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Mind-Mapping Method for Note Taking

Mind Maps are visual diagrams with lines and pictures that represent ideas and the relationships between ideas.

Mind Maps are great, not only for taking notes, but also for brainstorming and planning.  This style of note taking is effective because it is a fast and efficent way of getting down branching ideas with one or two words, not lengthy explanations.  The use of pictures, color, and creativity is encouraged.  Mind mapping is about the process of creating the diagram as much as it is about making studying easier.

To create a Mind Map, first put the main idea in the center of the page.  Then branch supporting ideas off of this main ideas.  Further branch supporting ideas into more specific details.  You can continue branching until ideas are fully illustrated.

Mind Map Example

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