A Mind Map is a graphic technique, like a roadmap, to visually layout your thoughts to allow you easily remember information. It uses words, images, numbers, logic and spatial awareness to improve learning and promote clearer thinking a vital study tool!
How do I create a mind map?
Follow these steps to create a mind map of the next topic you study.
- Take an A4 piece of paper and turn it on its side (landscape).
- You will need pens of varying thickness and colour, including highlighters.
- Chose the topic you wish to mind map.
- Gather your notes, handouts, textbooks and other information relevant to the topic.
- Create a 6cm box in the middle of your page.
- The centre box is your topic make it stand out so it grabs your attention, this will help with memory.
- Draw branches off the topic box write the topic subheadings on these lines.
- Draw branches off the topic subheading branches and add, in slightly more detail, the main points of each subheading.
- Use images, colours and a combination of upper and lower case letters to aid memory
Click here to download a template for creating your own mind maps.
Click here to view a sample mind map and to read more on concept mapping.