01 November 2021
In this article, we'll show you how to use mind maps to write essays and articles. Mind maps can not only make this often gruesome task a lot easier, but they can also save you a huge amount of time.
A mind map is a diagram that visually displays information. You can create mind maps using pen and paper, or you can use an online mind map tool like MindMeister. Whatever you use, the rules for creating a mind map are simple and are described in our previous articles on mind maps.
Let's take a look at how you can use mind maps to write your essay.
Step 1: Use a mind map to find a good topic for your essay. The best way to find such a topic is to brainstorm.
How to brainstorm a mind map
Create a new mind map and simply write "My Essay" or "My Article" in the center of the map. Now start adding ideas in the center. These could be topics that your professor suggested, related topics that you discussed in class, or something else to help you get started.
Then mark your own areas of interest and see where they overlap with previous ones. When you have some good ideas for your article, you can start comparing them to each other, noting the pros and cons. Delete threads until there is only one left. This will be the topic of your article.
In the example below, the only requirement is to write an article on English Renaissance literature. You will see various famous writers of the time mentioned on the map, as well as various aspects of their work that could be explored in the article, such as symbolism, dramatic conflicts or themes.
Step 2: start the research process
Create a new mind map for each source (book, article, essay) you read and take notes in this mind map while working with the text. Alternatively, you can use a single map where you list all your sources and create branches for every page / paragraph / quote you want to use in your article.
In the map below, you will see that based on our initial brainstorming session, we chose the theme “Love in Romeo and Juliet”. For our exploratory map, we wrote this topic in the center and created separate branches for each secondary source we read.
Next to the title of the book, we wrote down the topics covered in the source, its central issue, as well as important passages that, in our opinion, we could cite in our essay.
Step 3: outline your document in mind map
Before you start writing, it is very important to have a work plan first. This will help you create a consistent structure for your arguments, counterarguments, examples, quotes, and sources that you want to refer to in each argument.
You can quickly review this outline when you are distracted during the writing process, or if you don’t know how to proceed. A mind map is a great format for such an outline because it gives you a visual overview of your thesis statement and the entire structure of the text.
Have you used mind maps to learn English yet? If not, be sure to try them for essay writing, word study, or other purposes. And the teachers of our school will be happy to check your essay, as well as improve your English skills.
Author: Andrew Shapovalov
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