AN INTRODUCTION TO MIND MAPPING

Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 01-18-2014

Mind Mapping is a flexible and easy-to-learn skill! Often used as a way to get new writing projects started, it helps you generate ideas and encourages you to organize your thinking right from the word go.

Note that Mind Mapping can also be used for small and big projects. The difference is in how much detail you add to it!

A MENTAL PICTURE

Imagine a tree in winter, after it's leaves have fallen off. Notice that its biggest, thickest branches break off from the trunk — and that those branches then break off into smaller and smaller branches! A good Mind Map shows connected ideas in much the same way!

WHAT'S NEXT???

1.   Here are a few things you should have (and do) to set the stage for successful Mind Mapping.

2.   I recommend that you review these step-by-step directions before you start a new Mind Mapping session — at least until you've mastered this strategy!

3.   Click on the images below to take a close-up look at some very good examples!