How To Create a Mind Map For Studying

Mind maps are a fantastic way for visual learners to get to grips with what they’ve studied and allow them to structure things in a very visual manner. The end product should result in something that’s composed of a web like structure of words and ideas.

How To Create a Mind Map For Studying

A lot of people owe their positive exam results to mind maps and believe that they make learning a lot easier. So, here’s how to create one.


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What’s the focus of the map?

Mind maps are a fantastic addition and can be used for a whole array of different forms of varying things. They are ideal for revision, brainstorming, language learning, decision making, books and creative writing and research. In fact, the list of things they are useful for is endless and so people tend to increasingly use them for a myriad of things, including academic courses, work courses like First Aid and other uses too.


The best thing to do is to create a rough draft initially. This will then be added to in time during the redraft.


What’s the focus of the map? Ideally, this should be succinct and by keeping it so, you learn more about a single topic and understand more of the aspects of it through the map.


Place the topic in the middle of the page and remember that you wish to draw this topic. Only write the topic down in bold letters if there are no images.


A mind map should be the same size as an A4 sheet of paper or even less. If you wish to cover more than that size allows, then draw a master mind map as an index to smaller maps.


You now want to draw branches or lines out of the central area of the map. Be certain to keep the descriptions as short as possible and narrow the amount of words per branch as you go on. Single words or phrases should be enough to describe your choices. This sort of study aid can help with everything from end of University exams to first aid training Glasgow.

More Branches

Continue to make branches off your main and also the secondary topics. If a secondary or a main topic links in some way, draw arrows between it and the linked topic. This helps you create an idea in your mind.

New Ideas

As new thoughts come to your mind you can expand on these with different and more branches as you go along. This will result in an increasingly rich mind map.


Do this repeatedly until all you can think of appears on the map and you’ve covered as much of the topic as possible.


Now that this is done, you should then study the connections between the ideas you’ve placed on the map and also your thoughts. Try and relate these in your mind to make sure that you’ve covered and also understand all the information that is on the map.

So, now you understand how to make your mind map and can begin to use it for whatever your needs, whether they are study, brainstorming or note taking.

Derek Devlin has written for a number of study websites and is a lover of new ways to learn. He has always been someone who has taken an interest in developing themselves through education.

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