Luminary Perspective

March 18, 2006

Mind Mapping

Filed under: Accelerated Learning — Luke @ 7:26 am

This should really be called Topic Mapping. You take key points and connect them visually to the main topic, then connect details to each point. Usually done on paper, you can find creative ways to do this.

Each person develops their own style. Plain text is not quite so flexible as writing on paper. Several programs for mind mapping have been developed, such as GnuThink and FreeMind. However, I still prefer plain ascii text.

To make a mind map, I type the a word for the main topic in vertical style. Then I write key points horizontally to the side of the topic. Then I add details for each key point.

T - Main Topic
E    : left side : vertical : short
X - Key Points
T    : horizontal : longer : different parts
M - Relevant details
A    : horizontal : descriptive : connected to points


  1. I used to use freemind but have gotten out of the habit. Lots of people around here use MindManager whish is not free software.

    Comment by Micah — March 18, 2006 @ 8:00 am

  2. Yeah I never got into using freemind (mainly because java-written stuff feels wierd to me) but once I figured out how to make these little ascii-based ones it seems to come very naturally. I should probably try the programs again too now that I’m actually into the habit of using mindmaps. (They’re actually kind of fun 🙂 )

    Comment by Luke — March 18, 2006 @ 11:32 am

  3. Interesting. You know… just recently I’ve developed my own “Mapping Techniques” I guess you could say. Organizing your thinking is a must, and once you have categories and whatnot, you can make relations and so forth to come up with complex solutions, ideas, etc…

    Comment by Eliot Wasmund — March 19, 2006 @ 6:59 am

  4. Exactly. I think this is a majorly important thing. It’s actually a lot like plain old-fashioned outlining (at least the way I do it), but less formal and maybe more room for creativity.

    Comment by Luke — March 19, 2006 @ 8:25 am

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