English Literature Analyses with MindMaple

School has been in session for about a month. How are you/your students/your children doing with their assignments? If they are anything like me when I was a kid, writing assignments are put aside until the last possible moment. As a student, writing about books you’re told to read for class is not fun nor easy. However, students of today have what I did not when I was a student: mind mapping software.

I did a quick analyses on “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald using MindMaple, just to see how long it would take. I analyzed the characters, their roles, their relationship with each other, and the themes of the story. Essentially, I would be using the half hour or so I would be using trying to organize my notes on creating a mind map. Of course, if you want your mind map to look as intriguing as the story is, you need more time. On the plus side, if the assignment was to summarize “The Great Gatsby”, I already have it done and looking pretty.

Have a look and let me know what grade you think I would get if I had submitted this mind map as my homework. You can download the mind map template here. If you haven’t downloaded MindMaple for your computer or device yet, visit our website for free and premium mind mapping software.

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Menu Planning with MindMaple

It’s that time of year again. Summer is winding down, we’re getting our last few heatwaves before the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops to a moderate degree. With Labor Day rapidly approaching, many of us will attend and host end-of-summer parties with friends and families.

I used MindMaple to build a menu and help narrow down my dish options. By inputting about 15 different appetizers, drinks, entrees and desserts, I was able to make my final selections easily.

Download the template below for some inspiration (or just to grab these amazing recipes). Photos are property of their respective owners, who have been linked in the template for your reference.

Staying Productive this Summer

Students and instructors: you’ve made it. It’s finally summer. Congratulations on finishing another successful semester/quarter. You’ve got at least two months of freedom ahead of you, and staying productive with few obligations can be very difficult.

Using a handy mind mapping software like MindMaple for Windows or iPad, lay out your many options. We’ve created a template to get you started with a few ideas on staying productive in your downtime.

Stay productive this summer with MindMaple

This summer, your options are endless, but it’s important to use your time wisely and continue to build upon your current skill set.

  • Finding a job is one of the standard options. Summer jobs can often be in short-supply, but many places hire short-term positions. Use any of the sites listed in the template, or apply at your local movie theatre or amusement park. Seasonal workers are always needed.
  • Get an internship. If you’re in college, or close to it, a internship is one of the best ways to gain new skills and hone in on your current set. The closer you are to completing your undergrad, the more important it is to consider this option, especially considering the high competition for entry-level jobs.
  • Volunteer. Giving back to your community is one of the best things you can do this summer. Not only is it incredibly helpful to many organizations with limited budgets, it’s beyond rewarding to know you’ve made a difference.
  • Take a course at your community college or local community center. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook, or maybe sculpture has always piqued your interest, there’s no better time to enroll in a class you may not be able to during the school year.
  • Last, but certainly not least, read that novel you’ve been putting off. Review the lists linked in the template for good places to start, or ask a friend for recommendations. Many students and instructors find it difficult to squeeze leisurely reading into their packed schedules; using summer vacation to turn a few hundred – or thousand – pages is a wise decision.

What are your plans for staying productive this summer? Did you procrastinate on spring cleaning?

Download our mind map template here. If you haven’t downloaded MindMaple for your device yet, you can visit our website for free and premium mind mapping software.

Every business starts with a business plan!

Every business starts with a business plan

Every business starts with a business plan!

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I believe we’ve all been asked the same question since our childhood; we might even still hear it now.  Back in elementary school, a group of 8-year-old kids were talking about their mighty plan for their exciting, unknown future. It was an age that you can be anything or anyone before the reality steps in. Scientists and astronauts are some of the most popular “grown up” jobs children hope to have. Being a president of a country or being a ninja is not impossible either.

I wanted to own a food truck and sell popcorn chicken with boba tea because my mom said I could make a lot of money and be my own boss. If my goal didn’t change, I guess what I meant was to become an entrepreneur!

Every business starts with a business plan.

You’ve already had your Eureka moment! Now your next step is to build a comprehensive plan that leads you the way. Starting a business and making it sustainable is always a long journey, while  plans can never catch the changes. Your plan may evolve as time goes on. Therefore, building a business plan with mind map tools helps you to layout your idea and to organize them as a guideline for you to follow. Here’s an example of retail business plan template for you. Download this template for free here.

Retail business plan template using MindMaple

Retail business plan template using MindMaple

Some tips when creating a business plan…

1.     Hide/Expansion details: Creating a business plan with mind mapping software helps you see the big picture; you will always come back to the core value of your business as the plan changes along the time.  You can always click the + button beside the subtopic box to expand the detail.

 2.     Task scheduling: MindMaple allows users to schedule add memo to the tasks and on the side panel. You can also put down task priorities and task completion icons to keep tracking the task progress.

3.     Collaborating with partners: Share your business plan with your business partner(s) and modify the plan simultaneously in-real time! Best of all, it’s always wise to have a back-up in cloud database like Google Drive.

What is your business idea? Do you have a plan yet? Download the free template and start your plan today!  Good luck with your future endeavors and enjoy MindMaple!

Don’t have MindMaple yet? Download for free here!

Color Code Your Mind Maps

Mind mapping itself is considered an effective way of organizing your thoughts. But there’s another thing you can add to your mind map to make it a very effective visual map of your thoughts. Color coding.

You might start thinking of that time when all of your notes became a jumble of colors. That’s one form of color coding, just not the best example. When done in moderation, color coding your notes can help you and your information be even more organized.

Take a look at this Civil War Timeline template for example:

Civil War Timeline template using MindMaple

Civil War Timeline template using MindMaple

 
Victories and significant events in favor of the Confederates are in blue, while victories and significant events in favor of the Union are in red. Neutral events with significance are marked in gray but emphasized to differentiate from additional information added for depth. MindMaple’s various style options allows you to customize the colors and styles of the information in your mind map to your preferences with ease.

What’s the most effective color code for your mind map?

Learn a New Language with MindMaple!

Integrating new vocabulary in your native language can be difficult on it’s own, but adopting a foreign language can often seem like an insurmountable goal. The diction, the pronunciation and the conjugation! Oh my. It can all be a bit overwhelming. Whether you enroll in a foreign language course or are learning with a software like Rosetta Stone, practice is absolutely crucial.

Using MindMaple to quiz yourself on new vocabulary can help you adopt the language much faster. Use the expand/hide function to review terminology and quiz yourself. Click the image to expand, and follow the link below for the template.

Use MindMaple to help learn a new language

Download our Learning Spanish template here.

Mind Map Your Lesson Plans

There are many different ways you can apply mind maps in your daily life, whether at work or at home. We are always eager to find new uses for mind mapping, and our friend Chuck Frey, from mindmappingsoftwareblog.com, created some phenomenal templates for your use in MindMaple.

Educators know how tedious and ever-evolving lesson plans can be; you need something as dynamic as your lessons to keep you organized and on track in the classroom.

Download our lesson plan template below, and attach your Microsoft Office files, hyperlinks, images, notes and more.

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