When it comes to writing assignments, many students struggle with generating ideas, coming up with beginning sentences, and even developing supporting sentences. It seems that the initial start of the paper can feel stagnant and difficult which ultimately leads to procrastination and discouragement. Sometimes the challenge is just getting started and then everything flows well after, or it can be difficult throughout the entire process. In any case, mind mapping is a very useful tool for brainstorming fresh, new ideas, providing the structure for the content of the paper, and equally important, igniting a spark in the student so writing feels fun and enjoyable.
The great thing about mind mapping is that students of all ages can use this tool. MindMaple has a straightforward user interface. It has the structure in place for beginners and a lot of room for creative freedom for more advanced users. There are many features and colors available for students to maximize their creative potential and write their best paper possible.
Here are the steps students can take to use mind mapping for writing assignments:
Step 1: Begin with a central topic. Usually, this will be the assignment topic given by the teacher or created by the students. From there, create floating topics around the central topic with ideas that just seem to pop up. They may appear random but just allow the ideas to flow and put them on the map. Make sure at this point to refrain from drawing branches. This step is just floating topics for free thinking.
Step 2: This step is for filtering the floating topics and deciding which ones to use for the paper. The narrowing of the floating topics will begin to bring clarity and structure for how the paper will be written.
Step 3: This is the step where branches are drawn to show relationships between topics and set up the structure for the paragraphs of the paper. Students can also begin to use the colors and features to make the map more effective and pleasing to the eye.
Step 4: Now students can begin to pull topics and subtopics from the map and create the initial and subsequent sentences for the paper.