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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Yes, I like concept mapping, because I found it’s very easy to communicate, especially with my supervisor. More I’m kind of graphical person, so I like it. So I do the concept mapping by using these key words and arguments [INAUDIBLE] so then I try to, say, map or match these concepts with each other. So it’s so helpful for me. Actually, I tried to use concept mapping in the past, but I found that it’s just not working very well for me. I think the most useful thing for me is plain text and outline like dot points. And then I can use dot points to develop my paragraph.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds It spurs your imagination when you look at a concept map rather than just looking at the text.

Using concept maps for dialogue

A handy basis for talks with supervisor

Students routinely find the literature review the most complex and difficult part of the thesis to write. Supervisors also find it the most difficult part of the research process to give advice about. Both are increasingly seeing the benefits of using concept maps as a basis for their conversations, especially in the development of the literature review part of a research project. Having a simple diagram of the developing argument can focus discussion and leave plenty of room for either party to ask questions and make suggestions.

Conversation starter

  • When have you had an opportunity to use concept mapping when talking with supervisors?

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