Mind Maps for Visual Learning

APICS_CLTD2017_v1_0We kicked off another CLTD workshop in Atlanta recently. In the workshops we offer tools, tips and strategies for successfully studying for and passing the APICS CLTD exam. One strategy we recommend to all students is creating a mind map of the CLTD learning system.

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

When I studied for the CLTD exam, I used Coggle, a free online mind mapping tool.

First, I summarized the learning system by module and section, and highlighted the total number of pages within each section. I then created a separate mind map for each section and listed terms and/or concepts associated to the section, along with a page reference in the learning system. This allowed me to easily summarize key terms and concepts and link them to a topic.

The end result was multiple pages of mind maps I was able to quickly reference. More importantly, the process of developing the mind maps helped engrain the core learning concepts I felt relevant to better understanding CLTD.

You can send us a note and we will gladly send you the mind maps we have, but the real learning occurs when you create your own mind map and being to identify terms and concepts and associate them to sections and topics in the learning system. After all, while there are short cuts to learning, the best path to understanding is doing.