This is a very effective way of representing large amounts of information in an attractive, easily-remembered way. You may have used "spider diagrams" - which are very similar.
To make Mindmaps more memorable:
|Use doodles, pictures and diagrams||Use different colours||Use different styles of writing||Use humour (cartoons) etc.||Design your own (don't just copy other people's)|
The example below will help you see how a Mindmap is built.
The following books are very useful:
"The Mindmap Book" by Tony Buzan with Barry Buzan
BBC Books ISBN 0 563 37101 3
"Accelerated Learning in Practice" by Alistair Smith
Network Educational Press ISBN 1 855 39 048 5
Click here if you want to jump to the next Memory page (Body-pegs)
|Write the title (or topic) in the centre of the page - and illustrate it.||
This mind-map was intended for use on the PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL page of this website - so its topic is me.
I used a brain as my central symbol because the name of the website is BRAINBOXX.
|Draw "branches" to represent the main sub-divisions||
I chose various aspects of my life as the "sub-divisions".
These first branches are coloured red.
|Sub-divide these to add more detail ...||The next layer of sub-divisions show more detail - and are coloured blue.|
|... and even more detail.||The green level shows even more detail.|
|Add pictures, diagrams and cartoons to make your map more memorable||My pictures may be simple but they add a certain "je ne sais quoi".|
Other Mindmap examples on this site
"The Mucklewhites" (rhyme)
If you are thinking of introducing Mindmapping into your classroom,