Mind mapping

Learn to use a visual presentation for your note-taking and study.

What is mind mapping?

Mind mapping involves creating a diagram in which ideas, concepts or images are linked together around a central core concept. It can be used during lectures or presentations, and even while you are reading or watching a video.

How does it work?

  • Write down the main topic (central core concept) in the centre of a blank page.
  • Add keywords or short phrases about your topic.
  • Use lines to show relationships and links between different keywords or phrases.


  • Your mind map can easily get cluttered so be conscious of how you allocate space.
  • You can also use different colours or graphics or symbols to illustrate your ideas or show connections.

How can I use mind maps?

  • To take notes during lectures or from your readings.
  • To plan your essays or research.
  • To help you revise for test and exams.
  • To help you learn or understand a complex topic.  When you break a topic down into different aspects, it can simplify and clarify information.

How can I make a mind map?

Create your mind map on paper or try an online tool like Miro, Lucidchart or Mindmeister.

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