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.
|Use Charts or Matrices to compares and contrast qualities, examples, descriptions, and facts.
||Use Stars or Spiders to show themes, examples, descriptions, and definitions.
|Use Trees or Hierarchies to show categories, classifications, analysis, structures, descriptions, and examples...
||Use Chains to show processes, sequences, causes and effects, chronological order, ... and steps.
|Use Flowcharts/Venn Diagrams to show relationships between diagrams, points of overlap, and points of distinction.
||Use Sketches to show physical structures, visual images, concrete objects, spatial relationships, and descriptions of places.