Mind Maps were devised by Tony Buzan in the late 60s They concentrate on key words and visual images, making them quick to produce and very brain-friendly. They are good for all sorts of purposes, including revision, planning, brainstorming. Being non-linear, they make it easy to link and cross-reference different aspects of the map. I produced the map below to help me get to grips with the fascinating aspects of Our Brain. The Site Map page is an interactive example of a mind map, produced using MindManager Smart software. Such software can be very useful, but one should recognise the advantages of hand-producing a map, which gives full reign to the individual's mind. There is much to be said for a plain sheet of A3 or A4 and a set of brightly coloured gel pens.
The advice below on how to mind map is adapted from Peter Russell's web siteHow to Mind Map
You may also find it useful to visit Tony Buzan's site. He gives good advice on Mind Mapping, and has written numerous excellent books on getting the best from Our Brain.
Our Brain - promoting brain-friendly learning
Bryn Evans 2003