A Concept map is a colorful, visual form of representing key concepts covered in a chapter . It can be used as an effective overview , learning and revision tool.
At its heart is a central topic of the chapter . This is then explored by means of branches representing main ideas, which all connect to this central idea.
Concept maps are metacognitive tools that give students awareness towards the process of learning and allow the representation of knowledge structures in thematic fields
Brain is the key to effective learning for a student and the more effectively the student uses it, the more successful he/she will be. If the brain of the student is stimulated with correct thinking and effective learning tools, excellent results can be obtained.
Understanding lists, lines, sequences, letters and numbers is the work of the LEFT BRAIN. While interpreting color, images, rhythms and spatial awareness is the work of the RIGHT BRAIN. Through a Concept Map both Right & Left parts of the brain would be put into effective use.
As a learning strategy,concept mapping stimulates learners' which is very important for better learning. Students can use it as a tool for effective revision of not just the current class chapters but also the topics covered previously.
As a teaching support, concept maps are also helpful, as they permit the establishment of networks of concepts that originate from a central concept in a coherent, structured and integrated manner, guiding the sequence of teaching. Concept maps can also be used by teachers for curriculum planning. Using this instrument means giving a new meaning to education, as well as a new meaning to the concepts of teaching, learning, and assessment of learning.
Each chapter has been transformed into a Map. For example, given below is an example concept map. Given below is an introduction to the map.
Central concept - The central concept of the chapter
Image – Image is mnemonic which will help you remember the concept
Branches – Each branch leads to a sub-concept of the chapter
The sub-concepts and the points under them are color coded i.e. each branch is identified with its color.
Based on the color you can identify the sub-concept under which it will come.
Refer to the textbook and identify the first branch to start with and revise one branch at a time.
A comprehensive revision tool for competitive exams