Digital Society School

Mind map

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A mind map is a diagram used to represent a number of ideas or things. Mind maps are methods for analyzing information and relationships.



Organize information visually.



1. Write the key word of the topic/concept you want to explore in the center of a piece of paper.

2. Start exploring related topics and ideas, write down or draw these ideas by creating branches and adding the new elements on nodes.

3. Arrange nodes around the main idea, and group related ideas by using colors.

4. Make the branches thicker to show the strength of relationships within the concepts.


Discuss the different nodes and make sure there is a clear hierarchy of the items.


Visual representation of ideas that clearly displays all information gathered and how it relates to each other.


Analyse the relations between the items. Define the direction(s) to explore.


Source: Digital Society School


BUZAN, Tony; BUZAN, Barry. How to mind map. London: Thorsons, 2002.

WILLIS, Cheryl L.; MIERTSCHIN, Susan L. Mind maps as active learning tools.Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 2006, 21.4: 266-272.

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