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Mind Maps

Mind Mapping is the system of note-making, note-taking and thinking devised by [i]Tony Buzan. Mind Maps are used throughout the world by students, business people and professionals to help them to think, learn and work more effectively. They are a great way to use non-linear thinking and to display a subject using both words and images.

The key steps to work through are as follows:

  1. HOW TO START

    Start in the centre of a blank landscape page of paper with a colourful, unframed image representing the subject. Be creative as all ‘branches’ will come from this central point.

  2. CREATE MAIN BRANCHES

    Make the branches closest to the centre thicker, attached to the image and organic in shape. Don’t worry about your drawing ability; this is about getting down on paper the connections that you have in your mind, relating to the topic.

  3. MAIN SUBJECTS

    Place the main aspects of the subject on these branches. Have as many as you like, try to ensure you get everything written down.

  4. SUB-THEMES

    Branch thinner lines off the end of the main branches and add sub-themes, grouping these where necessary, or linking to other themes or sub-themes.

  5. IMAGES

    Use images instead of or as well as words wherever possible. The image or word should always sit on a line of the same length. Make the Mind Map as enticing to look at and interesting as you can.

  6. NEXT LEVELS

    Add consecutive levels of detail by adding further branches and single words or images on them. Take this as far as you need for the topic.

  7. COLOUR

    You can make each Mind Map unique and more memorable by using colour, codes, arrows and highlighting.

  8. HAVE FUN!

    Have fun and develop your own Mind Mapping style!

[i] Anthony Peter ‘Tony’ Buzan is an English author and educational consultant. Buzan popularised the idea of mental literacy and a thinking technique called Mind Mapping

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