Read on to find out how ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, Thum Cheng Cheong, has been inspiring students, lecturers and the community in Singapore…
I am an Associate Lecturer for Business Law in the School of Business at UniSIM and the Subject Head of Business Law in the Diploma in Management Studies programme in SIM Global Education. I have been using Mind Maps and memory techniques to help students learn.
Recently, I was engaged as a programme writer to incorporate Study Skills into a new programme: Business Skills and Management. My appointment was due partly to my certification as a ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor and my Mind Mapping experience. I was the lead lecturer and coordinator in this module which includes speed reading, memory and Mind Mapping.
The students were required to draw a group Mind Map and do a presentation using the group Mind Map on one of the six Management topics. A total of 40% marks were allocated for the group Mind Map and presentation. This new programme is a compulsory programme for all first year students.
During the programme in July, my fellow lecturers and students were very encouraged by the positive impact of Mind Mapping on their teaching and learning abilities. They became motivated and started to explore the use of colours and images in their mind maps. They fedback that they will continue to use Mind Maps and memory techniques in their work.
On 23rd August, I did a presentation to the other lecturers on the approach, assessment and success factors of this new programme. There is an increased interest amongst the lecturers to learn Mind Mapping and apply the techniques to their subjects.
In addition to the above, I have just been appointed into the Education Task Force to look into the requirements of needy students in my residential area. This will be another area which I will explore the use of Mind Mapping to educate the students.
My first Mind Map Art Exhibition took place on 29th September 2012. We are bringing the arts through these exhibitions to the heartlanders. The workshops are designed to make learning fun through Mind Map Art. The spill-over effect is exciting and we look forward to reaching out to more of the public to promote The Global Mental Literacy Movement through the exhibition and activities.
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