This system can be used alone or with the Cornell System. Mind maps show the relationships between ideas in a visual way. It helps you think and organize from general to specific.
- Have plenty of room on your paper, even using 11x17 inch sheets if possible, though standard notebook paper can be used. Turn the paper sideways.
- Write the main concept in the center of the page. Circle it.
- Concepts related to the main idea are written on lines radiating outward from the center.
- Write only key words, no lengthy sentences.
- Use shorthand, abbreviations, symbols and images, different colors, and keywords.
- Subtopics may also have points radiating out from them.
- When the lecturer moves on to another main topic, begin a new mind map on another page.
- Jot notes that help you see relationships between mind maps on the edges of your paper.
Mind Map, Ex.1