Picture this

Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 10 November 2020
"advanced-mind-mapping-study-skills-mind-map" by jean-louis zimmermann is licensed under CC BY 2.0

What kind of learner are you?

Do you prefer images, colours and pictures to reading blocks of texts? Do you enjoy following maps & have a good sense of direction? (I've heard such people exist.)

Then you could be a visual learner. If so, then creating mind maps may be a useful tool to help with memorization and taking notes.

What is a mind map?

It can be a powerful graphic technique for organizing ideas & making connections.

How to mind map

Begin with the main idea/concept in the middle of the page. This could be a word or an image.

Add branches containing only the key words. The most important should be closest to the main idea.

As you explore these topics add more branches and connect them to your central topic with a line.

Add images & colours; vary the thickness and length of your lines. 

What are the benefits?                                                                                                   

This process can clarify your thinking and visually make connections between concepts & ideas that you may not have otherwise discovered.   

Also, it’s kinda fun!         

And as Picasso once said “all children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”             

For other ideas on memorizing for exams click here:


Need more help?  Contact: learningskills@holmesglen.edu.au