Do you want to study in a more organised way or are you tired of the traditional note-taking method? Do you want to organise your thoughts and ideas in a more structured way? Well, in that case, read on to see how Mind Maps help you study better! 

What are Mind Maps?

Mind Maps are visual thinking tools that help us utilise our cognitive abilities to the maximum. We use these as a study aid to clarify our thoughts, structure information, simplify complex ideas, memorize information, and take notes efficiently. Individuals have used visual diagrams, including branching and radial maps, to map information for centuries. The term ‘mind map’ gained popularity through Tony Buzan, a renowned British psychology author and television personality. 

A colorful mind map chart featuring interconnected branches, nodes, and keywords, visually representing organized and structured information.

Why use Mind Maps to study?

You might be wondering why we need mind maps when the traditional note-taking method already exists. Well, mind maps or mind mapping can do just more than note-taking! Let’s see how useful mind maps are and how they can help you study better.

  1.  Mind maps help you to learn and analyse new concepts, comprehend and generate new ideas in a better way. 
  2. Students can benefit greatly from using Mind Maps for studying, as the format enhances information recording and creative problem-solving abilities, ultimately aiding better memorization.
  3. Mind maps are versatile tools, aiding in note-taking, planning, organizing information, creative thinking, studying, and more. They efficiently break down large topics, presenting a visual and manageable overview. This way, you can plan effectively without getting overwhelmed or forgetting something important.
  4.  Mind Maps are not lengthy like conventional notes and often take up just one side of the paper. 
  5. Unlike conventional or linear notes, mind maps are visually more attractive, enabling you to see the better-connected relationships between different ideas or concepts.

How to create a mind map?

To create a mind map, you need to start with a specific topic or central idea and then follow these steps –

  1. You need to place the central theme or main idea in the centre of the page. Placing the page in landscape orientation might be helpful for drawing purposes.
  2. You need to draw lines/ arrows/ speech bubbles/ branches as ways of showing the connection between the central theme/main idea and the other ideas that stem out from that central idea. These branches are very important.
  3. As you go on brainstorming, you can go on adding more branches from the existing branches adding more information to the primary idea till the point of completion.
  4.  The sub-branches will contain more detailed pointers or branches for overall understanding which will help you develop and elaborate on the overall theme of the mind map.
  5. Including images and sketches can make your mind map visually attractive.
A thoughtful girl contemplating the creation of a mind map as a study aid, with a pen in hand and surrounded by study materials.

A Mind Map pro tip –

You can create mind maps either on paper or on a computer using mind mapping software such as and MindMeister, enabling us to edit as we create. Check out another mind map article here for more tips!


Now that you know how using mind maps for studying can be effective, we hope you’ll try them out! If you’d like to see how mind maps can be used in a subject/ topic, book a 1:1 session with us! Our teachers at Young Scholarz can help guide students towards grasping concepts better through mind maps.