2 What is a concept map?A concept map is a technique used to organize information or thoughts.
3 Why create concept maps? Concept maps allow you to organize lots of information into a form that is easily understood.Concept maps allow you to visualize connections within the information.Concept maps provide you a way to organize your thoughts onto paper.
4 When do I create a concept map? Whenever you need to organize information - this can vary from person to person.If you find concept maps useful, then use them. If you find them confusing, modify them so they become useful to you - asking questions can help you with this process.
5 How do I create Concept Maps? Step 1Start by placing your Main Idea in the center circle or graphic.
6 How do I create Concept Maps? Step 2Make a list of all possible items you want to include in your map.Highlight all of the Large Topics.Place the highlighted topics in circles around the center circle or graphic.Draw lines to connect each of the Large Topics to the center, Main Idea.
7 Step 2 looks like this: Large topic Large topic Large topic
8 How do I create Concept Maps? Step 3List the Subtopics that are part of each Large Topic.Place these Subtopics into the next set of circles or graphics out from the Large Topic they are related to.Draw lines to connect each of the Subtopics to their Large Topic.
9 Step 3 looks like this: subtopics Large topic Large topic subtopics
10 How do I create Concept Maps? Step 4Check the connections on your map. If you think something should be in a different place, move it.Make sure you have at least two Subtopics for every Large Topic listed!!
11 What if I don’t get it?If you are having problems, try working in reverse.Start with the most specific information and divide it into broader topics until you reach the center circle.If you are still having problems, ask for assistance.