficulties we faced when studying! He was also so earnest and humble when giving the lectures on mind mapping! It's awesome to watch his videos. Update: Upon completion of the course, I managed to practice drawing mind maps twice from the exercises! While I was drawing, I could relate to a few of the key ideas from the videos and apply them accordingly. It was a good course for beginners, thank you Darius.

Joey Tan

Great course. Really going to help me with my current post grad studies as I do struggle with memory recall at times

Christopher Brundson

I enjoyed the course. Darius was a very engaging and fun instructor. He covered very relevant examples and showed how applicable this technique is. I would recommend this course.

Julian Trujillo

I learned that mind mapping is much more interesting than writing standard notes. An alternative to word-for-word note taking. Gives me a much more broader outlook into the knowledge I'm learning. Makes review and recall of information much more efficient as the map is embedded in my head. Thanks Darius.

Riz Ainuddin

Very good course for beginners, rhythm is good, explanations are very clear, and videos are not too long. So it is fun to learn this way. It is more than an overview, as you feel to be able to do a mind map by your own at the end of the course. Now let’s go mind map to see how useful it will be, and how much time we can save using mind map. Thanks Darius !

Francois Corrihons

OMG #MindBlown! I had never heard of MindMaps before taking another course here on Udemy, and was referred to this course to get the basics. I LOVE drawing MindMaps now. Now on to the actual content. This course taught me how to focus on my keywords and being an over thinker, that is HARD for me. I almost ALWAYS get lost in the details. Darius, shows you HOW to break down paragraphs and focus on the bare bones of the text, then shows you how to map it. I love his methodology of teaching you mind mapping by actually making a mind map of mind maps!!! Epic! LOVE this course. Also Side Note, for ANYONE with learning disabilities like ADHD and such this might be what you need to help you focus on notes. For me I look forward to drawing and coming up with my own doodles for my mind maps now!

David Rios

I got this course on sale for 10 bucks. So to say that it is worth or not it would be a subjective response. I like the fact that this course is sweet, short and simple. I can go back and review anytime if necessary. I say TRY it. What do you have to lose? Time? Money? 2 hours and 10 bucks? Anyway, thank you for the information Darius. I would be interested in a advanced course if that is a thing...maybe i should think of an advance course or maybe this is all there is to this topic.

Telvin Mathews

Extremely useful! This is a skill that will benefit me greatly in my day to day studies and I am so glad to have discovered this course 🙂

Donay Ontong

This is my first course on mind mapping. The instructor has a lots of experience on how to teach mind mapping. The course is upto the mark. The only complaint is it doesnt provide more advanced topic. The instructor can provide more advanced topic. It is just the basics but he managed to clear all the doubts.

Lourembam Suraj Singh

Excellent course. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees at several top global universities and previously felt that I knew how to study / learn best for myself. With Jonathan Levi's Superlearner and Darius's Mindmapping, I am seeing how far from the truth that is! I have been relatively successful in my endeavors, but if I had taken these courses years ago, I 100% believe they would have radically changed the trajectory of my life in business, education and personal. Very thankful to have found them now! Darius is very easy to listen to, describes well and has very good examples and exercises which help you start incorporating this tool into your tool belt. Although I journal throughout my day, Darius's "My Yesterday" exercise inspired me to purchase a sketch-book and create a nightly mindmap of that day. I love the idea of being able to look back through my days, weeks, months and years at a glance and see the key details. Like a leaned down journal which helps me distill the essence of the day while also bringing a little artistic creativity and drawing into my day, which is otherwise very lacking. Many thanks Darius.

Samual Ksiazkiewicz

Simply Amazing course! Darius is very soothing in his voice and explains things like a friend. I learned a lot from this course and hope to pass it on to others in my family and friends. I would have scored way higher in education had I known this secret weapon - mind mapping - in those days. Nevertheless, thanks Darius for making it so accessible to all. We are waiting for your advanced course 🙂 Small feedback: Lectures 25 and 26 are one and the same

Gaurav Parmar

Very enlightening introduction to Mind-Mapping! Darius Namdaran does a wonderful job of teaching the fundamentals!

Tim Bickers

Very informative course. I have took away a lot from the course. It would be better if there are more practice examples and quizzes.

Ling

A great introduction to the concept of mind mapping. Darius is a wonderful instructor; he explains the key concepts of mind mapping in succinct points. I would love to take an advanced course on the same topic from him. With everything going digital these days, it would be really handy if some mind mapping programs (desktop/web/mobile) are discussed in the course.

Suyash Thakare

This may be the best course of mind maps on the entire Internet. Two things highlight this course in relation to other courses of mind maps: 1. Key words, which are greatly explained; 2. The mind maps are plotted on paper, not on the stupid mind-mapping software that must be paid and not even close to the right mind maps. However, it would be good to add at least another half an hour of material relating to the keywords and their incorporation into the mind map. With more examples. Darius, you are a wonderful man! This is a wonderful one in a clear course! All recommendations!

Miroslav Ostojić

I found the course very useful as a tool for refreshing my knowledge and interest for mind maps, which I used many years ago at university. The course was well-paced and structured, and delivered by an engaging and clearly experienced instructor. Would certainly recommend this course for people who are new to mind maps, or like me, wanting to refresh their knowledge. My only challenge was that the two bonus slides at the end of the course were identical when I viewed them. This didn't detract from my overall experience on the course - but hopefully can be easily resolved!

Mark S

broke it down well into useful and easy to understand steps .....good teaching technique

Joe MacGowan

Really enjoyed the lessons. Darius showed how it was all done live, so it was very easy to understand. He sure gave a very good introduction to what mind-mapping is about and how it is used to someone who had had no previous knowledge whatsoever of the method like me 🙂 Very friendly approach as well. Highly recommended if you are considering a different way of taking notes and retaining information.

TM

very optimistic tone, but not a lot on actual techniques, software tools, etc. Wrap-up at the end was helpful. Course goes very quickly and is easy to follow.

Eugene Lee

Well, the way of explaining is very encouraging. I believe that the teacher poured a heart into this cup of mind mapping. The way of explaining is quite clear and I appreciate that enough time spend to thoroughly and slowly go through the basics.

Sergey Kuzin

Outstanding teacher. Easy to understand. Quick to pick up for application.

Wayne Sedlak

Incredibly clear and practical. Well thought out and for the first time I have a better understanding and renewed confidence at giving mind mapping another go.

Katerina

Very simple, direct and easy to understand

Adrian Mervyn Fernando

Well broken down. The ideas are easy to follow with many examples. I look forward to using mind maps!

Cecylia Anderson

Definitely, it is exactly what I'm looking for! I'm struggling with learning for years, but this course will change my studying efficiency.

Enkhbat Munkhbold

Clear explanations, straightforward teaching and useful lessons. I very much like his hands-on approach and avoidance of theoretical explanations.

Ignacio De Leon

This is a very informative course, it's easy to understand by him using the information is a package analogy and others, plus real life examples and demonstrations.

Watny Abellard

Well structured he took the "key ideas" of mind mapping and structured his course like...a mind map.

MIchael Marrs

The section on dissecting the text to extract the keywords alone was worth the cost of the course. Having learned the "mechanics" of drawing mind maps in another course I find that this course is more focused on "real-time" application. Great tips and demonstrations, packaged in a compressed course that doesn't take ages to go through.

Tomas Lindahl

Clear explanations as to how he approaches the 'skill' of mind mapping. Encourages the student to be aware of what works best for them while staying focused on creating the mind map.

McKenna Richards

Clear explanations as to how he approaches the 'skill' of mind mapping. Encourages the student to be aware of what works best for them while staying focused on creating the mind map.

McKenna Richards
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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