Mindmaps, developed by Tony Buzan, are an effective method
of note taking and useful for the generation of ideas by associations.
Mindmaps gather ideas in the same manner as the brain works associatively
as well as linearly - comparing, integrating and synthesizing
as it goes. We use mindmaps for homework and in-class exercises.
1. BRAINSTORM: To make a Mindmap, you start in the center
of the page with the main idea, and works outward in all directions.
This is the brainstorming. You branch out in all directions with
any and all ideas that come into your head being careful not to
eliminate or judge any at this point.
2. ORGANIZE: After viewing all the ideas you created
with your brainstorm, you create a new mindmap by organizing those
ideas into relationships producing a growing and organized structure
composed of key words and key images.
Key features are:
Key Words & Visual Symbols
Visual Memory - Print visual symbols and key words, use color,
symbols, icons, 3D-effects,arrows and outlining groups of words.
Center - Every Mindmap needs a unique center.
3. WRITE SUMMARY PARAGRAPH: Include a summary paragraph
that explains the concepts and organization in your mindmap.