A mind map is a graphic technique developed by the British researcher Tony Buzan in his book "Using Your Mind" in 1972. It is used for taking notes, exchanging ideas, solving problems, and planning projects. It is used to clarify the links between many ideas or pieces of information. So that each idea or fact is written, and then linked using lines or curves with its primary or secondary idea, which will form a network of links and relationships.
Steps to making a mind map
The main topic is written on a blank piece of paper in one short, clear word, whether it is a problem to be solved, a decision to be taken, an idea to be developed, or a project to be clarified.
Add branches for related ideas
Lines, straight or curved, are drawn out from the main idea, and the first ideas that come to mind when thinking about the central idea are written at the end of this line.
Add sub-branches for more related ideas
Other branches can be added to the branches emerging from the main idea, and these can include the points that prompted the person to think about this topic, what connection it has with the main idea and writing these ideas next to each sub-idea related to it.
Repeat step two and three
The person can repeat the second and third steps if he needs more ideas about the chosen topic, and the branches are usually added to the first level in a clockwise direction.
Benefits of using mind maps
There are many benefits to using mind mapping technology, including:
- Encourage the person to expand his thinking and make his way of thinking more creatively.
- Provide a general idea about a large or broad topic, and allow the person to explain it more concisely.
- Allowing a person the opportunity to plan and make choices about the source of materials needed for a particular task, and where these materials will be placed.
- Provide a more attractive shape, pleasing to the eye or the mind to look at.
- Achieve higher levels of focus, creativity, organization, and communication.