Economics Study Aids - Mind Maps
ECON 2302 - Active Learning
Create your own mind maps or look for ones on the web. What are mind maps? A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches.
Guidelines for Making Your Own Economics Mind Maps
Tony Buzan who popularized the idea of Mind Maps suggests the following guidelines for creating them:
- Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.
- Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
- Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
- Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
- The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
- Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
- Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.
- Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
- Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
- Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.
"How To" Video
How to Make a Mind Map - The Basics
Why Use Mind Maps?
Mind maps can be used for:
- outline/framework design
- structure/relationship representations
- anonymous collaboration
- marriage of words and visuals
- individual expression of creativity
- condensing material into a concise and memorable format
- team-building or synergy creating activity
- enhancing work morale