Mind Mapping


Mind mapping helps improve a process, an individual or group to think through many different issues, and simultaneously keep them all in mind. This tool creates a visual representation of many issues and helps a group get a more complete and common understanding of the situation.

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When to Use:

These diagrams have many applications in personal, family, educational, and business situations, including note taking, brainstorming (where ideas are inserted into the map radially around the center node, without the implicit prioritization that comes from hierarchy or sequential arrangements, and wherein grouping and organizing is reserved for later stages), summarizing, revising and general clarifying of thoughts.

For example, one could listen to a lecture and take down notes using mind maps for the most important points or keywords. One can also use mind maps as a mnemonic technique or to sort out a complicated idea.

Method for Mind Mapping

1- Start the map by first listing the primary objective in the center.

2- Then list the major related issues around it.

3- Each of these issues will then bring other issues to mind. Add these to the map wherever logical.

4- To improve your creativity, use symbols or photos rather than words within the map.

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Other Guidelines:

1. Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.

2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your diagram.

3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.

4. Each word/image must be alone and sitting on its own line.

5. The lines must be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they radiate out from the centre.

6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image.

7. Use colors or your own code throughout the Map.

8. Develop your own personal style of Mapping.

9. Use emphasis and show associations in your Map.

10. Keep the Map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.

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