Study With Soph | How I Make My Mindmaps!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for my Study With Soph series, and I’m bringing it back today with a post I’m super excited to share with you all – it’s how I’m making my mindmaps!  If you know me, you’ll know I love to use mindmaps to revise from; they’re bright and colourful, they have all the key info in the right places and they’re so great for subjects with loads of content like history and science (I use mindmaps mainly for these subjects).  If you want to see the types of mindmaps I recommend for revision, then check out this post from a while ago, where I chat through ordinary mindmaps and black and red ones!

Before I start on the post, here’s a list of all of the posts in this series if you haven’t read them yet!

How to get motivated to revise

Study With Me!

Revision Q&A

Two Ways To Mindmap

The Best Revision Methods

My Favourite Revision Resources


I’m focusing on normal, content mindmaps here as opposed to black and red mindmaps which I’ve discussed before (I use them closer to exam season!).  Below is a mindmap I’ve created for the Hungarian Uprising, which is part of my Cold War history course.

I’ve chosen a colour scheme for the mindmap, and used my purple mildliner throughout.  This is a messier mindmap, not my nearest, however remember; your revision doesn’t have to be neat, you’re supposed to be learning from it, not getting excited over the aesthetics!  Anyway, I used a purples mildiner and a zebra Z-grip pen (medium nib), which is my favourite pen – it’s so comfy!

I start out with my title in the middle, and I draw a bubble.  I then do arrows off to any other titles in relation to the topic, and write my info around them with further smaller arrows.  I like to use arrows between concepts to link them, or arrows away from one piece of info to develop on it.  I highlight the titles in the same colour as my mildliner.  I used the Stabilo Boss Pastel Purple highlighter for key dates and info around the mindmap.

It’s important to paraphrase on a mindmap, otherwise you’re pointlessly writing out information you don’t need.  I base mine off textbook pages, but I don’t actually copy every word. I usually go through and highlight the important bits before hand, and read the whole page to ensure I understand the content before I start writing about it.

When I’m doing a mindmap, I like to use lots of colour. I tend to stick to a couple on the same colour scheme for history, because that’s just how I like to visualise it. However, for subjects like geography, biology and other sciences, I go crazy with the colour as it helps memorise it really well. Sometimes I use A4 paper, other times I use A3 – it all depends on what I’m doing. You can see some more examples of my mindmaps below!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post/found it useful – even if it’s just the pictures for some study inspo! My GCSEs are in 50 days now (eek!) so I’m going to be revising loads more, meaning content for my blog will be less, but also probably more revision themed!

Soph xx



  1. March 28, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Great post! Those mind maps look amazing! I wish my handwriting was as nice haha! 🙂

    • March 28, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Haha my handwriting isn’t that nice, but thank you! Xx

  2. March 28, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    Girl I’m hopefully starting uni in September so I will most definitely be needing these tips!xx

    • March 28, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Oooo that’s so exciting! I can’t wait to read about it😂x

    • March 28, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      I’m glad!🌸

  3. March 28, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    I love your study posts! This is really helpful and I will definitely use this as study inspo.

    • March 28, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      Aw thank you! X

  4. March 28, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Those are really cute 💕

    • March 28, 2018 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks 💛💛

  5. March 28, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    I hardly did much revision for my GCSE’s purely because i had no motivation but when i did a little bit of it, mindmaps helped so so much x

    • March 28, 2018 / 11:09 pm

      I’m hoping to get a lot done, even though I’m super lacking on the motivation front😅
      I agree, they’re really useful x

  6. March 28, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    I used to plan my exam answers with little mind maps in the exam paper 🙈 but that way, if I ran out of writing time, they might see things in the mind map that I didn’t get down! xx

    • March 29, 2018 / 8:03 am

      That’s a really good idea! X

  7. March 30, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    I love mindmaps, yours look gorgeous! Good luck for your GCSEs – you will be totally fine xx

  8. March 31, 2018 / 9:32 am

    I never use mindmaps but I will definitely try them out to see if they help me with revision xx

    • March 31, 2018 / 10:55 am

      They’re very useful

  9. March 31, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Your mind maps are SO PRETTY!!! I love the pastels and your handwriting!! Btw I have a friend whose handwriting is very similar to yours! 😝
    Just curious, are you right or left handed?

    Loved this post!!!!! 🦄💛

    • March 31, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      I’m right handed! Thank you so much Ana x

      • March 31, 2018 / 7:33 pm

        Yay like me!! 😂😂 No problem!!!!! 🦄🦄💛

  10. busybusylearning
    April 2, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Great share of your mind maps. Takes me back to doing my revision – wish mind maps were a big thing then. It was all about little cue cards when I was doing my exams. Good luck.

    • April 4, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      haha! I still use loads of little cue cards to make my notes on and quiz myself with! Thanks for reading 💛

  11. April 3, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    This is awesome, I definitely want to start using mindmaps more often. I feel like they’re more fun to make then to copy every single word and help focus on what’s important! Thanks for sharing!
    love, elena

    • April 4, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      They’re really fun to make! Let’s you get really concise notes too which is more useful for the exam x

    • May 31, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!😊

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