mind mapping - approachable

What is a “MIND MAP ?”
A mind map is often created around a
single word or text, placed in the
center, to which associated ideas, words
and concepts are added.
Mind map is a diagram used to represent :
 words,
 ideas
 tasks,
 or other items linked to and arranged
around a central key word or idea.
 Mind maps are, by definition,
“A graphical method of taking notes.”
Their visual basis helps one to
distinguish words or ideas, often with
colors and symbols.
Mind maps are used to :
classify ideas,
 an aid to studying
 organizing information,
 solving problems,
 making decisions, and writing
Mind maps have many applications in
 personal,
 family,
 educational,
 business situations,
note taking
brainstorming stages
 to sort out a complicated idea.
 outline/framework design
 individual expression of creativity
 condensing material into a concise and
memorable format
 team building creating activity
 enhancing work morale
Cognitive maps
(also known as mental maps, mind
maps, cognitive models, or mental
are a type of mental
processing composed of a series of
psychological transformations by
which an individual can acquire, code,
store, recall, and
decode information .
Cognitive maps have been studied in various fields,
such as:
 psychology,
 education,
 archaeology,
 planning,
 geography,
 architecture,.
Tree Structure
 It is named a "tree structure" because
the classic representation resembles
a tree, even though the chart is
generally upside down compared to an
actual tree, with the "root" at the top
and the "leaves" at the bottom.
 Mind maps can be drawn by hand, either as
"rough notes“
during a lecture
 Mind Mapping is considered as the best
technique that encourages us to use
association and imagination.
Mind Mapping was invented by Tony Buzan
in 1960s,.
According to Tony Buzan
 it is a thinking tool - a creative and effective
means of thinking that literally maps out
your brain.
 .
 Mind Maps are an ideal tool to use as a
memory improvement tool,
 not only that it is extremely simple but
it can have an immediate impact on
memory, creativity and your ability to
Tony Buzan’s guideline:
 In his books on Mind Maps Tony Buzan suggests
using the following guidelines for creating Mind
 Start in the center with an image of the topic,
using at least 3 colors.
 Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions
throughout your Mind Map.
 .
 Select key words and print using upper
or lower case letters.
 Each word/image is best alone and
sitting on its own line.
 The lines should be connected, starting
from the central image. The central
lines are thicker, organic and thinner as
they radiate out from the centre
 Make the lines the same length as the
word/image they support.
 Use multiple colors throughout the
Mind Map, for visual stimulation and
also to encode or group.
 Develop your own personal style of
Mind Mapping.
 Use emphasis and show associations in
your Mind Map.
 Keep the Mind Map clear by using
radial hierarchy, numerical order or
outlines to embrace your branches.
A long list of boring information can
be turned into colorful, memorable,
highly organized diagrams that reflect
the brains natural way of thinking and
encourages synergetic thinking.
General /quick guideline
 A quick guide - how to make a Mind Map:
 1. Gather all
the information you need - your research, an
array of colored pens and a large blank piece of paper.
2. Draw a simple image or symbol to represent your
central idea in the centre of the page.
3. Think of the main points or topics of your Mind Map,
radiate your key topics of the central image as branches
adding a key word that represents that topic.
 4. Now explore your main branches with sub-branches
/ thoughts. Add single words to each sub-branch. Let
your ideas flow freely, adding a new branch for each
5. Use your colored pens and add images to make your
map vibrant and exciting.
6. Alternatively, you could produce your Mind Map
using the new and exciting Mind Mapping software
that has recently become available,
 Once you have created your Mind Map you
will notice that instead of having pages and
pages of boring linear notes you have a single
page that contains all the key points that you
need to remember. You will instantly see the
connections and links between different ideas
and thoughts and can help you quickly gain
insight into the big picture as it represented
on the piece of paper in front of you.
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