Luminary Perspective

March 22, 2006

Mini-Mapping: Mind Maps for Dummies

Filed under: Accelerated Learning, Efficiency, Writing & Education — Luke @ 8:44 am

You’ve probably noticed the mind maps at the end of each post. I started out with more graphical ones that involved use of backslashes and underlines to simulate the effect of drawing on paper. I have since quit doing that, only using colons to seperate details from each other, and indentation to distinguish between them and key-points.

This makes the little mini-maps extremely easy to create. All I need to do is make a vertical word that corresponds to the topic somehow, then add key points and details on the right-hand side of it. They do not have to be linked acrossticly, just related to the subject.

I try to put at least two details per key point. If I can’t think of at least two details, that tells me that it is not much of a point. A given topic usually has at least two or three key points, as well.

M mind maps
I  connect between topic, points, details : format may vary 
N ascii text
I  no slanted text : underlines awkward : vertical topic on left
M advantages
A  easy : quick : help organize thoughts : small, to the point


  1. I’m going to have to learn to do this. It’s good.

    Comment by Fyara — March 24, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

  2. Thanks Fyara! I really like these little maps 🙂

    Comment by Luke — March 25, 2006 @ 1:01 am

  3. I read some of the posts and I think it is a great blog. Sometimes I can’t help but surrender to my volatile flame I have a nice fresh joke for you people) How can you have bread if you are on a liquid diet? Drink a toast!!

    Comment by smoonogaumE — October 30, 2008 @ 5:10 am

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