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Basics of mind/concept mapping

| Thinking | December 8, 2011

Many of us have learned to outline information in our studies, as:

  1. First item
  2. Second item
    1. sub item
    2. sub item
      1. sub sub item
      2. sub sub item
  3. Third 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 words:

Other options for mind-mapping:

    • a pencil (you’ll be erasing!) and a blank (non-lined) big piece of paper
    • a blackboard and (colored) chalk
    • “post-it” notes

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

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