• Mindmaps

    Published on 22-03-2016 11:22
    Making a mindmap can show you the connections between different elements of a topic, providing a ‘big picture’ without losing sight of the detail.

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    Mindmaps are diagrams with a central starting point that you add branches to – you can add more branches to take the map as far as you like.

    With TSR’s mindmapping tool you can make a basic mindmap in a few minutes. Links to other resources and websites can be added and there are a great range of colours to choose from. You can add images to help you remember key ideas. When it’s finished you can print it off and display it.

    It always helps to look at other students’ mindmaps. The TSR Resource Library contains thousands of mindmaps covering every aspect of every subject, which you can find here. Many of the best have five-star ratings and are recommended by teachers.

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    How TSR members use mindmaps

    ‘Mind mapping is best for visual learners and it's fun making them colourful and bright. If you're not a visual learner, they’re probably less helpful.’
    ‘I normally make a mindmap by drawing a cloud/bubble in the middle of the page, write the main idea here, then draw singular branches off it and then add smaller branches.’
    ‘I like to add small sketches/doodles to my mindmaps and then stick them up around my bedroom.’
    J Nalbandian14

    Tips for making great mindmaps

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    • Mindmaps are useful for essay planning as well as revision. The title should be at the centre with the key themes branching off.
    • Use different colours for each branch of the mindmap.
    • Making mindmaps online is helpful as they can be changed and developed really easily.
    • Use mindmaps to give you the overview of a topic or subject and then make cards to provide the detail.

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