Select a topic, concept, or issue for which you want to map your understanding.
- Generate a list of ideas and initial thoughts that come to mind when you think about this particular topic/issue.
- Sort your ideas according to how central or tangential they are. Place central ideas near the center and more tangential ideas toward the outside of the page.
- Connect your ideas by drawing connecting lines between ideas that have something in common. Explain and write in a short sentence how the ideas are connected.
- Elaborate on any of the ideas/thoughts you have written so far by adding new ideas that expand, extend, or add to your initial ideas.
Continue generating, connecting, and elaborating new ideas until you feel you have a good representation of your understanding.