Written By Arhama Gufran

Are maps helpful?

For a grade six student the answer would be an obvious NO; however if the same question is asked to a cartographer then he/she would say maps are our lifelines. Our work is defined by maps. But why? I guess it’s because maps are simple, easy to understand and last but not the least they are precise.

Imagine your black and white coloured textbooks (with the help of whom you won’t miss the company of 70’s black and white T.V). If you have to read a page with the condition that you have to remember the
important aspects just by reading at once, then how many of you can do that? On the other hand if you have been given a simplified diagrammatic version of the same, will you be able to answer then?

Here comes mind maps into picture.
Mind mapping is a creative and logical means of note-taking and note-making that literally maps out your ideas. All mind maps have some things in common.

1.They have a natural organizational structure that radiates from the center and use lines, symbols, words, colors and images according to simple, brain friendly concepts.

2.Mind mapping converts a long list of monotonous information into a colorful, memorable
and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain.

One simple way to understand a mind map is by comparing it with the map of a city. The city
center represents the main idea. The main roads leading from the center represent the key
thoughts in your thinking process; the secondary roads or branches represent your
secondary thoughts and so on. Special images or shapes can represent landmarks of
interest or in particular relevant ideas.

The great thing about mind map is that you can put ideas in any order as soon as they
come; then worry about reorganizing them later 🙂


1.Think of your main theme and write it down at the center of the paper.
2.Draw branches and write down the clues related to the theme
3.Branches can be re broken into sub-branches that is the clues can have more
classifications so the reader have to work accordingly.
4.Color pencils can be used instead of pens.

What are the biologically proven benefits of mind maps can be a topic of another blog.

Till then, What’s the need of giving our brains so much load when mind maps make our work so

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