Archive for the ‘Mindomo Tips’ Category

3
July

The benefits of mind-mapping

Experts estimate that our minds have between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. Our brains work like little factories and the synapses never cease to pass chemical or electrical signals to each other. In fact, this is the beauty of our amazing brain. Each thought generates another one and so on and by the time we reach a certain opinion, we begin to wonder how it all started. This is not another study made by some great scientists but a thing we’re all experiencing, almost on a daily basis. Sometimes we really want to keep track of every thought we have, so we don’t miss anything. Do you have any moments when you say to yourself ‘Oh, I had such a good idea in mind! I forgot it.. ‘

And this is when mind maps take the stage.

We can think of our main idea that prevails in a day as the central topic of a mind map. All the other thoughts and reflections represent the main topics and subtopics that you add to the map.
In our types of representation as human beings, such as visual, audio or kinaesthetic, there is always a dominant one which supports us in learning, memorizing and in gathering knowledge. We can find what kind of representation predominates for us by taking a simple test. Knowing your type is important as you can benefit from it in your studies and in your personal development.

Now, say you’re the visual type. In this case, you can personalize your thoughts-mind map with all sorts of images and videos from your computer or the internet, anything that suits your string of beliefs and ideas. You can change the shape or color of the topics, the mind map’s background or the connecting lines between the topics to make it more appealing.

On the other hand, if your main type is audio, then you can add songs and recordings to your topics and subtopics and even record yourself and add your audio notes to the topics.

How does this sound so far?

Well, there’s more. Many times we want to share our ideas with others, ask for feedback or simply brag about them 🙂 This is possible even when using mind maps, with just one click. With the Share option, you can allow anyone into your world of ideas.

And the cherry on top is the fact that whenever your ideas are being interrupted by mundane thoughts besides your goals and objectives, thoughts such as ‘Did I make that commission? Did I answer that email? Did I forget to buy milk?’, you can always add a floating topic, outside the mind map and write them down. In the end, what is the point of mind mapping if not brainstorming and remembering thoughts?

In any case, mind mapping is a great way to structure your beautiful mind. Does this sound like something of use to you?

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

29
November

How to add a hyperlink to a specific part of a topic

Did you know that it’s now possible to add a hyperlink to a certain word or phrase in your topic? Doing this is very simple and it will help you gather more information in one place. Let’s say you want to make a list for your next camping trip, your mind map would look like this:





At some point, you might stumble upon some great sales for double tents in an online shop. Until now, you were able to add only one link to a topic. Now, because you can add a link per word on a topic, you can actually add multiple links to the same topic.
So, here’s what you should do to add the hyperlink with the info on the sales to the word “tent”:

1. Double-click on the topic.
2. Open a bracket right before the word “tent”.
3. After the bracket, type in the name of the site.
4. Hit Space from your keyboard (this will add a space between the link and the word you are linking it to).
5. Close the bracket after the desired word/phrase, in this case, “tent”.

It should look like this:




To turn everything into an accessible link, click outside the topic, and you will see that the word “tent” just got underlined, which means that there’s a link there.





If you hover over the underlined word, you will see a tooltip suggesting that you can open your link with CTRL + Click.

Please give it a try and let us know what you think in the Comments section below.


Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

20
June

FAQ from our users

1. I have shared the affiliate link with 5 people, why I am still free?

As many of you know, we have an affiliate program with which you can win months of Premium subscription. How does this work? The affiliate program works if you invite 5 people and they will use your invite link to sign-up for an account.
If you log in to your account and follow this link https://www.mindomo.com/a/account/#affiliate-program/statistics, you will be able to see how many sign-ups were made on your behalf. When you reach 5 accounts, you get the 30-days subscription.

2. Why can’t I share my mind map by link if I already have Premium?

Another question we get a lot is why there is an Upgrade button at one of the sharing options, though the users already purchased a premium plan.
Premium users can create unlimited mind maps and share those maps with unlimited users, however, the ‘Anyone with the link can edit’ option is a Professional feature.

This option is suitable for anyone who needs to work on his mind maps with external collaborators, giving them fully premium editing rights even if they are free or yet unregistered Mindomo users.

3. Is Mindomo available in other languages?

Yes, Mindomo is available in the following 16 languages: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Русский, 日本語, 中文, Norsk, Dansk, Svenska, Suomi, Nederlands, Português, Magyar, Euskara.
From the browser, you can set the language before you log in from the homepage, or after you login from the dashboard by clicking on More, then on Language.

You are also able to change the language on your Desktop App from the left side toolbar by clicking on the “?” icon.

If you have any other questions, please let us know in the comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

26
October

Get kids with learning and attention issues in the mood for Halloween

This time of the year gets everyone excited because the arrival of fall also means that Halloween is coming. Each year there are approximately 41.2 million kids who dress up and go trick-or-treating.

While Halloween might be fun for most kids, there will always be a few exceptions. For example, kids with learning and attention difficulties. These kids might be more scared of this holiday than excited due to their oversensitivity.

So, let’s see what you can do to make Halloween fun for them too:

  1. Costumes: The unusual clothing, the sensation of masks and the makeup can be a huge problem for kids with learning and attention issues. What you can do is have kids wear the costumes before the big day so they can get comfortable with them. If not, there is still time to switch the costume to something more comfortable, simpler.
  1. Treats! It is an unchangeable tradition to give to trick-or-treaters candies, sweets. With all these temptations, kids are most likely to overdo it. Moreover, for children with learning and attention issues, controlling temptations can be especially difficult because they are overly excited. What you can do is make an arrangement with them before the big day. Let kids choose 3 or 4 candies which they can eat that day, putting aside all the rest. Also, you can trade some candy in return for some toys or non-candy treats ( pizza, pumpkin pie).
  1. The actual trick-or-treating: running from house to house, creepy street decorations, Jack-o’-lanterns can be also a problem. These kids’ hypersensitivity may make them take the scary scenarios way too seriously.

In this case, consider going to some centers or malls which offer a more controlled trick-or-treating experience. Also, in-house small Halloween parties can be arranged at school. This way, kids will experience the comfort of knowing one another.

If you tick off these few things on your list, it’s more likely that this year’s Halloween to be an unforgettable, exciting day for kids despite their oversensitivity.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

31
August

Basics on Creating an Essay Outline

Writing good essays will definitely help you get through school. Writing outlines first makes the essay writing process easier and better organized because an outline provides a structure. The outline for an essay is like the skeleton for the body. As you probably know, there are many outlining tools to help you.  Mindomo also has an outlining functionality, apart from the mind mapping and concept mapping ones.

Mindomo gives you two possibilities: 

1. To turn your maps into outlines.  Create a Blank Mind Map if your ideas come into your mind in a chaotic way and you can’t put them in order from the beginning. Having all your ideas on the same page will help you see the connections in between, and you can organize them later on. Use the mouse+click to drag the topics on the map canvas. To disconnect a topic press CTRL while dragging. To connect it to another topic just drag it close until a red connecting line appears.

When you are done organizing your ideas, turn your mind map into an outline.

2. To create outlines from scratch. Go to Create from your dashboard and select Outline if you already have a clue on how you want to structure your essay add a title, then click on Create again.
Congratulations, you’ve just created an outline, which, at this stage, is basically a blank page.
Press Enter to get started with the first point. This should be the subject of your essay. Most of times this is given by your teacher, other times you can choose it by yourself. Also, you have to decide if you agree or you don’t with the subject and why.

To add a subtopic Press Enter, then the Tab key. Here you should write your approach, whether your essay will be a narrative, chronological, or instructive one. However you decide, write it down, this will be your thesis statement. Keep in mind that a good impression of the first paragraph makes the reader interested and curious about the essay. So try to make your paragraph clear, concise and engaging.

To add two or three main arguments/phrases that confirm your thesis, you need to change the indent back, which you can do with SHIFT+TAB keys.

Use the arrows to navigate between the lines, go up with the up-arrow to your first argument, then (with Enter and Tab) add a few statements to support it. Here you can use the information you got from studies, researches, quotes etc.

To avoid misconceptions about plagiarism, note citations and mention the resources where you got your info from. You can add notes to the topics with SHIFT+ENTER and you can exit the notes editing with the same keys.

Now that you have the core base of your essay, you have to compose nice round phrases out of the sub points and write transition sentences to introduce each paragraph. Naturally, you’ll need a conclusion too. This has to confirm your first topic in a way that concludes your essay.

The last paragraph is as important as the first, so make it convincing so that the reader will understand and agree with your argument.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team