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Academic Skills

Visual Plans

Mind/Concept maps; spider diagrams. This kind of plan gets all the main ideas down on a page with key words and phrases round the central question

You can order your ideas by numbering, or colour coding. This method is flexible and creative, so is good to use first even if you like to order your points in linear form afterwards. If you’ve never used a mind map before or have tried and failed, it is worth looking at the Open University site on the topic at

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