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The benefits of employing a mind map in one's learning are plentiful-it provides a condensed yet structured visual screenshot of essential concepts in bite-sized formats while cutting out the fluff. Whether you are in a hurry to internalize a boatload of topics or planning a last minute recapitulation prior to an important examination, mind maps will certainly go some way in providing both informational retention and reinforcement.

That said, not all mind maps are created equal. Inferior ones serve to confuse and fuzzy things up at best, while properly thoughtful versions can make a world of difference. Mother and educator pair Goh Meiling and Ruchika Maxwell should know, as they spent nearly six months crafting their masterpiece titled "Science is Fun with Mind Maps". The book includes a collection of 17 hand-drawn mind maps, covering Primary 3 and Primary 4 Science content and are presented with a list of keywords for each one so that students can either use those provided to revise or make their own. An introductory section is also included to help students understand what mind maps are and how to go about constructing one. In their own words: "We wanted to create something that kids would want to pick up and read - something that would stimulate their thinking and get them going on their own learning journey in Science. Mind maps have been shown to be an effective memory and note-making tool for both children and adults alike."

We managed to get steal them away for a bit from their busy schedules to find out more about their motivations for authoring the book, and solicit their perspectives on the local education landscape.

QN: Firstly, our heartiest congratulations to both of you on the publication of your book. Before getting started, kindly grant us a moment to properly establish identities. Mummy please raise your hand, and educator is? A further question for the educator-might you be a private tutor or a teacher in a mainstream school?

ANS: Meiling - I’m the mummy. Mother of 3 school-going kids!

Ruchika - I’m an educator and I had previously been teaching in a local primary school here.

QN: Why write a book that deals specifically with mind maps? Were there unique personal circumstances involved that compelled both of you to come together & create "Science is Fun With Mind Maps" ?

ANS: Ruchika - Where Science learning and revision is concerned, I think students are often overwhelmed by the content and don’t know where to begin. I would see only a minority of students in my classes making their own notes for Science to revise for exams. While reading the textbook and going through your school worksheets is great and should be done, that, in itself, may not be enough.

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