No two concept maps will look the same.  The ability to personalize and graphically demonstrate your own understanding of a topic enhances the depth of learning effectively.  And, research shows that creating concept maps can help increase the amount of information you can recall by “chunking” groups of ideas together.  “Chunking” increases our brains ability to cognitively process more bits of information in our working memory than what can be remembered without using this metacognitive learning strategy.  It’s also helpful to watch our movie on concept mapping with your class before they begin making their first Make-a-Map concept map.  Or, watch our video on concept mapping Cell Structures.