Mapping is a process of reorganizing and rearranging (moving) the most important ideas and information from your reading or textbook and converting it into a diagram with your own words to help you understand and remember what you read. Because mapping makes it easier to organize and remember what you have read, mapping is a useful studying technique. Moreover, mapping can help you organize your own writing when used as a pre-writing technique.

How do you select the type of map to be used?

Use Charts or Maxtrixes to compares and contrast qualities, examples, descriptions, and facts.
image of a chart
Use Stars or Spiders to show themes, examples, descriptions, and definitions.
The graphic of a Web
Use Trees or Hierarchies to show categories, classifications, analysis, structures, descriptions, and examples.
The graphic of a Tree
Use Chains to show processes, sequences, causes and effects, chronological order, and steps.
The graphic of a Chain
Use Flowcharts/Venn Diagrams to show relationships between diagrams, points of overlap, and points of distinction.
The graphic of a Flowchart
Use Sketches to show physical structures, visual images, concrete objects, spatial relationships, and descriptions of places.
The graphic of a Sketch
About Gallaudet
Campus Photos
Clerc Center
Contact Us
Employment Opportunities
Fast Facts
Make an Online Gift
Maps & Directions
Media Inquiries
University Communications
Visitors Center
English Language Institute
Financial Aid
Graduate Admissions
Graduate Orientation
International Admissions
Professional Studies
Test Center
Undergraduate Admissions
Academics & Research
Archives/Deaf Collections
Career Center
Catalog & Course Info
General Studies
Graduate Programs
Honors Program
Office of Academic Quality
Professional Studies
Registrar's Office
Research Support and International Affairs
Undergraduate Majors
Campus Life
Bison Shop (bookstore)
Campus Activities
Food Services
Public Safety
Residence Life and Housing
Washington, D.C.
Tools & Resources
Campus Directory
Help Desk
Gallaudet Alert-subscribe
GU Press
Kellogg Conference Hotel
Maps & Directions
People @ Gallaudet
Shuttle Bus
Gallaudet University | 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Copyright © 2016 Gallaudet University