The amount of information we have to deal with in our every day life is increasing at an exponential rate. To retain and communicate all the necessary information more easily, it is essential to arrange it in a comprehensive and clear structure. Properly organized information can be understood and memorized with less effort. Representing information adequately helps generate and assess new ideas and discover new creative pathways.
An effective technique for visual knowledge representation is mind mapping. Mind mapping allows structuring thoughts, questions and project objectives to form a “map” which can be easily reviewed and memorized. Mind mapping makes the thinking process visible, showing the key ideas, different problems and milestones, and the way they are related to each other. Being extremely “brain-friendly” method, mind mapping can be used in any aspect of human life, ranging from learning and reviewing information to strategic planning and complex project managing.
To create a mind map, choose the main topic or idea which will be the central notion of the map. It can be represented by a key word or an image. All the basic ideas should be placed on the branches connected to the main topic. Other important facts and details can be added to the branches, so that the mind map expands in a radiant fashion.
Creating a mind map is a kind of brainstorming exercise. When working on a mind map, let your ideas flow freely, without much consideration about the structure and hierarchy. This allows you to capture all the details related to the topic. You can always reorganize the map items to form a specific hierarchy later.
Mind mapping is a powerful, yet flexible way to visualize information. It encourages creative thinking and helps summarize and share large amounts of information much more easily.
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