Making one is simple. There is no right or wrong way to make a concept map. The one key step is to focus on the ways ideas are linked to each other. For a few ideas on how to get started, take out a sheet of paper and try following the steps below:
Identify a concept.
From memory, try creating a graphic organizer related to this concept. Starting from memory is an excellent way to assess what you already understand and what you need to review.
Go through lecture notes, readings and any other resources you have to fill in any gaps.
Focus on how concepts are related to each other.
Your completed concept map is a great study tool. Try the following steps when studying:
Elaborate (out loud or in writing) each part of the map.
List related examples, where applicable, for sections of the map.
Re-create your concept map without looking at the original, talking through each section as you do.