Blog on mind mapping and problem solving
focuses on mind mapping in math problem solving
How to use mind mapping software for problem solving
1. one "tool map", How to use a tool map?, How to organize a tool map?, by problem solving stages, by grouping tools, by common problem solving obstacles
2. one "problem map", How to organize a problem map?
visualising thoughts is always a good idea
mind mapping is powerful, flexible, easy, fun to use, quick
the problem map structure helps to dig into the problem
using a problem solving strategy is of great help, e.g. the IDEAL strategy
the tool concept is very useful in problem solving
tool maps help to improve your mental tool belt
rethinking your tool map is a self-correcting process
tool maps help to discuss problem solving strategy, improving problem solving strategies in a social process becomes easier with tool maps
Use abbreviations, for problem solving stages, e.g. IDEAL (see above), for tools, examples, cp = central problem, c = collection, i = idea, ...
use 2 main parts in your problem map, one for results, one for work in progress
Useful tool: Always (re)focus on the central problem
A large part of routine work is nowadays done by machines and computers. The work that is left over for humans often needs one central skill: problem solving. Yet h o w to solve problems is a tricky topic - you need a procedure that is easy and economic enough for everyday use and sophisticated enough to be of real help with real world problems. Here are some ideas on "problemsolvology", especially how to use mind maps in problem solving.