Key Features, Strategies and Tools of Buzan’s Mind Maps

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Above please find a Buzan Mind Map which maps out this person’s thinking (Author Unknown) in regards to Building Learning Power.
The key features of Mind Map’s using the example above are:
  • To begin have your paper horizontally.
  • Always use a central image. Buzan (1993) notes that this central image triggers numerous associations and is astoundingly effective as a memory aid;
  • Use colours; codes, be clear, only one key word per branch, use pictures with association and make as clear as possible, connect lines to other lines, make the central lines thicker;
  • Buzan (1993) recommends that when doing your mind map to break mental blocks you should;
  • Add blank lines; ask questions; add images.
Strategies
  • Essential words are only recorded not liner note taking therefore Mind Maps save time;
  • Buzan (2003) states that all Mind Maps requires your brain to think in colours and pictures. He suggests that the brain finds it easy to remember and accept visually stimulating, multi-coloured, multi-dimensional Mind Maps not boring linear notes;
  • The Mind Map works in harmony with the brain’s natural desire for completion or wholeness;
  • Essential words are only recorded not liner note taking therefore Mind Maps save time;
  • Buzan (2003) states that all Mind Maps requires your brain to think in colours and pictures. He suggests that the brain finds it easy to remember and accept visually stimulating, multi-coloured, multi-dimensional Mind Maps not boring linear notes;
  • The Mind Map works in harmony with the brain’s natural desire for completion or wholeness.

Tools
  • Blank sheet of unlined paper;
  • Coloured pens/pencils;
  • Or if you desire iMindMap 5 which is a computer programme that steps you through the Mind Map process.