Boost Your Learning with Mind Maps and Concept Maps: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Teachers
Anyone involved in the world of education knows this well: mind maps and concept maps are among the most valuable allies for teachers and students. These summary tools indeed make it easy to process and memorize assigned material, reducing the amount of energy spent preparing for various school tasks.
Over time, the opportunities offered by concept maps have led education experts to develop different types that can meet all kinds of needs: from brainstorming for a thesis to using a compensatory tool for simple memorization; there's truly something for everyone!
In this article, we will cover:
5 examples to explore
Before showing you five different examples of maps, let's clarify the main classification that distinguishes maps: on one hand, mental maps, and on the other hand, concept maps. Their characteristics, which we have already explained in dedicated articles that you can consult for details, can be summarized in a simple table that highlights the differences:
A guide to making original connections across disciplines
The first type of map we present to you is the mental map, ideal especially for creating original connections because it stimulates cross-disciplinary insights – also helping to connect different subjects. This model associates word nodes and brief concepts with images in bright colors, so that the visual memory is stimulated to have new ideas as well as to remember the connections traced during the study phase.
As you can see, the structure is that of a typical mental map, while the layout style is the base proposed by Algor Education: the different colors that characterize it are designed to catch the eye and the visual memory, helping the individual's creativity. There are no words on the connecting arrows, because the goal in this case is to make the reading of the map as immediate as possible.
A hierarchical approach to memorizing key concepts
Another example of a map for studying is the concept map, with a tree structure that favors hierarchical relationships between various concepts. Using this type of functionality can help students focus on the concepts to memorize, promoting a less creative but more efficient study approach in preparation for an assessment (both oral and written).
By using the white node style, you can make the text more visible, while still remaining within the colored boxes that help mentally divide the various components of the topic to study. Especially when printed, these concept maps prove extremely useful because they allow the use of highlighters and other materials as desired for optimal studying on paper.
The two-level tree concept map for visually sparse and essential learning
Similar to the functionality just explained but with some slight modifications is the two-level tree concept map. This type of concept map allows for a visually very sparse layout, composed only of words and arrows. The absence of frames aims to reduce the final result to what is truly essential, allowing the student to focus on the various aspects to be memorized without creating a clear division between the different areas.
Exactly as in the previous case, here too the possibilities for customization during the memorization of concepts are greatly enhanced. In addition to the basic tree structure, however, having a second level to which the tree branches allows for two different functions:
- Assign a priority to the concepts to be memorized, creating a further hierarchy within the study material;
- Create different "sections" in the content, as in this case. For example, we decided to represent the historical aspects of the Enlightenment on the first level of the map, while the second level concerns the communicative and cultural aspects of the movement.
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A very convenient structure for getting a general overview of a subject is the star layout. This feature, which can be used for both complex and simpler maps, does not create hierarchies as clear as those of tree-like concept maps.
The structure of the star map, particularly effective when combined with a colorful style, allows for a complete understanding of the various branches that characterize a topic - becoming particularly useful when studying a subject in great detail. The arrangement of elements in space allows for the addition of numerous nodes, possibly enlarging the image during printing for optimal readability."""
The benefits of using compact maps for summarizing and reviewing
If you are looking for a feature that can optimize both paper and mental space, then the compact map is perfect for you. When it comes to summarizing a large amount of study material or simply having a reference point when reviewing, the compact map can help students without leading them to become too scattered.
Compact maps, due to their extremely concise and immediate nature, are the most suitable to serve as a compensatory tool if the student's Personalized Educational Plan includes the availability of summarized material during assessments.
Create mind maps and concept maps with ease!
All these features, with the various node organizations and different layouts, can be easily implemented thanks to your own Algor Education personal profile. Each of the types listed above can be created from scratch by following a few simple steps:
- Log in to your Algor Education profile or sign up. Creating a profile is free and can also be done using your Google account;
- Open your Personal Home and start creating a concept map or mind map to your liking. We remind you that, in addition to the classic creation from scratch, you can also take advantage of our automatic features;
- When you are satisfied with the result, click on the printer icon in the top right corner. From this section, you can select the format and style combination you prefer, and then print the final result so that you always have it at hand.
The premium print and export features are available for all Algor subscribers, both Pro and Base - remembering that the subscription can also be purchased through the Teacher's Card.