A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal
key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range
of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour
and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.
In so doing, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses
of your brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where
improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance.
Originated in the late 1960s by
Tony Buzan, Mind Maps are now used by millions of people around the
world – from the very young to the very old – whenever they
wish to use their minds more effectively.
Here is Tony Buzan talking about
Similarly to a road map, a Mind
Give you an overview
of a large subject/area.
Enable you to plan routes/make
choices and let you know where you are going and where you have been.
Gather and hold large
amounts of data for you.
Encourage problem solving
by showing you new creative pathways.
Enable you to be extremely
Be enjoyable to look
at, read, muse over and remember.
Attract and hold your
Let you see the whole
picture and the details at the same time.
HOW TO MIND MAP
1 Turn a large A4 (11.7" x
8.3") or preferably A3 (16.7" x 11.7"), white sheet of
paper on its side (landscape), or use a Mind Map pad.
2 Gather a selection of coloured pens, ranging from fine nib to medium
3 Select the topic, problem or subject to be Mind Mapped.
4 Gather any materials or research or additional information.
5 Start in the centre with an unframed image – approximately 6cm
high and wide for an A4 and 10cm for an A3.
6 Use dimension, expression and at least three colours in the central
image in order to attract attention and aid memory.
7 Make the branches closest to the centre thicker, attached to the image
and ‘wavy’ (organic). Place the Basic Ordering Ideas (BOIs)
or the 'chapter heading' equivalents on the branches.
8 Branch thinner lines off the end of the appropriate BOIs to hold supporting
data (most important closest).
9 Use images wherever possible.
10 The image or word should always sit on a line of the same length.
11 Use colours as your own special code to show people, topics, themes
or dates and to make the Mind Map more beautiful.
12 Capture all ideas (your own or others’), then edit, re-organise,
make more beautiful, elaborate or clarify as a second stage of thinking.