Teaching Reading: Mind mapping

Mind Maps

Mind maps are often a more memorable representation of notes than linear, sequential lists, especially for visual learners.

We can use mind maps for:

  • Note taking

  • Brainstorming

  • Aiding memorization

  • Consolidating information from different texts

  • Planning a writing task or presentation

To create a mind map,

  • Start in the middle
  • Use plenty of colors and symbols
  • Keep the text as short as possible – the emphasis is on the relationship between the ideas.
  • Be creative – it’s a personal technique.

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