Mind map rules
Rule number one: there are no rules. Rule number two: be creative. Rule number three…
A mind map equals freedom, so basically you can design your map any way you want. But there are a few pointers which are nice to know to make a more effective map. You can still make maps in your own way, if you like – after all, it’s you who is going to use them.
1. rainbow – make the mind map colorful. Choose colors that look nice together, if possible rainbow colors, happy colors, dynamic…
2. central image – draw a central image which represents your topic (it’s easier to remember pictures)
3. draw lines flowing out of the center – these are your main topics. They are going to split in more branches (representing subtopics and single ideas) as you progress with the mind mapping
4. that’s the key – write out keywords on the branches – it’s recommended to use just one keyword per line. It should represent the idea well for you (not necessarily what the textbook authors say)
5. draw more pictures – for best recall draw as many pictures as you can, which will remind you of the subtopics or ideas. They don’t have to be pretty, colorful is good, but the most important thing is that they remind you of the thing you want to be reminded of…. What? :) they should be useful. If you want you can also use them instead of the keywords .
Mind maps engage your whole brain in the memorizing and note-taking activity, therefore they are a lot more effective than linear notes. Even if your first tries are not as pretty as you hoped, they are still going to be efficient maps for the memorization and management of your knowledge.