How to make great mindmaps

Create mindmaps to help you get the bigger picture without losing sight of the detail.

Why make mindmaps?

Mindmaps are diagrams with a central starting point that you add branches to.

They can show you the connections between different elements of a topic, providing a big picture without losing sight of the detail. They’re particularly recommended for visual learners.

Tips for making great mindmaps

  • Mindmaps are useful for essay planning as well as revision – put the title 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 are easily changed and developed
  • Use mindmaps to give you the overview of a topic or subject and then make cards to provide the detail.

How the TSR community uses mindmaps

Mindmapping 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

How to create your mindmaps online

You can use our mindmap tool to create a helpful revision aid in just a few minutes.  Add links to other resources, images and as many branches as you like. When your creation is finished you can print it out and display it.

Find inspiration from other students in our Resource Library, which contains thousands of mindmaps covering every aspect of every subject. Look out for the ones that have five-star ratings and are recommended by teachers.

To find even more revision tools, go to the resources hub.

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