Comparison Between Mind Map and Spidergrams

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A comparison between mind map and spidergram that helps you understand them better with examples which are free and downloadable.

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Both mind maps and spidergrams are useful in ideas clarification. If you move from the usual structure of hand written notes and start organizing your thoughts using mind maps and spidergrams, then you will make a big leap forward in improving the quality of your thinking.

Definitions of Mind Map and Spidergrams

Mind Map - a mind map is a graphical representation of ideas or topics in a radial, non-linear manner. Mind maps are used to visualize, organize, and classify ideas, making them perfect for study aids, organizing information, problem solving, writing and making decisions. From your daily schedule to your life purpose, mind map can be a great helper for you. Here is an example of mind map drawn by EdrawMind.

Self Analysis Mind Map

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Spidergram - a drawing that shows a summary of facts or ideas, with the main subject in a central circle and the most important facts on lines drawn out from it. Here is a sample spidergram (or spider diagram):

spidergram template

Common Points and Differences Between Mind Map and Spidergrams

So it is necessary that a comparison will be made between a Spidergram and Mind Map.

Typically a Spidergram has:

  1. A central image (like a Mind Map)
  2. A hierarchical structure (so does Mind Mapping)
  3. Nodes branching each hierarchical line (Mind Maps have main branches and sub-branches)
  4. A lot of phrases and sentences (Mind Mapping in its purest form will focus on single keywords)

Spidergrams RARELY:

  1. use color
  2. use curved lines (other than round the central topic),
  3. make much use of images added to the diagram,
  4. have just one or two words entries (unlike a Buzan mind map),
  5. use bubbles or boxes around nodes (see bubble diagram).

It is the above factors that distinguish the Mind Map from Spidergrams.

In conclusion, using either tool will improve the quality of your thinking and boost brainstorming but if you want to accelerate beyond the benefits offered by Spidergrams, then Mind Mapping is the next logical step.

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