Saturday, June 04, 2016

SUMMARY of ENGRG MATERIALS (CHAP 2, 3 & 4) & Test2 (Copper. Aluminium & Polymers)

The Mind Maps below are to help the APR 2016 cohort revise for their tests 1 (18 Jun '16) & 2 (3 Aug '16).

A LH12 student, Max, asked me today how I managed to practically remember all the facts that I have mind mapped on the white board. I told him that after many years of teaching I have developed a long term memory for it. I also added that he can also achieve it for the coming class test by developing strong associations for each branch to be linked together to the next. The next step is to go through the mind map so as to enhance the learning points. Notice that no two mind maps are the same. Each is unique to each class.

Below are two mind map summaries for each of the classes (LA12 & LH12) that I taught! It was done slightly over an hour in class on the whiteboard. I have reservations over using any mind map softwares as it is practically impossible to create all the drawings, emphasis and branches in real-time on the computer within the allocated time.


A Mind Map Summary for Class LA12

A Mind Map Summary for Class LH12











CHAPTER 2 - SUMMARY
CHAPTER 3 - IRON-CARBON EQm DIAGRAM SUMMARY
CHAPTER 4 - HEAT TREATMENT SUMMARY
REVISION CHAPTERS 2, 3 & 4 (PART1)
REVISION CHAPTERS 2, 3 & 4 (PART2)

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Friday, November 06, 2015

WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO MIND MAP NOTES FOR MY STUDENTS?


What drives me to supplement my teaching with Mind Maps?  

Mind map is one of the methods that I use in helping me teach more effectively. It assists my students by making 
learning a bit easier and in a systematic manner too. Another technique I use in parallel is the powerful TEFCAS (Try, Event, Feedback, Check, Adjust and Succeed) methodology that helped motivate and encourage my students to "Try" etc...... and then "Succeed".

I would certainly recommend any one to try to learn this simple, but yet, powerful technique that came from Tony Buzan, the originator of Mind Maps.

My sincere thanks, gratitude and deep appreciation goes to all my students and colleagues for their feedback and support. They are the REAL motivators of my passion to use mind mapping and TEFCAS, in whatever work situations and to NGEE ANN POLYTECHNIC for providing a conducive teaching and learning environment. Students and colleagues have also been generous in nominating me for several teaching awards as shown below:


a) 2007/2008 Ngee Ann Polytechnic Academic Award (Development)

b) 2007/2008 School Teaching Award

c) 2008/2009 School Teaching Award

d) 2014/2015 Associate Lecturer Teaching Award (Photos).


Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Principal, Mr Clarence Ti, Presenting the "Associate Lecturer Teaching Award"




In whatever pedagogy, there would probably be some who may not agree with this unorthodox method of teaching, summarising and reinforcing learning through the use of Mind Maps and encouraging students to adopt the SUCCESS formula, TEFCAS! 

I am pleased to attach some feedbacks from students on my teaching. I hope you may find some inspiration in learning something about how I apply Mind Mapping and TEFCAS to help and motivate students associate, learn, recall and more importantly, to TRY as the first step towards SUCCESS!

Feedback From My Students
For those interested in learning mind mapping and TEFCAS, there are numerous books written by Tony Buzan that you could get from Amazon

For those interested to teach Mind Mapping, you may go to the following website: http://imindmap.com/training/

For those who wish to discuss more about it, I am pleased to assist you as a qualified practitioner of the techniques of Mind Mapping and TEFCAS.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

SUMMARY of COMPOSITE MATERIALS (CHAP 1) Using MM Software & CHAP 2, 3, 5 and 6


I did the above mind map over one or two hours, capturing the gist of the content in Chapter 1 of the Composite Materials notes. It shows how quickly a mind map could be used to summarise anything. 

Mind maps for chapters 2, 3, 5 and 6 could be found in earlier posts (1st Dec 2014 post). The mind maps are reposted here for the convenience of all.

Chapter 2


Chapter 3


Chapter 5 


Chapter 6


It is very useful for me to do a quick summary and I really hope that it would be helpful too for my students. It is important to note that one has to read through the original powerpoint slides so as not to miss out on some of the details that is left out in the above mind map.
Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!

Monday, August 03, 2015

SOME ADVICE on USING MIND MAPS on CHAP 7/7A (COPPER & ALUMINIUM) & CHAP 8 (POLYMERS)

1. A MM  Worksheet on Copper, Aluminium and Polymer


2. MIND MAP OF COPPER, ALUMINIUM AND POLYMERS (DRAWN IN 2014)

3. THESE TWO MIND MAPS ARE ON THE SAME TOPICS (COPPER, ALUMINIUM & POLYMERS) (DRAWN IN 2014). THEY ARE DONE IN REAL-TIME TO STUDENTS FROM TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES.
Slightly over a year ago, I posted a series of mind maps that I did for my students as a revision for their class test on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Image No. 2 and 3). As these were done on whiteboard, they appear quite "longish". Thus, I decided to do a simple Mind Map that has the right proportion of a Landscape paper as shown in Image No. 1. This mind map needs further information (such as, uses of each material) to be added by the students themselves. This will help the students have a complete overview of the things they are supposed to know.

I have always reminded my students that in order to do well for their coming class test, they need to study the power point notes FIRST, then, with the aid of the mind map, it would act as an effective summary for them.

I did a quick review of the above real-time mind maps and found them still relevant for my students. Thus, I decided, for their convenience, to reproduce it here again.

My students, good luck in your revision. Hope the above mind maps helps. If it has helped you, please help others to understand it too.

Afternote:
I did a final revision with my students yesterday and the MM below is the result. I believe, they enjoyed the summary of Chapter 7, 7A and 8. The photo was taken by my student, James Ong. 
Mind Map Summary on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers (Photo Credit: James Ong)







Tuesday, July 21, 2015

QUICK REVISION MIND MAP FOR ENGRG MATERIALS - CHAP 3 and 4

SUMMARY MIND MAP OF CHAPTER 3&4 (Photo Credit: Muhammad Adli Bin Nazli)

Mind maps are extremely good to make an impactful revision in situations when time is limited, and when you want to compact as much info as you can, on just one sheet of paper or a white board. 

I did it live yesterday with a group of students on Chapter 3 & 4 as shown above. 

My earlier postings on Chapter 2 remains the same and is reproduced below for the convenience of those who needed it.




Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!

Friday, June 19, 2015

MY MIND MAP ON CHAP 2 - PHYSICAL & MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS, CHAP 3-PLAIN CARBON STEEL & CHAP4-HEAT TREATMENT - 19 JUNE 2015

MIND MAP COVERS PROPERTIES and VARIOUS MECHANICAL TESTS - TENSILE, HARDNESS, IMPACT, CREEP and FATIGUE.
I was pleased to have completed a mind map of Chapter 2 on Physical & Mechanical Properties of Materials. My purpose is to use it to assist my students try to remember the key points of this Chapter with the most number of powerpoint slides (74 slides in total.)
I wanted to draw two more mind maps for Chapter 3 (Plain Carbon Steels) and Chapter 4 (Heat Treatment), but, decided that the real-time MIND MAP pieces that I drew for them in class was sufficient in summarising the key points in those two chapters. Many thanks to my students who took the photos as shown below:
CHAP 3 - PLAIN CARBON STEEL (PHOTO CREDIT: GERALD LIM HUI JUN)
CHAP 4 - HEAT TREATMENT (PHOTO CREDIT: ERICK TIMOTIUS TANJAYA)
Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

MY MINDMAP OF CPR, CHOKING, BLEEDING & BURNS on 1st and 2nd April 2015


CPR - CARDIO PULMONARY RESUSCITATION 


I really had an enjoyable day in Nairobi taking a short First Aid course on CPR, Choking, Bleeding and Burns. The course was conducted by Lindsay Spainhour Baker, an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Trainer with a host of other impressive qualifications.

After the intensive course with close supervision by Lindsay, I feel confident to render CPR assistance to anyone who happens to need it.

Wish everyone is healthy and do not need this kind of assistance. Haha.

The mind maps for the other FA components will be inserted in due course.

Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!

Monday, December 01, 2014

MIND MAPS FOR COMPOSITES ON DESIGN (CHAP2), MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (CHAP3), REPAIR (CHAP5) & QUALITY CONTROL (CHAP6)

CHAPTER 2 - CONCEPTION & DESIGN of COMPOSITES

As there was only one week before my students' assessment, I realised that the only way to conduct a fairly comprehensive revision with them was to make a mind map for each of the chapter. Thus, over the weekend, I did a few mind maps for them as shown below.

CHAPTER 3 - COMPOSITES MANUFACTURING PROCESSES


CHAPTER 5 - REPAIR OF COMPOSITES
CHAPTER 6 - QUALITY CONTROL OF COMPOSITES

Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MIND MAP OF A "CREATIVITY & INNOVATION WEEK" EVENT




COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS on an A6-sized MIND MAP.

As always, an enormous event such as the above C & I Week comes with many programmes. With the large number of facilitators and students involved, the organisers have to provide detailed coordinating instructions necessary to  ensure success. 

As I sat in the lecture theatre listening attentively as the programme and instructions unfolded in front of us, I quickly "captured" (mindmapped) the essence of what I need to know (e.g. 9INNOVA, Challenging Projects and Workshops involved, Duties of the Facilitators, etc...) so as hopefully, able to successfully dovetail the C&I week's programme smoothly into the 9INNOVA module. 

I felt a certain sense of calmness (unlike during the first briefing) and had a very happy feeling at this second briefing for all the facilitators, as I looked down on the A6-sized mind map that I have completed in real-time.

In my humble opinion, it generally showed that the organisers have covered practically all angles in organising this event. Well done!

Hopefully this C&I Week programme will supplement 9INNOVA and help students gain a different mindset in terms of Creativity and Innovation. 

AFTERNOTE:
After attending a third meeting, I made some minor changes (Emergency telephone no. 64606999) to the mind map above and update it my blog. I also realised that students have to achieve their goal of completing the following 3 parts:
a) Designing and Writing their ePoster for their challenging project
b) Designing and Constructing a cardboard model of their challenging project, and,
c) Designing and Editing a video on their challenging project in which they make use of a Line Hugging Robot (LHR) to illustrate/simulate how they would go about solving the problem of their project.

Students have to achieve the above tasks, so that they would be able to make further presentations to anyone else using the ePoster and the recorded video. Thus, this means that the group would have to delegate jobs/tasks to all three tasks to members of the team.

The mind map helps one in having an overview of the entire project.

Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

MIND MAP on CHALLENGE-BASED LEARNING, VISUAL THINKING & FUTURES THINKING by BEATRICE TAN LI KHOON

WHAT IS CHALLENGE-BASED LEARNING? by Beatrice Tan Li Khoon on 18 Sep 2014, 2-3pm, NP

I have always been interested in learning about various teaching and learning (T&L) techniques and how it could do to help as many students to be focus and learn as much as possible in class. One of the techniques that I frequently advocated and championed is the "Use of Mind Mapping in Teaching and Learning". However, this post is not about this, but, about three mini-T&L techniques conducted by Ms Beatrice Tan that I attended on the 18 Sep 2014, 2 to 5pm at Ngee Ann Polytechnic 

I was glad to have attended all three 1hour-session and learned a great deal from the course leader. The courses were:
a) Challenge-based Learning
b) Visual Thinking
c) Futures Thinking

As in all real-time mind mapping recordings, I took note of  the duration of the course, its content and synopsis etc...and then set about preparing to mind map the courses so that I could make reference to it from time to time.

All three mini-mind maps are shown in this post. Each is drawn, surprisingly, on only an A6-size sheet of paper. Not many could believe it. Nevertheless, I attached an A4-size paper (Please see the image at the end of this post), which I then folded it into the A6-size paper that I used for my three mind maps. I completed it with an A6 room of paper to spare. On hindsight, it amazes me, but, I just want to share the joy of being able to do record 3hrs of interesting T&L lectures, with all budding mind mappers. I just needed to challenge myself.

Each topic interests me as it engages the brain on how students (and also educators) today should be thinking in the 21st century. I have always been advocating a lot about the visual impact that mind mapping has on learners. As one can see in my blog, I use mind mapping extensively in engaging my students in teaching and learning activities. 


Please enjoy and have fun challenging yourself in interpreting the mind map!

b) VISUAL THINKING
WHAT IS VISUAL THINKING? by Beatrice Tan Li Khoon on 18 Sep 2014, 3-4pm, NP

Mind mappers, in my humble opinion, are people with very strong visual skills. Could learning mind mapping skills help students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation skills that are very essential in the 21st Century?
 

I shall leave this question unanswered as I know there are many answers to it. Haha......!

I once did a real-time mind map of John Naisbitt's talk when he was invited by the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) to its 26th SIM Annual Management Lecture (AML) on 23 Aug 2007. (You may view this mind map by just googling for, "John Naisbitt AML mind map").

Dr John Naisbitt, renown for his 1982 prediction of the rise of China in his book "Megatrends" long before China was seen as a serious competitor of the United States of America, made the prediction of a global "Visual Culture" in the 21st Century in his book, "MindSet!". Please read this book or my mind map to know it all about it.

c) FUTURES THINKING
WHAT IS FUTURES THINKING? by Beatrice Tan Li Khoon on 18 Sep 2014, 4-5pm, NP


As educators, beside teaching the students the necessary knowledge and skills for the module that they are supposed to be competent, I have always given due thoughts, on how to engage our students in critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, ...... haha. 

Beatrice raised a very important point on why educators should be engaged in "FUTURES THINKING" in revising their curriculum to meet 21st century innovation....... e.g. the kind of impact 3D printing has, on what the students should learn? What type of engineering material is used? What kind of content and skills sets should the students have to meet emerging technologies?

d) An Overview of the 3-in1 Mind Maps on an A4 paper
3-in-1 SUMMARY MIND MAPS DRAWN by LIM CHOON BOO ON A SINGLE A4 PAPER ON THE ABOVE THREE TOPICS. It was done in REAL TIME ON 18 Sep 2014, 2-5pm, NP

Please enjoy and have fun learning how to optimise your mind maps and save paper. Haha.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MIND MAP ON COPPER, ALUMINIUM and POLYMERS for POLY Students on 29 JUL 2014

 
LN12-Revision Mind Map on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Photo Credit by Ms Catherine Liu Ning)
LN12-Revision Mind Map on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Photo Credit by Ms Catherine Liu Ning) 
I was fortunate to have my colleague, Ms Catherine Liu Ning observed how I drew a real-time Mind Map summary of the topics on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers that I have lectured to my students during the past weeks.

An original photo is also attached below to help students keen on having a copy of the summary. I hope to be able to inspire my students to continue adding more branches and information onto the mind map that I have given, and DO IT IN COLOUR. 

This would really help them to revise these topics anywhere at home, in the bus or in the polytechnic without having the text with them. However, this could only be USEFUL, if and only if, the students read the original slides first and understand them

It was quite an experience drawing mind maps after mind maps for my students. Please view and compare other similar mind maps that were drawn for different lecture groups (LN12, LA12 and LA34 respectively). See any differences? The differences depended on the amount of interactiveness with the students.

LA12-Revision Mind Map on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Photo Credit by Matthew Wong)













LA12-Revision Mind Map on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Photo Credit by Matthew Wong)
 LA34-Revision Mind Map on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Photo Credit by Gary Ling)













LA34-Revision Mind Map on Copper, Aluminium and Polymers. (Photo Credit by Gary Ling)
Please enjoy and have fun analysing the mind map!
Thanks to Catherine, Matthew and Gary for the photos taken.