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Study Skills Development08.09.11 Rakesh Patel Marta Ulanicka
What is a Mind Map? A pictorial representation of information and an alternative to linear notes. A mind map will contain a central concept (or the ‘topic’) in the centre with branches to related concepts, which in turn branch off to provide further detail.
How to create a Mind Map… Use blank paper, turned sideways (landscape). Start in the centre with an image and/or word that represents the topic of the mind map. Choose the keywords or images that will represent your main themes and put each one on a line that is connected to your topic in the centre. Branch off from the main themes with points represented by keywords or images. Put each word or image on its own line. Make the words and images larger in the centre and smaller further out. Make the lines the same length as the word or the image. Keep the lines thicker in the centre, thinning out towards the edges of the mind map. This helps to show the order of your material.
… or in Mind Map terms: image from www.mind-mapping.co.uk/make-mind-map.htm
Relevant software: Inspiration Start -> All Programs -> CFS Software 2 -> Select and remove software. Install from the list and load via the same route.
Relevant software online MindMeister Bubbl.us Online mind mapping software with a range of options. With the basic account you can:
Very simple online software for designing brainstorming diagrams. With the free account you can:
create up to 3 mind maps
If you use online software Remember to save and back up your work.
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