How To Do Concept Mapping?

Concept maps are a powerful tool for identifying relationships among ideas you learn in class. Understanding these relationships and depicting them visually can help you learn course material at a much deeper level and retain it better, too.

Concept maps are highly personalized and provide an opportunity to organize course material in a way that makes the most sense to you. The main point is to end up with a diagram of all of the important ideas from your class, with terms you add that describe how the ideas are connected to each other. You can also take help of an online tool from

By presenting ideas in a radial, graphical, non-linear manner, concept mapping encourage a brainstorming approach to planning and organizational tasks. Though the branches represent hierarchical tree structures, their radial arrangement disrupts the prioritizing of concepts typically associated with hierarchies presented with more linear visual cues.

While building a concept map, every concept or idea is put inside a box (usually a rectangle shape.) These boxes are called nodes in concept mapping. Ideas and concepts should be as concise as a word or a short phrase.

This orientation towards brainstorming encourages users to enumerate and connect concepts without a tendency to begin within a particular conceptual framework.