Using Different Types of Mind Maps

There are many types of mind maps available online and they are also relatively easy to create yourself. Use whatever style of mind map you feel comfortable using and suits your style.

  • A brainstorming web is a very simple type of mind map that can be mapped on the computer using Word.
    • Bubbles are drawn and then text boxes are inserted into the bubbles.
    • A brainstorming web is a type of mind map that is generally more helpful in the beginning stages of research. It helps you develop ideas, but it does not organize your ideas as comprehensively as other types of mind maps.
  • The next type of mind map is another style that can be mapped out in Word or found on the Internet. It is a problem/solution organizer.
    • The first step when using this style of mind map is to state your problem or research question and answer the “what, where, when, who, why, and how” of the problem. Then you can fill in possible solutions or ideas to solve the problem statement.
    • In the last section of this mind map, you fill in the implications, results, or consequences of the solutions to your original problem or question. This style of mind map may be more helpful when you are past the brainstorming stage and have already generated ideas, but need to organize them better.
  • A KWL chart can easily developed by yourself or found on the internet. A KWL chart is used at different stages of the research process.
    • In the first column you write what you already Know about your topic. In the second column you write what you Want to know about your topic. To figure out what you want to know about your topic, ask yourself questions about what you already know.
    • Then, after you have completed research, fill in the final column with the information you have Learned about your topic.
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