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What is a Mind Map?

A Mind Map is a visual thinking tool that can asisst memory, learning, creativity and analysis.The Visual organiser  maps out your thoughts using keywords that trigger associations in the brain to spark further ideas.

Mind Maps can be drawn by hand or using software programs such as Inspiration or Xmind. When creating a Mind Map, there are several elements to consider including the map’s central image, branches, colours, keywords and images. Lets take a look at these now…


Steps to creating a Mind Map


Step 1. Create a central idea

The central idea is the starting point of your Mind Map and represents the topic you are going to explore. Your central idea should be in the centre of your page and should include an image that represents the Mind Map’s topic.

Step 2. Add branches to your map

The next step is to add branches. The main branches which flow from the central image are the key themes. You can explore each theme in greater depth by adding child branches.

Step 3. Add Keywords

When you add a branch to your Mind Map, you will need to include a key idea. An important tip in Mind Mapping is using one word per branch.

Step 4. Colour code your branches

Mind Mapping encourages whole brain thinking as it brings together a wide range of  skills from logical and numerical to creative and special.

Step 5. Include Images

Images have the power to convey much more information than a word, sentence or even an essay. They are processed instantly by the brain and act as visual stimuli to recall information. Better yet, images are a universal language which can overcome any language barrier.



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