CONCEPT MAPPING

Facilitating the process of Learning and Understanding

A graphic display to aid the process of learning and represent knowledge.

A concept map is a graphic organizer that will help to:

  • Enhance the process of brainstorming and generating new ideas.

  • Encourage new discoveries and propositions that connect them.

  • Make it easier to communicate thoughts and ideas more clearly.

  • Merge old concepts with new/updated concepts.

  • Promote the desire to gain enhanced knowledge and provide clarity of understanding.

LET'S GET THE BRAINSTORM GOING!


  • Start with a main idea, thought or subject.
  • Identify a focus question -- ie., what needs to be solved; OR, what is the conclusion that is trying to be reached.
  • List out key concepts that connect to the main idea.
  • Rank the key concepts -- 1) The most general, inclusive concepts come first. 2) Then link to smaller, more specific concepts.
  • Use shapes such as circles or rectangles to contain the supporting concepts.
  • Connect the concepts; use linking phrases.
  • Use cross links to connect concepts in different areas of the map.

LET'S GIVE IT A TRY!!

Trees have great importance in our everyday life, providing the world with many benefits.

How do trees support the environment?

Let's start with a list of some concepts related to trees:

  • Oxygen, which relates to Humans, Plants, Animals.
  • Wood, which relates to Houses, Paper, Furniture.
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ENJOY GREATER SUCCESS

Utilize Concept Mapping to achieve greater learning results throughout your college journey!
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John O'Connor

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