How to Use Mind Maps to Improve Reading Comprehension

Mind Maps

Mind Maps

A Mind Map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those

Why You Should Use Mind Maps

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

  • students recognize relationships  that they couldn’t recognnize otherwise.
  • Provides a clear overview of the topic.
  • enhance memory because you are using mental triggers such as colors and images.

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
  • Be creative – it’s a personal technique.

How to Create a Mind Map Online

  1. is a popular website that you usually use to create images for blogs and social media, they also have the option to create Mind Map, here it is one that they promote in their website
  2. is another great option but  you have the option to create 3 mind maps for free and then you have to pay around 5 dollars a month for a premium subscription, you can give a try and if you think you are gonna use the tool regularly, you can subscribe, $5 won’t lead you to bankruptcy
  3. Coggle has a similar offer to in which you can create up to three mind maps or diagrams for free
  4. With Creately, you can create up to five Mind Maps which you can share publicly
  5. GoConqr is a tool  that most people recognize as a tool to create and take quizzes on your computer or through your app, they also offer the option to create mind maps.

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