Concept vs Mind Map

Concept vs Mind Map
Mind Map Structure
# [Mind Map Structure](https://mm.tt/1616859787)
Subject
The subject of a mind map is always
located in the center of the canvas
A mind map only has ONE subject (one
central idea)
Topics
Topics are arranged in a RADIAL
structure around the center
Each topic is connected to the center
via a line (branch)
Hierarchical structure
The topics closest to the center are
the most important
When you read a map, start at the
center!
Subtopics
Each topic in a mind map can have
multiple subtopics
BUT
A subtopic can only ever have ONE
parenttopic
This means that classic mind map
diagrams don't have loops
BUT
You can use arrows to show
connections and relationships between
individual subtopics
Other Elements
When creating a mind map, you are
encouraged to add lots of different
colors, images and icons
You can even replace written words
with drawings
Mind Map Purpose
# [Mind Map Purpose](https://mm.tt/1616859821)
Visualization
Mind maps let you visualize your
thoughts and understand how things
are connected
Ideation
Mind maps are the best format to
brainstorm ideas alone or with others
They help you come up with new ideas
through association
They improve creativity
Note taking
The mind map format is great for
capturing information
Take notes during lectures, in class,
during meetings and more
Planning
Mind maps are great for all kinds of
planning purposes
Plan projects, outline business
strategies, outline essays and more
Mind Map Benefits
Mind mapping has many benefits!
Mind maps improve creativity
Frictionless transcription of your
thoughts
Mind maps let you take more
effective notes
Mind mapping improves comprehension
and memory
Mind mapping doesn't feel like work
It's fun!
Concept Map Structure
Central concept
The central concept (subject / topic) is
usually located at the top of the
canvas
Concept maps are then read from top
to bottom
However, the central concept may also
be placed in the center or a
different part of the canvas
Concepts
Concepts or ideas are represented as
geometrical shapes
Circle
Ellipse
Square
Rectangle
Diamond
Lines
Concepts are connected via lines
Lines usually have arrows to indicate
direction or cause / effect
Lines can have labels that describe
the relationship between the concepts
they connect
Each concept can be connected (linked)
to one or multiple other concepts
Concept Map Purpose
Visualization
Concept maps are used to visualize
relationships between concepts or ideas
Visualize complex concepts
Organizing
Concept maps are used to organize
and structure knowledge
They are often used to represent
academic knowledge
Planning
Concept maps are used for various
types of planning purposes
Communication
Concept maps can be used to
communicate plans, structures and
systems to others
Concept Map Benefits
Concept mapping has many benefits!
Concept maps help visualize the
relationships between concepts and
ideas
See the bigger picture
Understand connections
Structure ideas
Concept maps improve memory and learning
Synthesize and integrate information
Analyze and evaluate
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