Learn the Use Of Mind Maps in Building Your IELTS Vocabulary

When we get familiar with a new language, we learn new words, phrases, the grammar of the language. Along with this we also pick up the vocabulary related to that topic which is very helpful for your IELTS exam.

Every topic has some kind of particular vocabulary associated with it which can be accessed in the best manner with the use of mind maps. In this article, we will come across this very useful concept of mind maps and how mind maps are helpful in building your IELTS vocabulary.

What are Mind Maps?

Mind maps offer an easy way to generate ideas and help in its organization. It also helps to generate an idea quickly on a particular IELTS topic. Mind maps making is also a great way to prepare for an IELTS exam that quickly builds up ideas in your head and language or vocabulary connected to that concept.

Let us generate a mind map!!

Take the word “IELTS”, now immediately after hearing the words IELTS lots of connected words gets popped up in your head like reading, writing, speaking, listening, modules, timing, mock tests, writing tasks, reading task.

Now if you will observe then these ideas are in scattered form you need to organize these ideas so that it becomes easier to remember. It will also help you to communicate in a better way without fumbling.

What is the connection between Mind Maps & Vocabulary?

Mind maps are difficult to construct when time is the crucial factor. But with enough practice you can quickly construct relevant questions and vocabulary related to it.

Vocabulary is related terms, phrases associated with the topic. If your vocabulary related to common topics is good enough then you can fetch higher scores in IELTS exam.

How to start making a mind map?

There is no particular format of making mind map. It comes in various shapes and forms. Some may like to make mind maps in form od lists, some might use boxes, circles, some use keywords to form a mind map.

But the most important reason behind making a mind map is to organise the maximum information regarding to that topic. Everything related to that topic whether its parts of speech i.e., nouns, pronouns, adverbs, adjective then you are going to use while speaking on that particular topic.

Tips & Strategies to make Mind Map

  • Quickly think of ideas related to topic

  • Pick up the words that best reflect your idea related to the topic

  • Practice mind maps and vocabulary with common or expected IELTS exam topics

  • Think of advantages disadvantages and opinions related to that topic

  • Use some supporting examples that will work as connectors for your topic

  • Prepare general questions that you are going to answer through your wordings

Let’s Create a Mind Map

Example 1

Think of a scenario where you have been asked about a topic-

Describe Your Family Member

Then first questions that pops up in your mind is who is that person? Also, this will be the first string of your mind map.

Now after thinking of the name of the person, you will start making mind map of what your are going to say about him/her. Some general questions will be 

  • Name of the person 
  • Occupation 
  • Person’s Behaviour 
  • Your relationship with that person
  • Some memories or worth mentioning event 
  • What makes you describe him or her only

and so many things that you can cover. This is all about generating ideas about the topic now next part that your have to cover is thinking of vocabulary related to mind map.

How to cover vocabulary part?

After generating a general idea about what you are going to cover while speaking it’s time to quickly grab the vocabulary that you are going to use while describing your family member. The vocabulary, in this case, would be words used to describe the behavior of the person like hardworking, loving, caring, kind, and so on. Apart from this while sharing your memories or some considerable events with that person you can think of vocabulary that your are going to use while describing.

Example 2

As we have mentioned earlier that there are multiple forms of making mind maps wither in shapes or points so our second example is of listicle mind maps. Some find making listing easy to form and memorise. So a simple mind map can be made in this way where your directly consider that what you are going to cover and mention in the form of the list.

Let’s take an example!

Suppose you are asked to speak on the topic your favourite holiday destination.

So, your mind map would have the list of following questions-

  • What is the name of the place?
  • Where it is located?
  • Why it’s your favourite?
  • How many times you have went to that place?
  • How was your experience?
  • What is worth exploring in that place?
  • How many days you spent on that vacation?
  • Why it is worth recommending other?

Now next task is to make a list of vocabulary words that you are going to use to describe that topic. Vocabulary according to the given example could be something like this-

  • Located in___________
  • Amazing Place
  • Unforgettable Moments
  • Memories Cherished Forever
  • Beautiful Sunset
  • Clean and Green environment
  • In the lap of nature
  • Welcoming environment

However, this is just an idea related to the topic. One can cover much more than that. After making this, you will experience the difference in timing and efficiency while talking about this topic.

Work for our Readers

After reading the importance of mind maps and some examples related to it you must understand the idea of how to create it.

Now it’s your turn. We are going to give you a list of some common and most expected IELTS topics for practicing mind map building and polishing your vocabulary skills related to that topic. Also, add new words and phrases to improve it and grab the desired IELTS band score in your exam.

  • Leisure & Entertainment

  • Employment

  • Fashion & Advertising

  • Traditions & Customs

  • Modern Lifestyles

  • Art & Music

  • Sport & Competition

  • Social Media

  • Transport

  • Travel

  • Health & Diet

  • Crime & Punishment

  • The Internet

  • Learning & Education

  • Tourism

Practice is the key to success so practice as much as possible with these given topics. Also, for sharpening your skills in other IELTS modules i.e., Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking we have came offered our candidates with Dr. Roma IELTS Preparation Course through which one can prepare for the IELTS exam anytime/ anywhere through online classes and get desired band score in their IELTS exam.

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