Mind Map

Read the text on how to create a mind map:

The propagator of Mind Maps is Tony Buzan. Mind maps are visual representations of the topics you are about to learn. They help students concentrate, remember and revise materials, after some time has passed – they save many hours of learning everything from scratch. Mind maps consist of the presentation of a topic on one sheet of paper with simple words, pictures and diagrams, often with different colors. The secret of the effectiveness of mind maps lies in the harmonious use of both hemispheres of the brain. Memorizing information with the help of mind maps triggers your activity, initiative and commitment, instead of revising materials in a passive way. Thanks to this solution, you actively work with a text, and thus automatically and more effectively focus your attention!

How to develop a mind map?

  • The first rule is to go “from general to specific” information. Draw the main point that you want to remember in the middle of the sheet of paper. Then add new ideas and important information by drawing branches. The ideas and information that you add later should be more and more specific. The map can have any number of branches. You decide how many of them you draw and how specific they are.
  • The second key rule is that “a mind map must be vivid, colorful and as visual as possible”. Use drawings (simple, funny, unusual), symbols, arrows, etc. You can use different font sizes and adjust the thicknesses of lines to the importance of given ideas. Remember also about the importance of colors, some of them can make it easier for you to remember certain ideas. Colors, diagrams and pictures stimulate your brain to act and remember things more easily.

A mind map is your individual note. This method of recording ideas is the most effective when you do it by yourself. Don’t worry if it takes you a lot of time at the beginning to create a mind map and if you feel that it is difficult. The map is your unique and special way of arranging ideas and information that you must discover yourself. However, once you discover it, your way of learning will change. And you might even discover that learning new things about boring facts is a wonderful and creative adventure.

Search the Internet for more information about mind maps, find examples of such maps. Analyze several sources of information.

Additionally, watch the video about mind maps:

Then choose any topic or topics that you have learnt recently and that you are interested in, develop a mind map about that topic according to the above guidelines.

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