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What is a concept map?
- A graphical way of organizing your thoughts and showing how concepts are related or different.
- A diagrammed series of "nodes" consisting of linked topics (core concepts) and subtopics (which include examples and evidence for the topics).
- A series of connections labeled by cause/effect, relationships and inter-relationships, differences, or hierarchies.
What are the benefits of using a concept map?
- An active learning strategy that helps you to think critically.
- A good way of learning about how you learn.
- A one-page representation of important ideas.
- A method of promoting a richer understanding of knowledge.
- A way to visualize gaps in knowledge and areas of oversimplification, contradiction or misinterpretation.
When should I use a concept map?
- Reviewing for exams.
- Conceptualizing processes, systems, and relationships.
- Brainstorming, organizing concepts, principles or arguments.
- Identifying mistakes and areas of confusion.
- Surfacing and assessing prior knowledge
- Generating questions and answers from a reading or writing assignment
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How to Create a Concept Map