This exemplar map was made with Make-a-Map after watching the BrainPOP movie Sharks. Personalizing and graphically demonstrating understanding of a topic using a concept map is a deeply effective way to learn. Research finds that “chunking” groups of ideas together, as students do in concept maps, can help increase the amount of information they can recall. Chunking is a metacognitive learning strategy that increases the brain’s ability to cognitively process more bits of information in our working memory. Explore our Concept Mapping topic for more about this effective strategy.