Concept maps are a graphical tool that is used to visualize meaningful relationships among concepts.
It’s used as a knowledge representation tool, meaning they basically represent the knowledge structure that we humans store in our minds about a certain topic.
The first step is to identify a topic you need to study with your concept map. This could be an idea, a question or an issue.
For example, let’s say you are interested in SEO or Search Engine Optimization.
What are the facts, ideas, concepts, themes, queries etc. that come to your mind when you think about this topic?
Note these down as you brainstorm around the topic you have selected. Remember to keep these as concise as possible.
Now it’s time to connect what you have brainstormed to the central topic and to each other. Remember, the more important the idea, the closer it should be to the top or the center.
As you identify these connections put down the linking words or phrases to indicate the relationship between the two concepts you are linking.
Once the direct connections between concepts have been identified, look for crosslinks that link together concepts from different areas or domains.
Scrutinize what you have created to make sure that you haven’t missed anything and that the relationships you have identified make sense.
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