Mind maps are a type of diagram used to visually display information about a central topic in a relational way. They are most effective when they incorporate the use of color and images, which stimulate the brain and aid in memory. They can be used to organize any type of information in any subject matter.
Mind maps can be useful for making decisions/problemsolving, organizing ideas (your own or other people’s), creative thinking, brainstorming, improving memory and imagination, and facilitating collaboration.
- Pick a topic to be the central theme of the mind map.
- Write that topic in the center of the writing space (including a relevant sketch/image is helpful).
- Record freeform ideas as keywords surrounding the central topic, connecting them back to the central concept with branches. Try not to censor or moderate.
- Continue adding branches from the central topic or subtopics until all ideas are included.
- Now go back to study and refine the connections/relationships created.
Mind Map Structure
- Mind mapping can feel uncomfortable/unnatural to people unaccustomed to working in a non-linear structure. It takes practice to get used to.
- Not good for organizing very large amounts of text.
- Personalized maps can be confusing to outside viewers.
- http://www.tonybuzan.com/about/mind-mapping/ + The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan