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Mind Mapping Tips

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Mind Mapping Tips

 

A mind map is a visual representation or diagram of information that has a central idea surrounded by connected branches of associated topics.

A mind map is used to:

  • display connections between concepts
  • generate ideas, or
  • classify information

 

A mind map is usually a multi-colored diagram containing words and images that are connected in various ways. The information on a mind map is arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts.

 

 

Mind Mapping Tips

The following is a list of Mind Mapping Tips:

  • Use just key words or simple phrases.

 

  • Put key words and main ideas on lines, in boxes, or in circles.  This reinforces the structure of connections.

 

  • Print rather than write in script.  It makes them more readable and memorable.  Joined writing can be more difficult to read.

 

  • Use capital letters for main themes and lower case letters for sub-themes

 

  • Use different sizes and styles of lettering because the size and style of the letters provide insight into the importance and meaning of the word.

 

  • Use symbols and images as much as you can.  Pictures can aid memory more effectively than words.

 

  • Vary the thickness and length of the lines used to connect ideas and concepts.

 

  • Use shapes, circles, and frames to connect information. They are additional tools to help show the groupings and relationships of information

 

  • Provide as many visual cues as you can to emphasize important points.

 

  • Use multiple colors to separate ideas, group concepts, associate themes, and to aid in visual stimulation.

 

  • Use arrows, lines, or other cross links to show connection between different sections.  Information in one part of the Mind Map may relate to another part.  Cross-links help to see how one part of the subject affects another.

 

  • Think multi-dimensional.  Add a new dimension by drawing boxes around the word or image to add depth.

 

  • Enclose some branches of a Mind Map with circles or boxes to delineate importance.

 

  • Use your imagination and be creative.  Creativity aids memory.  Allow your thoughts to come freely.

 

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Brainstorming Mind Mapping

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Brainstorming Mind Mapping

The creative potential of mind mapping (also known as Concept Mapping) is particularly useful for brainstorming.  By presenting ideas in an intuitive, graphical, and non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to generating ideas and creating connections.

 

   

1.  Gather Supplies

  • Pens and colored pencils
  • Crayons and Markers
  • Large blank piece of unlined paper
  • Music player (optional)

 

   

2.  Find a Quiet Relaxing Location

Find a quiet relaxing place which will allow you to free your mind to help eliminate distractions.  Consider:

  • A park
  • A porch or patio
  • A back room

 


3.  Play Music to help free your mind

Soft relaxing music can help get the creative juices flowing.

 


4.  Place the central idea in the middle of the paper

Print the topic you want to brainstorm about in the middle of the paper and draw a circle around it.  Consider drawing an image or symbol that relates to the topic.  These form the center of your mind map.

 


5.  Begin Building Branches

Once you have the central idea, build branches off of the circle with related topics or ideas.  Draw a line from the central idea to the sub-idea to illustrate a connection between the ideas.  Use colors as you build the various links.

 

 

6.  Create More Branches, Sub-Branches, and Sub-Sub Branches

After you have the center circle and the first level of branches, create sub branches, and sub-sub-branches from there.  Illustrate how the ideas and branches are connected to one another.

Try to generate as many ideas as you can.  Don’t judge or critique the ideas, just get them down on paper. Don’t get stuck in one area.  If you get stuck in one area go to another branch.

 

 

7.  Consider Using Cross Links

Use cross links (arrows or lines) to connect different ideas because information in one part of the Mind Map may relate to another part.  Cross links help illustrate how some of the ideas and branches are interconnected.

 

 

8.  Review Your Mind Map

After you finish the mind map, take a few minutes to look at it.

  • What stands out?
  • Where are most of the ideas grouped?
  • Are there any gaps between ideas or missing connections?
  • Which ideas came easily?
  • Which ideas were harder to generate?
  • How excited are you about the results?

 

 

9.  Explain Your Mind Map to Someone

Sharing your mind map with someone can help you take your mind map technique to the next level.  As you talk through your ideas, new ideas will emerge.

Jot down notes next to your ideas.

 

 

10.  Redo Your Mind Map

After you discussed your ideas and noted additional, redo you mind map.  As you start to rewrite your ideas more ideas may come to you.

 

  

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Brainstorming

 

 Brainstorming

Brainstorming is an activity intended to generate new creative ideas to solve a specific problem. It is a freewheeling group discussion that attempts to find a solution by gathering numerous ideas from the participants. Because of the free-thinking environment, the session helps promote creative out-of-the-box ideas which break free from normal ways of thinking. An analysis and critic of the proposed ideas is conducted only after the brainstorming is over.

The Process

In a brainstorming session, every participant is encouraged to think aloud and spontaneously come up with as many ideas as possible, no matter how outlandish or crazy it may seem. The participants shout out ideas as they occur to them. All the ideas are noted and are not criticized or judged. Criticism and judgment of ideas are only allowed when the brainstorming session is over. This is to allow people to think outside-the-box and freely suggest any idea that may seem even remotely possible.

The purpose of the session is to obtain as many ideas as possible for later analysis. Therefore, people should build on the ideas suggested by other participants.

 

 

Mind Mapping

The creative potential of mind mapping (also known as Concept Mapping) is particularly useful for brainstorming.  By presenting ideas in an intuitive, graphical, and non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to generating ideas and creating connections. 

This approach encourages you to enumerate and connect concepts without beginning with a specific conceptual framework.  As you create a mind map, you are able to branch out in various directions and make connections between the branches.  You can further divide the ideas into more related ideas with additional lines. 

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Brainstorming – Mind Mapping

Creating mind maps helps put together information in a way that reveals relationships with new information.  You start with the basic problem as the center, and then generate ideas to obtain at a large number of different possible solutions.  You can draw lines from the ideas to other possible solutions related to your idea.  

Since it is a system that taps into the way the brain naturally functions, you find that mind mapping puts you in touch with your true creative potential, and that you can generate and organize ideas at a very fast pace.  Using color, symbols, and images also helps to stimulate imagination.

 

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Mind Mapping

 

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Mind Mapping

A mind map is a visual representation or diagram of information that has a central idea surrounded by connected branches of associated topics.

A mind map is a visual representation or diagram used to;

  • display connections between concepts
  • generate ideas, or
  • classify information

 

Inventor of Mind Mapping

Tony Buzan, the inventor of the Mind Map, asserts that Mind Mapping is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. He believes it harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, color and spatial awareness – allowing you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain.

 

 

About Mind Mapping

A mind map or concept map is usually a multi-colored diagram displayed on a large sheet of paper, containing words and images that are connected in various ways.  The information on a mind map is arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts. 

Sequence

  • It organizes ideas and information around a central theme or topic.
  • Additional ideas or concepts radiate in the form of branches from that central theme or topic.
  • The branches are created to represent connections and relationships between portions of information.
  • Branches are a reflection of the way the human brain thinks, creating associations and connection to improve memory.
  • Each branch holds a key word and/or image that are connected to the central theme. Additional ideas radiate from those branches forming a “nodal” structure.

 

 

Benefits of Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is beneficial in that it helps individuals to practice harmonious whole brain thinking that brings together left and right brain thinking. Mind Maps utilizes the left brain’s analytical functions such as words, sequencing, and association as well as the holistic and spatial right brain functions like symbols, color, and creativity.

 

Other Benefits

  • Helps brainstorm new ideas
  • Helps explore concepts or problems
  • Make it easy to organize ideas and concepts
  • Helps in the understanding of relationships and connections between concepts
  • Make it easy to communicate new ideas and thought processes
  • Helps in recall of information

 

 

Applications for Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is mainly a method for organizing information and generating ideas, but can be applied to various applications in daily life including:

  • Note taking
  • Studying
  • Brainstorming
  • Problem solving
  • Organizing and presenting information

 

Note Taking

Mind maps can be used as a very effective visual method of taking notes.  Mind maps allow for greater creativity when writing down information, as well as allowing the note-taker to associate both words and visual images with concepts.  The mind map flow allows the note-taker to write down information where it best connects to the other topics, versus the traditional linear way which forces the note-taker to record information in a linear sequential way. 

Mind maps approach and visual design also helps to enhance ideas and increase mental retention through the use of colors and symbols.  The maps have a multi-branch format, with secondary ideas branching off the main idea into sub-sections.  A mind map will have key topic lines radiating in all directions from the main topic, with sub-topics and facts branching out from them.  The visual design is similar to the way limbs, branches, and twigs extend from the trunk of a tree.

The human brain works with all five senses which help form the basis of memory.  It can be more difficult to remember information obtained through traditional note taking, since it relies solely on words and ideas to be presented in a linear fashion.  Mind maps, on the other hand, are more of a visual pictorial, thus helping associations to be made easier.  The brain makes associations in order to learn new concepts and connect them to known concepts or facts, thus using lines to connect ideas can enhance memory.  Also, since traditional note taking is typically done only in a single color, it is harder to remember information that is recorded.  Essentially, color, symbols, images, key words, associative links, and visual depiction all make a mind map much more memorable than traditional linear notes.

 

 

Brainstorming

The creative potential of mind mapping can be very useful for brainstorming.  Mind maps encourage people to generate new ideas and create connections between different ideas or concepts by presenting new ideas in a natural, spontaneous, graphical, and non-linear manner.  To use the Mind Mapping approach to brain storming, start with the basic problem as the center of the paper, and then generate ideas/options to obtain at number of different possible solutions.

The Mind Map approach allows individuals to connect concepts without forcing them into a specific conceptual framework.  The ideas often naturally flow in different directions, hence generating a multiplied of options.  Using color, symbols, and images can help to stimulate imagination and generate more creative solutions.

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