• Mind mapping – an early approach (Day 8)

    Day 8 of the 30 day challenge

    I said that I would try and find some of my A’Level mind maps – and I did!  There must have been some solid reason for me keeping them for all of these years? Maybe this is it – to demonstrate how my technique has developed over the intervening years.  I’ve also found some of my degree mind maps.

    Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) as a mind map









    Economies of scale – A’level thinking

    Economics – monetary theory – A’Level thinking









    I suppose that finding these is also testimony to my organisational skills (either that or my inability to dump everything).  So compare the three A’Level revision maps above, to these below.

    Economics – local government – degree thinking









    Bibliographic control

    Library & Information services statistics









    Online – in relation to library and information services – 1978!










    Sociology – interpersonal skills c1978

    Any difference between my initial interpretation of Use Your Head, and how I revised for my degree?

    Looking back on these examples gives me a sense of how profoundly mind mapping has impacted on my life.  In the early days I would take my notes in the conventional (linear) way and then as I revised I wold create my mind map.  I could then go into each exam with an image in my mind which I would draw upon as I sat down facing the question papers.

    Subsequently mind mapping crept into all areas of my life and I captured notes and minutes as maps.  In more recent years I would produce my minutes and agendas as maps, and colleagues (not all!) would work with me in this.

    It’s good to remember as all too often we forget our journey to now – and all of the dead-ends that we have met on the way, the u-turns we’ve made, and the side-tracks we have followed.