LEARNING OBJECT: Mind Map for Success (English Version)

By: Susanto
Student Advisory & Support Section Head
Academic & Student Development

Have you ever heard about the Mind Map technique? For those of you who often have difficulties in learning, a Mind Map can help you in the learning process. The technique was originally introduced by Tony Buzan, a British psychologist. It is a technique that summarizes information that is easier and more effective than traditional information recording.

The Mind Map technique combines the left and right sides of the brain in processing information, by combining images, colors, and shapes. With this creative way, you will be more effective in understanding and memorizing course subjects. What are the advantages of the Mind Map method during the learning process?

Benefits for Me
The Mind Map technique has been proven to help someone remember/memorize information easier, recognize key/important information, make decisions, and plan. In addition, the Mind Map technique can increase creativity.

Here are some benefits for each person who applies the Mind Map technique:
1. It helps a presentation to be clearer and more concise (Paykoc et al., 2004).
2. It improve one’s writing skills. A Mind Map makes it easier to get ideas that are more detailed and structured (Al-Jarf, 2009).
3. It increases memory by 32% compared to conventional recording (Toi, 2009).

Instead of being curious, try to make your own version of a Mind Map.

Let’s Start!

1. Start Ideas from the Middle
Start by writing down the main topic in the middle of your paper. In addition, you can start this topic with a picture or color that is suitable with your topic, so that it triggers your mind easier to imagine the topic that you will be working on.

2. Create Branches
The next step is to let your ideas flow by adding branches from the main topic you wrote down in the middle of the page.

3. Add Keywords
For each branch, add keywords related to the main topic. Write these keywords as short and simply as possible, so that it’s easier for you to remember them later.

4. Give Colors to the Branches
You can use different colors for each branch according to your interests. The use of color will make it easier for you to remember the information that has been written.

5. Add Meaningful Visuals (Example: Picture)
The final step is to provide pictures or other visuals to help you to express information that is richer than any words or long sentences.

Come on, try your version of a Mind Map. By getting used to creating mind maps, the way you think will be structured so that it will be easier to understand a difficult subject or topic. Learning will be more fun.
Be Creative and Happy Learning! 🙂


  • Toi, H. (2009). ‘Research on how Mind Map improves Memory’. Paper presented at the International Conference on Thinking, Kuala Lumpur, 22nd to 26th June 2009.
  • Al-Jarf, R. (2009). ‘Enhancing Freshman students’ Writing Skills with a Mind Mapping software’. Paper presented at the 5th International Scientific Conference, eLearning and Software for Education, Bucharest, April 2009.
  • Paykoç, F., Mengi, B., Kamay, P. O, Onkol, P., Ozgur, B., Pilli, O., & Yildirim, H. (2004). ‘What are the Major Curriculum Issues?: The Use of Mind Mapping as a Brainstorming Exercise’. Paper presented at the First Int. Conference on Concept Mapping, Spain, 2004.


  1. For further explaination about topic, check out this video : (Part 1) https://tinyurl.com/mind-map-part1 , (Part 2) https://tinyurl.com/mindmap-part2 , (Part 3) https://tinyurl.com/mindmap-part3

  2. For claiming SAT Point, you can complete the assignment from this link https://tinyurl.com/Assignment-MINDMAP

  3. Furthermore, you may send your assignment to this link https://tinyurl.com/Upload-Assign-LearningObject

Remember, SAT point could be claimed only once for this topic, either in Indonesia or English Version.


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