I must Create a System, or be enslaved by another
William Blake 1757 - 1827 English
Directing your thinking series
Basics of mind/concept mapping
Many of us have learned to outline information in our studies, as:
sub sub item
sub sub item
Alternatives to outlining are mind- and concept-mapping.
How do I map? First reject the idea of an outline,
or of paragraphs using sentences.
Think in terms of key words or symbols that represent ideas and
Other options for mind-mapping:
a pencil (you'll be erasing!) and a blank (non-lined) big piece of
a blackboard and (colored) chalk
Write down the most important word or short phrase or symbol for
the center. Think about it; circle it.
Post other important concepts and their words outside the circle
Edit this first phase Think about the relation of
outside items to the center item Erase, edit, and/or shorten words to key
ideas Relocate important items closer to each other for better
organization If possible, use color to organize information Link
concepts with words to clarify their relationships
Continue working outward Freely and quickly add
other key words and ideas (you can always erase!)
Think weird: combine concepts to expand your map or; break boundaries Develop
in directions the topic takes you--not limited by how you are doing the map
As you expand your map, tend to become more specific or detailed
Set the map aside Later, continue development and revision
Stop and think about relationships you are developing Expand the map over
time (right up to an exam if necessary!)
This map is your personal learning document It combines
what you knew with what you are learning and what you may need to complete
Note the descriptive links for the arrows for
"evapotranspiration" and "condensation"
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