Make an Effective Mind Map
Edraw Mind Map is an effective freeware which used to represent notes, memory, learning, think creatively, associate ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.
A professional version Edraw Max can create more drawing types and enhance
your creativity, improve the business and make connections that you might not
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Use Single Words or Simple Phrases
Many words in normal writing are padding, as they ensure
that facts are conveyed in the correct context, and in a format that is pleasant
to read. In Mind Maps, single, strong words and short, meaningful phrases can
convey the same meaning more potently. Excess words just clutter the Mind Map.
Using Mind Map Shapes Effectively
Topics do automatically connect when you drag them from the
Mind Shapes library. So you need not to connect topics one by one. To begin,
drag a Mind Shape out onto the drawing page. The smart guide will show like the following image.
You can type the text on the face of this mind map symbol
to refer to something that makes sense for your business.
Adding Images to Your Mind Map
In Mind Map, images behave in much the same way as mind map
symbols do. You can insert a picture from file folder or use the clip art in Edraw
library to get a clear picture of your workload and view each task objectively.
By dragging the picture to a mind shape, the picture will be added into the
shape like a symbol. This is an excellent way to add visual impact to your
Add Tables to Your Mind Map
Surprisingly, Edraw Mind Map even lets you create tables.
It's an important function for users to do a statistic for mind
To insert a table:
- Move the pointer to select the number of rows and
columns that you want, and then click.
- Click Insert Table, and then enter a number in the
Number of columns and Number of rows lists.
- To add text to the table cells, click a cell, and
then enter your text. After you enter your text, click outside the table.
Illustrates a Special Relationship Between Topics
Information in one part of a Mind Map may relate to
another part. Here you can draw lines to represent the relationship. This helps
you to see how one part of the subject affects another.
The Insert Relationship tool illustrates a special relationship between two topics or subtopics in your mind map using an
Association line which appears as a dashed line between associated topics.
Use Better Layout Mode
For a mind map, Edraw contains an amazing depth of
features. Using an Arrangement Direction sub-menu within the Mind Map menu, you
can even make changes of topic layout by one click. You can also change the
connection style to arc, line, elbow or curve. The following image changes a map
to Hierarchical layout.
Create Separate Mind Map and Link Them Together
A good way to avoid a too big mind map is to create a
separate Mind Map with a main topic on a new page. Then build subtopics from the
main topic and use the hyperlink to navigate. With the Edraw software, you can
even copy and paste topics between different page as you schedule them to be
done so that you are left with a clear picture of what is left to do. There is
no need to start again or re-draft your maps so you can save even more time.
How to Link Mind Map
Collapse and Expand Mind Map Topics
You can show and hide the topics of different levels in
your additional map using the Expand and Collapse buttons. It's very effective
for the big size mind map.
Exporting Mind Map
Edraw can export mind map diagram to:
Graphic format: transparent *.png, *.bmp, *.jpg, *.svg.
Document format: *.doc, *.docx, *.pdf.
Web page: *.html.
Data format: *.cvs, *.xls, *.xlsx, *.txt.
How to Draw a Mind Map
Mind mapping (or
brain-storming diagram) involves
writing down a central idea and thinking up new and
related ideas which radiate out from the center. By
focusing on key ideas written down in your own
words, and then looking for branches from and
connections between the ideas, you are mapping
knowledge in a manner which will help you understand
and remember new information.
Look for relationships - Use lines, colors, arrows, branches or
other ways of showing connections between
ideas generated on your mind map. These
relationships may be important in
understanding new information or in constructing
a structured essay plan. By personalizing the
map with your own symbols and designs, you will
be constructing visual and meaningful
relationships between ideas which will assist in
your recall and understanding.
Draw quickly on unlined
paper without pausing, judging or editing
- All of these things promote linear thinking
and the idea of mind mapping is to think
creatively and in a non-linear manner. There
will be plenty of time for modifying the
information later on. But at this stage, the most
important thing is to get every possibility into the mind
map. Sometimes, it is one of those obscure
possibilities that may be the key to your
knowledge of a topic.
Write down key ideas- Some students find that using capital letters
encourages them to get down only the key points.
Capitals are also easier to read in a diagram.
You may, however, wish to write down some
explanatory notes in lower case. Some students
do this when they revisit the mind map at a
later date while others write such things as,
assessment criteria, in this way.
Put the main idea in the center - Most students find it useful to turn their
page on the side and do a mind map in
"landscape" style. With the main idea or topic
in the middle of the page this gives the maximum
space for other ideas to radiate out from the
Leave lots of space - Some of the most useful mind maps
are those which are added over a period of time. After
the initial drawing of the mind map you may wish
to highlight things, add information or add
questions for the duration of a subject, right up
to exam time. For this reason, it's a good
idea to leave lots of space.
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