Mind mapping is a tool you can use to develop a research question or topic you want to explore in greater depth. After doing more research on your topic, your thesis statement will help you talk about specific points you're exploring in your paper.

It allows you to construct an overview of the topic so that you can see its complexities more clearly and identify relationships between different aspects of the topic. There are many online tools that allow you to use mind maps for analysis.

When you are first brainstorming a new idea or researching a topic, you don’t know what ideas you are going to come up with. As such, it’s hard to plan a layout for the information in a typical report format. A mind map allows you to free yourself from a predefined structure and lets the ideas grow as you develop them, ensuring that you don’t lose track of your thoughts.

It is a visual tool for structuring thoughts. It can be used on an individual or team basis and results in a hierarchical diagram of everything that has been included in your research. The diagram is focused on a single element, where it is discussed, ideas are written down, spreading outwards from the original focus. This spreading and recording of key ideas help trigger further ideas and results in their natural grouping.