Mind Mapping unplugged – How to Mind Map from beginning to end

Another month and another MasterClass live on-line lecture, this time on “How to Mind Map” don’t worry this is the last one for a while. I have blogged before about Mind Mapping, explaining the principles and how to draw one. So this presentation was to look in more detail as to how you should do it, starting with a text book and working through the various versions until you get to the “overview map” at the end.

Below is a note of the key learning’s from this presentation.

Steps In Mind Mapping – assuming you know nothing about the subject

1. Mind map the Contents page – identify key words

Firstly take the text book that you want to study from and find the contents page. Use the headings on this page as your guide, these should form the basis of your first map.

This will be very simple summary of the key themes radiating from a central image or word. Mentally stay away from the detail and just record the words. At this stage it is little more than black and white spider diagram.



2. Redraw the Mind Map – asking what is this chapter/section/word all about, what does it mean?

Look at the completed map and redraw, this time though just flick through the chapters looking for the main headings in the book. Notice terms that may be similar, perhaps showing that they are parts of the same topic but have been split up into two or even three chapters simply because of the amount that has to be learned. Add to the detail of the map using some of the content from the book and any syllabus guidance that may be given. At this stage you need to reduce the number of branches coming from the central theme.

3. Study each chapter

You can’t get away from this part I am afraid, you now have to study each chapter or attend a course that will prepare you for the exam. But you are doing so with some understanding as to what you will be studying and how it fits together.

4. Redraw individual chapters in colour

This is when we produce out first real Mind Map. Redraw the key topics, in colour showing how they all relate, use images and of course your imagination. Key topics at this stage may be chapters or combinations of chapters. At the end of the chapters of many study manuals there will be some questions, or at least there should be! Add these to your Mind Map so that you know which topics have been tested. This will also help direct your studies, mapping out the questions you should be doing.

5. Complete the final overview map

And finally take all of these individual Mind Maps and complete an overview map, one map that links all of the individual maps together, this will help you see the BIG picture, perfect for revision.

Hope that helps let me know how you get on….

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6 thoughts on “Mind Mapping unplugged – How to Mind Map from beginning to end

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  3. Nurgul I think the secret with mind maps is to have a go. The above article gives you some idea how to make a start but you can just look at one topic, maybe starting with the whole subject is too much. Also don’t worry about the quality of your drawing, much of the value in a mind map is in creating them and thinking about how the information relates.

    With regard to future events, I don’t have anything in the diary yet but I am sure there will be something in the not too distant future.


  4. Hello Stuart,

    Thank you for the blog, very intesting subkect. I read Tony Byzzan books on mind mapping but find it hard to use it for my ACCA studies.

    I missed you masterclass, are you going to have any this year?

    Thank you

    Best regards,


  5. I’m a big fan of mindmaps, the layout suits the way by brain works.

    I don’t know what your thoughts are on software to help create mindmaps Stuart. I’ve recently started using an iphone app called iThoughts which I find really easy to use. I can use it to plan for a meeting or something when on the train.



    • Dominic thanks for the comment and apologies for the delay in coming back. I like the idea of electronic mind mapping but some software takes away an important part of mind mapping, that is the creativity needed to come up with your own images. Selecting from a drop down box is okay but not as good as thinking what to draw and then drawing it.


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