Mind Mapping: An elegant solution to enhance student academic performance

By Mitch Rice

AFrom the increased inclusion of technology in the classroom to the adoption of live classes as a preferred mode of teaching, the aim of all advancements in pedagogy is to have a positive impact on student learning. Today, the field of education is undergoing a tectonic shift in its mode and methods of teaching. Things have changed quite a lot. Especially since the coronavirus pandemic, when schools and college campuses were shut down locking millions of students and teachers across the entire nation, out of the classroom, even experience teachers had to learn how to teach online.

Mind mapping is another great tool for improving the students’ performance in the classroom. It is a very effective technique which helps in creative thinking and bolsters memory and critical reasoning skills in individuals. Over 2.5 crore people across the world use mind mapping as a learning tool. Whether we realise this or not, most of us are intuitively familiar with the premise of mind mapping. It’s even possible that you have unwittingly, used mind maps of your own accord. The earliest documented use of mind mapping dates back to 3rd century BC, when the philosopher Porphyry of Tyros used this technique to organise the works of Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher. Even the Microsoft founder Bill Gates is appreciates this technique as a way to boost memory and enhancing one’s creative thinking. Here are a few reasons explaining why memory mapping may prove to be a godsend for your students….

Memory and Recall-

Often students have a hard time remembering the teachings from their lectures. Even after repeated attempts, rote learning is seldom effective in remembering effectively and even when it does, the results are often not commensurate with the effort. Mind maps combine the spatial thinking with visual imagination and colours which provide superior recall and an almost unfailing memory of things learnt. Several studies have been done on the efficacy of memory maps as a learning tool and the have all found out that using mind maps improves the memory of the user significantly and also develops better active recall.

Boosts Creativity-

Mind Maps are also a great tool for boosting one’s creativity and thinking ability. The brainstorming involved enables you to come up with new and effective ideas. Using your visual and spatial faculties, allows you to gain a better perspective at the subject and enables you to perceive connections between elements which would seem unfathomable using traditional methods. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Adding visual stimuli to a Mind Map creates an easy to process yet powerful base of knowledge. Our mind processes images containing a ton of information, instantly. It would however struggle to assimilate similar amount of information from traditional methods of learning. Therefore, mind maps are an excellent tool for students to remember and process vast amounts of information, simultaneously which helps in enhancing their academic performance.

Improved Teaching and Learning-

It pedagogy, mind mapping provides several advantages. It is helpful for educators in giving better explanations and engaging their students in the learning process. It is a very flexible tool which may be put to use for supporting a wide variety of teaching processes such as teaching students, making lesson plans and likewise. It also supports student learning as mind maps enable the students to make associations between a lot of different ideas, which leads to development of creativity in students. Mind maps allow for breaking complex information down and present it in simple terms. Therefore, it helps the students in getting a better grasp on the subject matter and also aids them in at the time of revision as simpler the information, easier it would be to memorise, recall and reproduce in the examinations. Several researchers credit Mind Mapping as an excellent tool which is very effective in the teaching and learning process, compared to traditional methods.

The role of a teacher is to get their students engaged in learning and improve the student’s academic achievement. Mind mapping is an excellent tool which helps an educator with all that and more. Therefore, taking the help of mind maps in your classroom, is an excellent idea for enhancing the student learning outcomes.