Mind Maps

How do they help?

Memory is facilitated by ideas being linked together. The more connections we can make between ideas and words the more likely we are to remember them, understand them and learn them. Mind maps provide a visual representation of the types of connections that need to be made in the brain to aid learning. They integrate the functions of the left and right brain so allowing maximum recall.

The aim of a Mind map is to:

  • Strengthen the semantic links between words
  • Improve classification and organisation of material
  • Develop memory strategies
  • Facilitate word retrieval

How to draw mindmaps:

  • As far as possible the mind map is drawn by the student
  • Pictures are important
  • Use a different colour for each branch
  • Key words should be used
  • Symbols or pictures can be stuck on

Ways of using Mindmaps:

  • Before a topic to assess prior knowledge
  • Gradually add to the mind map as different areas are discussed
  • As a whole class or individually
  • To help plan essays or projects
  • After the topic to assess the learning that took place
  • To support revision

Ref: Elklan

Mind Maps

Ref: Tony Buzan

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Last updated: 26 October 2015

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