The Ultimate Learning Tool: The 7 Simple Steps to making Mindmaps

Unleash the creativity of your brain!

Do you want to unleash your creativity?

Do you want to plan and remember better?

Do you want your students to study faster and more efficiently?

Do you want them to develop their cognitive skills?

Do you want them to see the ‘whole picture‘?

Do you want to them to be better in brainstorming?

Do you want to teach them how to organize and clarify their thinking?

Then read on.

Mindmapping is a learning tool developed by Tony Buzan.

The beauty of mindmapping is that it is a brain based tool, meaning it works in line with how your brain works.

Using it in the classroom will transform your classroom into a creativity hub!

Tools needed to make Mindmaps:

1) Blank unlined paper

2) Colored pens and pencils

3) Imagination

Here are the 7 simple steps to making mindmaps. You can try it yourself first before orienting your students how they can use it. After that, you model on how to use it.

Showing samples of mindmaps will also help them have a better understanding of it.

7 Steps to Creating a Mind Map

1) Start in the Center of a blank page turned sideways.

Brain Science: This allows your brain to naturally expand to other ideas.

2) Use an Image or Picture for your central idea.

Brain Science: Your brain loves pictures!

3) Use various colors in your mind map.

Brain Science: Your brain loves colors!

4) Connect your main branches to your main image and then connect your second and third level branches in order.

Brain Science: Your brain works by Association.

5) Use curved branches

Brain Science: Your brain prefers curved lines to straight lines.

6) Use only one key word per line

Brain Science: Your brain can generate more associations and connections.

7) Use images in your mind map

Brain Science: Your brain loves images!

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For more information on mind maps, purchase Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Handbook.

If you want to see a video tutorial on mindmapping, watch this  youtube video.

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Argee Abadines
Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are pedagogy, higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He is also the founder of Bruner Learning Hub. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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