Concept Mapping

many people have  learned to outline information as in what you see below:
  1. First item
  2. Second item
    1. sub item
    2. sub item
      1. sub sub item
      2. sub sub item
  3. Third item

Another way to do this is to mind map.  Think in terms of symbols instead of outlines or paragraphs with sentences.  Think that you are only coming up with ideas and branching out.  Look at the one below, you start in the middle, you name your favorite food and drink.  You expand even more.  You work on the ideas of concepts.  You can click on the picture to get a quick interactive video to help you understand the concept of mind mapping.


concept map is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. They are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge.  Concept maps can also be used to stimulate the genreation of ideas or what can also be called brainstorming in a creative way.  The only difference is that they are most often then not personalized and are used to communicate a more complex idea.  

Concepts, usually represented as boxes or circles, are connected with labeled arrows in a downward-branching hierarchical structure. The relationship between concepts can be articulated in linking phrases such as "gives rise to", "results in", "is required by," or "contributes to".  The technique is used for students who can visualize relationships but not write about them or organize their thoughts.  To visuallize these concepts and their results or effects is called "Concept mapping". (Wikepedia)