dyslexia explored podcast

dyslexia explored

This podcast will interview people with a dyslexia story from all stages and walks of life. The goal is to encourage parents of teenage dyslexics through the High School years.

Darius interviews people who have a Dyslexia story. They may be describing their child’s story or their own. With particular focus on how they met the challenges of high school and looking back on who and what helped them.

Our goal is make dyslexic teens and parents of dyslexic teens learn from the experiences of others, and realize that they can use dyslexia as an advantage. Listen to the podcast and leave reviews. It would really help us big time.

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Benefits of Mind Mapping Course

BENEFITS OF MINDMAPPING COURSE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

One of the best things about teaching is seeing the improvements of your students from day one until they finish. 

At BulletMap Studio, as we ran our pilot course for Mind Mapping for High School with Dyslexia, we had the pleasure of getting to know the students and families more and to hear how learning to mindmap was really making a difference for them.

Here are some of their experiences from the pilot course:

Ungradeable

One of the students was at a ‘U” level. I hadn’t heard of it before but it means under 20% and ungradeable. She was really struggling and didn’t understand her course. Her teachers predicted a “U’ grade in her mocks. If that was her grade then she wouldn’t be allowed to sit the final exam in the summer which would mean she couldn’t go to University.

This student did the course and Mindmapped for eight weeks and she got a C+ in her mock. This was incredible! It was mainly the benefits of mindmapping course she learnt in the first four weeks of the course.

BETTER SLEEP

An unexpected benefits of mindmapping course was when another student commented that she was sleeping better and she said it was due to being able to mindmap.

She had been waking up in the night for weeks before a test date without realising that the two were related. Often when there’s a lot going on in your head and you’re stressed it can be hard to identify what thing is causing the main stress. Once this student could use a mindmap to organise her thoughts and get them down on a piece of paper then she found she was sleeping better. The thoughts were out of her mind and organised in her mindmap and so she could be at rest and sleep.

words of affirmation

I CAN

Others reported seeing significant improvements in their grades as well.

So there were better grades and better sleep as a result of the course but for me the number one thing was that my students felt, “I can do this now.” A simple skill like mindmapping has changed their perspective on High School from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can.’

Lightbulb moment

I know how helpful mindmapping is but it can be hard to explain that well to others. The course has helped teenagers and parents experience mindmapping and many said, ‘I thought I knew what mindmapping was and now I really know what mindmapping is.’

That’s when you know a course has worked. That moment when a light goes on in someone’s mind, you often see it in in the live group tutorials, and then the student is off mindmapping and seeing the benefits of their new skill. Those benefits of mindmapping course have been more far reaching than I first imagined.

light bulb

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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.
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He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

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As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.

Mind Mapping in Action

MINDMAPPING IN ACTION

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 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.
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What Have We Learned In The Course

Preparation for the course launch

This is a moment to reflect on what we’ve learnt so far in the process of developing a way to teach mindmapping to dyslexic teenagers and their families.

 I started the process with six months of research into how to produce online courses that teach mindmapping. I have a course on Udemy, as a result of that research, and it is doing quite well. 

Pilot Course

The next twelve months were spent developing a course that was specific to dyslexic teenagers and their parents. Once that course was filmed and ready we decided to do a test run with a group of ten families.

What Have We Learned In The Course

After completing this pilot course and getting the feedback from the families I’ve learnt that with tutoring completion rates rise to 80%. Up from 10% when its video only. But what’s more important is that they really develop the skill.

why live tutoring?

My goal is to get teenagers learning and using mindmapping in everyday life and not just getting their parents to buy a course that isn’t used.

What I discovered through the pilot course was the importance of combining a video course with tutoring. Online group tutoring by video was crucial so that it could fit into everyday life. One of the challenges for the parents of a dyslexic child is that you’re spending so much additional time on homework, speaking to school staff, that when it comes to one more thing, even if it’s going to be useful, can feel like it will be too much.

So how do you fit learning how to mindmap into an already busy life?

The answer that I’ve come up with is one hour of videos to watch on the internet in your own time and then a 45min group coaching session via video conference, which is where they get live feedback and often when the “ah, ha!” moments kick in.

top5 basics for mindmapping

We created a course with one hour of videos and a one hour tutorial per week and that seemed to be the ideal combination for getting people to actually complete the course. Our completion rates went from 12% completion with online videos only to 80% when we combined the videos with tutoring. What was of even more value to me was knowing that my students could actually mindmap in a way that is productive for them in the long term. They can use mindmaps to improve their exam results and then take the skill into the future lives.

The next question was, ‘How well are the students actually mindmapping?’

The pilot course ran for eight weeks and I realised that after four weeks they were mindmapping well and had learnt the core, foundational mindmapping skills. The next four weeks were focused on how to mindmap for exam revision.

our journey

On reflection, this was probably too much in one go and so we’ve split the course into two parts. A four week course to learn how to mindmap which you can then practice for a few months and then a further four week course to learn how to mindmap for exam revision. They are two quite different skill sets and suit being two different courses.

That’s been our learning journey so far!

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