Mind Mapping: A Powerful Approach to Brainstorming and Note-Taking

Ever tried to revise for a test and realised your notes make no sense? Mind mapping is a super easy system that helps you take detailed notes without stressing about structure.

It makes revision a breeze and means you can follow along in class without missing anything.

What is mind mapping?

Mind maps are diagrams that organise information visually. Instead of making lists and scribbling long notes, information is arranged around a single concept – usually an image or word at the centre of a page.

You might have used the technique in school and not realised how useful it would be later. Or if you’re new to mind mapping, welcome to the best thing that’s happened to study since online lectures.

How mind mapping is relevant to Health and Community Services courses

Like any human-centred subject, Health and Community Services courses are not always linear and logical. Lessons often explore how several related topics explain a central theme.

Taking notes in a diagram means you can make links between information, colour-code related ideas, and see the full picture (literally) in front of you.

How to mind map your lessons

Let’s run through a theoretical lesson to see how mind mapping works. We’re studying a Certificate III in Community Services and today’s lesson is Managing Stress in the Workplace:

Start with the central theme

In the middle of the page, represent the lesson theme somehow. Most people will write the words and/or draw a picture that makes sense to them.

Topic 1: Personal stressors in the workplace

Ok, so the lecturer has launched into the first topic. Write the topic heading somewhere on the page but leave enough room below/around to take notes. Take down notes around the heading in a way that makes sense to your personal organisation system.

Topic 2: Signs of stress

Moving on to the second topic, repeat what we just did by writing the new heading somewhere else. When the lecturer touches on related points (like specific signs of personal stressors) you can link them back to topic 1:

  • Use coloured highlighters
  • Draw a * in different coloured pens
  • Use symbols like * ^ # @ to link related topics


With visual cues and detailed notes working together, study sessions are suddenly more productive. You’re not just revising the information but reinforcing a deeper conceptual understanding of the topic.

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