Hi there. I was using Mind Mapping long before I'd heard of Buzan or mnemonics.
Actually, I'm still unclear what connection Mind Mapping has to memory training???
I use it to brainstorm at the beginning of every new project. Could we a work project (laying out ideas for a presentation) or home project (big job like painting my house).
To me, it's just a visual and configurable outline.
I wouldn't do it on paper because I like dragging things around as new connections occur to me.
I like xmind (which is free) and MindManager software tools.
I think of it as one other note-taking method. I don't use it exclusively. I draw pictures in my notes, but I usually use lists.
Freemind is free and open-source, so it's a good format for sharing mind maps with other people.
iMindMap also has a free version, but I don't think the free version will run on every platform while offline (like Linux), so I think it's not as easy to share the mind maps for collaborative editing.
I haven't tried xmind and MindManager, but will check them out.
There is also a section of the forum about this topic: Notetaking, Mind Mapping, and Speed Writing.
I use XMind and Edraw Mind Map. I prefer to use XMind, but that doesn't mind Xmind is better.
Each one has its characteristics.
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