Posted by: pkab | 21 January 2008

5 Tips to Create a Mind Map


By: Student Blog Project

Mind Map is a visual tool which helps you to organize ideas which is primarily used during brainstorming. It is basically an image-centered diagram which represents words or ideas linked to and branched out from a central key word or idea.

  1. Mind MapRepresent relationships by personalizing your mind map
    Recall and understand information regarding meaningful relationships that you have identified by personalizing your mind map with unique lines, colours, arrows, branches or some other way of showing connections between the ideas generated on your mind map.
  2. Avoid linear thinking
    Do not promote linear thinking by pausing, judging or editing as you jot down ideas or information. Instead draw quickly on unlined paper, think creatively and get every possibility into the map. Modify your information after you have finished your mind map and keep it to a minimum.
  3. Mind MapUsing the upper case and lower case to represent key ideas
    Use the upper case when stating key points and lower case for explanatory notes. Take note that capitals are easier to read in a diagram.
  4. Use the landscape approach
    Most students find it useful to do their mind maps in the landscape style as it gives them maximum space to branch out ideas from the main topic which lies in the centre of the page.
  5. Update your mind map
    Useful mind maps are constantly updated. Make sure to leave lots of space when doing your initial mind map. This helps when you wish to add in more information later on.

Source: Student Blog Project


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