How to create a mind map

Mindmap or how you can structure learning content

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Memorize content about a certain topic better with a visual aid called a mind map

What does mindmap mean in translation?

Translated from English, mindmap means memory map or memory map.

What is a mind map?

A structured and pictorial representation of content on a particular topic. For this you have to divide your topic into individual subtopics. Creating a mind map is called mind mapping. The pictorial representation is also called visualization.

What you can use a mind map for?

A mind map is used to stimulate the creative thinking process. This creative thinking process is also called brainstorming, literally translated "brain storming" or "brain storming". Brain-tear.

You can use the map for presentations, lapbooks as well as for learning specific content. The advantage is that the content is organized in such a way that you can get an overview without having to read a lot.

This makes it easier for you to repeat content.

How to proceed with mindmapping?

Write your topic in the middle of your sheet of paper. You can also add a picture to the topic or just present it as a picture.

What do you think about the topic??

Collect everything you can think of on your topic.

How can you structure the topic (form groups)??

Summarize the key points you have found into categories. Assign the individual key points to your categories.

Write the categories around your topic.

Connect your topic with lines to the categories. These lines are also called branches. Your topic is the trunk of the tree from which the branches branch off.

What do you think about the categories?

If you can think of further details to a key point? No problem. You can also further subdivide the key points. Write additional information to your key point, which you connect with lines to the key point. So you know exactly where the information belongs to.

See z.B. in the category: Tools. This is further subdivided into paper and pencil and software programs.

You don’t have to do it systematically when you add to it. You can always add just where you think of something.

How can you further emphasize certain points?

Numbering is also possible.

You can use colored underlining or outlining to further emphasize certain categories.

How can you further enrich your mind map?

Self-drawn pictures, graphics or photos enrich your mind map and can make it clearer for you on certain levels. But be careful: If your mindmap is already too branched, you need to find a good balance between text and images to not overload the map.

Which possibilities do you have to create a mindmap??

To create a mind map you can either use paper and pencils or different online tools. For the air example (see air gapbook) I used the free mindmapping tool FreeMind. At you can download it.

But beware: When you use online tools, you need longer than when writing with pen and paper. This can limit your creative thinking process.

I like to create my maps on paper first and then transfer them to an online tool. I print the result and add new ideas to it if necessary.

How does a sample mindmap look like??

Here you can find a very simple sample mind map. This clearly summarizes the procedure for mind mapping.

Mindmap on the topic Mindmap

No mindmap looks like the other. Everyone can categorize and assign certain points differently. So don’t be surprised if someone creates a mindmap on the same topic as you but it looks completely different from yours.

More examples by topic

  • Mindmap on the topic of air:
  • Mindmap on the topic of air

Is there also a possibility to work on a mindmap in a team??

Coggle (external) offers you the possibility to create mindmaps in a team. This mindmapping tool is available in different variants. The basic version is free.

Miro (external) is another great tool to work with mindmaps in teams.

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