Your brain is like a sleeping giant
Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Mapping
and expert on the brain, memory, speed reading, creativity and
What is Mind Map
A Mind Map is a visual form of
note-making that can be done
either individually or as part of
A mind map is a diagram used
to represent themes of
understanding linked a central
key word or idea
What is Mind Map
A Mind Map is a powerful graphic
technique which provides a universal
key to unlock the potential of the
The Mind Map can be applied to every
aspect of life where improved learning
and clearer thinking will enhance your
WHY YOU SHOULD REVISE
Your short term memory can only
hold 7 bits of information at a timerevision helps reinforce your learning
to help you prepare for your exams.
Within 30 days, we only remember
20% of the information learnt
Without revision you will have
wasted 2 years of your entire life!
The need for Mind Mapping
Unless you train your memory it is
likely to get worse over time, not
Retention is the art of storing new
information or skills.
Recall is the art of retrieving it
when you need it.
Mind Map :
mind for more
Understanding Vs. Remembering
Understanding something is not sufficient
to remember it.
Mental associations are also necessary
Mind Mapping reinforces understanding
and gives a visual framework for
organizing ideas and making associations.
Compact notes improve recall
o Learning without note taking forces you
to go back and review from scratch.
o Taking extensive notes provides too
much information and too few memory
o Mind Maps store everything you need on
one page, and encode the information in
memory-rich nuggets for easy recall.
Benefits of Mind Maps
• More friendly brain .
• The brain is capable of processing
hundreds of images a second.
• The organisation reflects how the brain
remembers, linking facts/memories
• Easy to review
• The process of creating a mind map
Mind Maps are useful for:
Brainstorming individually, and as a group.
Summarizing information, and note taking.
Consolidating information from different
Thinking through complex problems.
Presenting information in a format that
shows the overall structure of your subject.
Studying and memorizing information.
How To Mind Map (1 of 4)
Take a blank piece of paper, A4 or larger
◦ Pre-drawn lines can restrict us!
Use the paper in landscape orientation .
Start in the center
Make a central image that represents the
topic about which you are writing/thinking
Use at least three colours
Keep the height and width of the central image to
about two inches
Allow the image to create its own shape
How To Mind Map (2 of 4)
The main themes (Basic Ordering Ideas)
around the central image are like the
chapter headings of a book
Print this word in CAPITALS or draw an
Place on a line of the same length connected
to the central image
The central lines are thick,
curved and organic - like the
trunk of a tree
Usually about 3 – 7 themes
How To Mind Map (3 of 4)
Start to add a second level of thought
which are linked to the main branch that
Connecting lines are thinner
Words are still printed but may be in lower case
Add third, fourth, … levels of data as
thoughts come to you
Use images as much as possible
Jump around the map as different thoughts come
How To Mind Map (4 of 4)
Add emphasis to important points on the
Outline whole branches of the map as you
Maybe put a box around a point
Try using colours here
The colours can be used to show connections
Make your maps a little more beautiful,
artistic, colourful, or imaginative
Be humorous and have some fun!
Key features of mind maps
The process starts around a central idea or
Key themes are established through
branches with sub branches
Key terminology is used
Single words or phrases
Themes are connected through colours
Images reinforce meaning
It allows you to freely associate and link