Mind mapping is seen as a powerful tool for study, work and personal projects. Using either a pen and paper or digital method, the technique encourages creativity and, according to mind mapping inventor, Tony Buzan, lets us use our brains naturally, in the way we are supposed to use them. There are many uses for mind mapping - here are just a few for study purposes:
Breaking down a task
Breaking down a task entails chunking it into a number of more manageable parts
Circle the task in the centre, and use the branches of a mind map to outline a series of small tasks, helping to reduce the mental strain of tackling a complex task.
Brainstorming allows us to get ideas out of our heads
Centre the topic on the page and then quickly jot down all your ideas on that topic. The mind map format will help you capture your ideas as you freely express them and reach the full scope of the topic.
Planning involves selecting and ordering ideas and deciding on a suitable structure for your work
Begin with your key topic in the middle of the page and then branch out and number your ideas to rapidly assemble a plan for your work. Add detail to your points using smaller branches.
Revising encompasses using a range of techniques to retain information
Write down the topic you want to revise in the centre, and then use the mind map format to note the points to remember; then practise recalling the info at regular intervals onto a blank page, while still using a mind map.
These are just four ways that mind maps can be used for study purposes. They can of course be easily adapted for work and personal pursuits.
Mind mapping taps into the natural way that the brain works, allowing us to study creatively and intuitively.
I'd love to hear how you use mind maps for study, work or personal use.