The O in M:O:A:T stand for organisation.

3 Visual Tools to add a new dimension to you thinking .

  •             The Mind Map
  •             The Concept map
  •             The Flow Charts




1 : A shorthand note taking tool for the visual spatial thinker
2 : A brainstorming and collaboration tool
3: A planning and documentation tool that provides a visual overview


Mind maps , Bubble maps , Spider diagrams .Maps in the generic form are an excellent tool for note taking and brainstorming .
When the information is coming at you really fast you should substitute mind mapping for traditional note taking .

Mind maps are both verbal and visual .Information is organised spatially . Use of Images/ideograms encourage you to engage with the subject matter on a deeper level .

Maps are excellent tools for compressing information , the spatial organisation visually draws you attention to the gaps in your knowledge . If you are a visual thinker then you you should learn mind mapping .

To map it like Tony Buzan creator of mind maps start at the center , use colour and images . Links between keywords are curved and organic . The maps are nonlinear and radiate out from the center of a page .

The keyword heading nearest the center are general . As you branch outwards the key phases become more specific .



” Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships between concepts indicated by a connecting line linking two concepts.

Words on the line, referred to as linking words or linking phrases, specify the relationship between the two concepts -NOVAK”

A concept map should always start with a focus question.



Use of flowcharts and time lines at an early stage of any project can help the visual thinker order and sequence tasks and actions .

Optiona Exercise – 5 minutes time limit

Q —

On a single A4 sheet of paper quickly create a map on any subject ?