Introduction to Mind Mapping
Mind Mapping is graphical way of making notes using patterns, colours, images and keywords that will make the information to be better organized and structured. Mind Mapping is an effective method for brainstorming, creative thinking, problem solving, organizing of information and note taking.
It is a technique which is suitable to be used for all languages and subjects. It is useful for students who are pursuing in higher learning, where there is a greater need to summarise and simplify their learning in a form that it is easy to learn.
Imagination and creativity is the key when creating Mind Maps. They help to coordinate all the relevant key information is a structured manner. Mind Mapping is easy to understand; hence it helps to tap our brain, while at the same time releasing our brain potential and also aids in improving our memory.
There are laws of Mind Mapping which serve as a guide to draw the Mind Maps effectively.
Below is a summary on the five laws of Mind Mapping followed by a hand drawn Mind Map to summarise all the points.
Five Laws of Mind Mapping
1st Law – Paper
To draw out a Mind Map, the most suitable type of paper to be used is a plain paper which has no lines or pictures on it. If there are lines or pictures on the paper, it may distract you with the subject, topic or issue that you are focusing on.
The paper should be plain white, with a smooth texture. The texture of the paper also plays a part, because if we choose a paper which is glossy, recycled or uneven, the pen ink that we use may get smudged easily, which will in turn make the Mind Map look unattractive and messy.
Before starting to begin on drawing the Mind Map, start by placing the paper in a ‘landscape’ direction. This is to allow more space for the secondary branches to be stretched out in a right-left-upwards-downwards manner. If the paper is placed on a ‘portrait’ oriented way, it may not have that much space as...
References: 1) Tony Buzan™ Use Your Head – Innovative Learning And Thinking Techniques To Fulfil Your Mental Potential, BBC Active
2) Unisim COR154 videos – Brain Functions, Science of Mind Mapping, Creativity and Innovation
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