Mind mapping is a simple, powerful, and problem solving tool. It is a non-linear way of organizing information and a technique that allows you to capture the natural flow of your ideas. Mind mapping is an important technique that improves the way you take notes and enhances your creative thinking. By using mind maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject and the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes.
Mind mapping involves writing down a central idea and brainstorming new and related ideas that radiate out from the centre. By focusing on key ideas written down in your own words, and then looking for branches out and connections between the ideas, you are mapping knowledge in a manner which will help you understand and remember new information. Mind Maps provide a structure that encourages creative problem solving, and they hold information in a format that your mind will find easy to remember and quick to review.
The idea of mind mapping is very similar with concept mapping. However, the mind map is based on radial hierarchies and tree structures, whereas a concept map is based on connections between concepts. To learn more about mind mapping, you may want to watch a video shown below about mind mapping with Tony Buzan, a British popular psychology author, who has popularized mind mapping.
There are many software available for creating mind maps. However, I like the Web-based mind mapping software that allows teachers and students to create and access mind maps online without installing any software. Many of these services are free. Here is a list of free online mind mapping tools: