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									MIND MAPPING 1. Mind Mapping is a technique for noting information that can be used as an alternative to traditional methods. The technique has been developed and popularised by Tony Buzan, who has written several books on the subject. WHY USE MIND MAPS? 2. Mind Maps abandon the list structure of conventional note taking in favour of a pictorial representation. A good mind map shows the 'shape' of the subject, the relative importance of information and ideas, and the way that information is inter-related. Typically mind maps are more compact than conventional notes, often taking up one side of paper. This helps associations to be made easily. Information that is acquired after the main Mind Map has been drawn can be easily integrated with minimal disruption. 3. Mind Maps can be used to summarise information, to consolidate information from different research sources, to think through complex problems and as a way of presenting information that shows the overall structure of your subject. Some possible applications are shown in the Mind Map below.

4. For people who have spatial memories, Mind Maps can provide effective mnemonics - remembering the shape and structure of a Mind Map can provide the cues necessary to remember the information contained within them. Mind Maps engage much more of the brain in the process of assimilating and connecting facts than conventional notes. Mind Maps are also very quick to review - it is easy to refresh information in your mind, at a glance, just before it is needed.

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DRAWING MIND MAPS 5. Mind Maps can be drawn free hand or with computer programs such as Mind Manager. An example of part of a Mind Map drawn on a computer is shown below.

6. To show how the Mind Map above was constructed, we have numbered the order in which lines were drawn. 7. A basic Mind Map is drawn in the following way: Write the title of the subject in the centre of the page, and draw a circle around it.

For the first main heading of the subject, draw a line out from the circle in any direction, and write the heading above or below the line. For sub-headings of the main heading, draw lines out from the first line for each sub- heading, and label each one. For individual facts, draw lines out from the appropriate heading line.

A complete Mind Map may have main topic lines radiating in all directions, with sub-topics and facts branching off from these, like branches and twigs from the trunk of a tree. You do not need to worry about the structure produced - this will evolve of its own accord. However, there are usually not more than 6 branches emanating from any particular node.

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IMPROVING YOUR MIND MAPS 8. Your Mind Maps are personal to you. Once you understand how to assemble the basic structure you can develop your own coding and conventions to take things further, for example to show linkages between facts. The following suggestions, however, may help to enhance the effectiveness of your Mind Maps:  Use single words or simple phrases for information: the majority of words in normal texts are padding - they ensure that facts are conveyed in the correct context to another person in a format that is pleasant to read. In your own Mind Maps single strong words and evocative phrases can convey the same meaning. Excess words just clutter the Mind Map, and take time to write down. Print words: joined up or indistinct writing can be more difficult to read and less attractive to look at. Use colour to separate different ideas: this will help your mind to separate ideas and helps visualisation of the Mind Map for recall. Colour also helps to show organisation. Use symbols and images: where a symbol means something to you, and conveys more information than words, use it. Pictures help you to remember information. Use shapes, circles and boundaries to connect information: these are additional tools to help show the grouping of information. Use arrows to show cause and effect

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SUMMARY 9. Mind Maps provide an extremely effective method of taking notes that shows the structure of a subject and the relative importance of facts and ideas in addition to the facts themselves. Mind Maps help to associate ideas and make connections that would otherwise be too unrelated to be linked. If you do any form of research or note-taking, try experimenting with Mind Maps. You will be surprised by their effectiveness.

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