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How to Make a Concept Map

How to Make a Concept Map
Have you ever found yourself awake at night, worrying about how to make a concept map? Oh good, neither have we. Concept maps are actually pretty simple. All you have to do is . . . Exactly. And with Lucidchart, it's a cinch to make one.


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Concept Map

Concept Map

In concept maps, concepts are most often depicted as circles or boxes joined by lines or arrows containing linking words to show how ideas are connected.




Concept Map Guide

Concept Map Guide
  • Select a drawing medium, i.e. pen and paper or online software for the task.
  • Create the main concept. Find the central idea that connects to all other ideas on your map.

  • Identify key concepts and list them on the page as briefly as possible.

  • Organize shapes and lines, in a hierarchical format, most general ideas at the top, most specific ones at the bottom.

  • Fine-tune the map. Ask yourself:  Does every element fit well in its place or is there a better position for this idea?




The Mind Map

The Mind Map

It's an interdisciplinary strategy where a student or group build(s) of a single concept or idea: a drama, an element in chemistry, a biography, a vocabulary word, an event in history, a com...

Using labels in Mind Mapping

Teachers can use mind-maps as a review exercise, a formative assessment, or an interim assessment tool, by providing students individually or in groups with printed labels and asking students to organize the information in a way that shows relationships.

The Outline/List

Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.

Pros: it records content relationship in a way tha...

The Sentence Method

The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line. 

Pros: Is like free writing for notes.

Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.

Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.

SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review)

  • Skim the material for bolded text, images, summaries, to produce a list of headlines;
  • Each headline is then written in the form of a question;
  • Record your “answers” to the reading questions under each corresponding header;
  • Once you’ve finished reading the text, write a summary of the material from memory—this is the “recite” part of the process. 
  • Finally, review your notes to make sure you’ve completely grasped the concepts.

Works for: dense written material.

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Tony Buzan -Inventor of Mindmapping

Normal linear note-taking and writing will put you into a semi-hypnotic trance, while mind mapping ..."

Tony Buzan -Inventor of Mindmapping

Blank mind map template

This is the default starting point for any mindmap.

Simple mind map template

Mind maps can become quite expansive and elaborate. To simplify, start with a simple mind map template.