Visual Learning and Mind Mapping


A great many children are doing poorly in school these days because they do know how to learn. These children learn visually that this they learn from pictures rather than verbally from sounds or from the written word. Unfortunately most schools still rely heavily upon written texts and verbal instruction, leaving such kids at a tremendous disadvantage in the classroom.

Visual Learning and Mind Mapping

Children today are more likely to be visual learners than ever before. Their first exposure to ideas and concepts is often through visual mediums such as computers, television or video games. These youngsters often know how to comprehend complex concepts they do not know how to do it with the tools used in the class room.

Mind mapping teaches visual learners how to translate abstract concepts such as mathematical problems or words into concrete images that people can understand. Most people learn how to do this naturally but some children don't because their minds are wired differently. These children are often mistakenly diagnosed with learning disabilities because they are unable to translate concepts into visual images.

Even many adults are visual learners. An example of a visual learner would be a man who can perform complex tasks such as a car repairs but has trouble understanding paperwork such as insurance policies. Such a person is probably a visual learner, he is intelligent and capable but unable to operate when there is no visual reference to something.

A mind map provides a visual reference that such people can use to grasp a concept. Persons who learn how to mind map can often expand their horizons because they learn how to grasp abstract ideas for the first time.

Mind Mapping for Visual Learners 

Mind maps show a person an idea the way that a map shows a driver where to go. Many people who can't find their way from directions can follow a map. Mind maps work in much the same way.

Today's mind mapping software allows educators to create a wide variety of such visual aids that can help students at all levels of education. Whether it is a first grader who is struggling with reading or a college student having hard time with history or philosophy, such maps can help. Idea maps can even be used in business to help individuals understand processes.

Many people simply don't learn until they see visual evidence to verify something. Mind mapping can help such visual learners succeed in and out of the classroom.

How to Create Mind Maps

The best way to create mind maps is with today's mapping software. It can quickly generate a diagram the way programs like Mapquest create geographic maps. A teacher could use such software to create maps to help students follow a lesson.

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