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A Brainstorm, also known as a Mind-map, is a diagram used to map associated ideas, words, images and concepts together.
Brainstorms are typically used as a tool for idea generation, finding associations, classifying ideas, organising information, visualising structure and a general aid to studying. Brainstorms are often used at the initial stage of a project and work as a form of note-taking. They can also be useful in collaboration work and team-building morale.
The structure of a Brainstorm is as follows: major categories extend out from a central node. Lesser categories branch out of the major ones as subcategories, which can also develop their own related subcategories.
Here's a simple guide to creating a Brainstorm:
1. Start in the center of a page and write the title of the project or topic by encapsulating it in a shape (typically a circle or cloud).