-The founder of
Mind Mapping (Tony Buzan)
A mind map is a diagram used to represent
words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around
a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize,
structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem
solving, decision making, and writing. Mind
Mapping is internationally recognized effective learning method
Uses of Mind Mapping?
Mind maps have many applications in personal, family, educational, and
business situations, including :
1. Notetaking, brainstorming (wherein ideas are inserted into the map
radially around the center node, without the implicit prioritization that
comes from hierarchy or sequential arrangements, and wherein grouping
and organizing is reserved for later stages),
2. Summarizing, revising, and general clarifying of thoughts. One could
listen to a lecture, for example, and take down notes using mind maps
for the most important points or keywords.
mnemonic technique or to sort out a complicated idea. Mind maps are also
promoted as a way to collaborate in color pen creativity sessions.
Mindmaps can be drawn by hand, either as 'rough notes' during a lecture
or meeting, for example, or can be more sophisticated in quality. Examples
of both are illustrated. There are also a number of software
packages available for producing mind maps.