Here we show you how to make a spider diagram mind map step by step. The best way to learn is to try it for yourself. So when you've read this through, try doing it for yourself. Find something you need to plan or make notes about. Keep our example by you for guidance. You can print out a blank spider diagram to start with, but note, you may have to add more boxes or cross some out.


How to make a mind map:

1. Put your main topic in the centre box. This could be:

·      the main aim of your letter, i.e. to write to your local MP about recycling rubbish

·      the title of your essay or report, i.e. The evidence for global warming

·      the title of an article you're writing, i.e. The Production Department's trip to France.




2. Now divide up your main topics into sub-topics. For example, the letter to the MP may have the following main points that you want to raise:


·      the amount of household rubbish

·      unnecessary packaging

·      materials that can be recycled

·      marketing recycled materials


You can give each sub-topic its own colour. Not only does this make your diagram easier to work with, it comes in very useful later when you start collecting together the information you need. You can mark everything to do with a particular topic in one colour; or you can keep all the information to do with a topic in a matching colour file.




3. Now you can divide up the sub-topics. For example, under 'materials that can be recycled' you could consider separate items such as paper, glass, oil etc.



4. You can even sub-divide further. There isn't room on our diagram for this. But, if you make your mind map large enough, then you can go on subdividing until you have included everything you're going to write about.


You can use an A3 size pad to do this. But if this is a bit large, you can re start your mind map on another page. For example:

If you want to sub-divide the section titled High Street campaign, start a new page like this.


This is particularly useful if you are using mind maps to make notes in meetings or talks where desk or knee space is limited.

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