A few weeks ago, I gave a presentation on taking notes using Mind Maps. Since I have been using this method to take notes, I have found that I stay focused on what the speaker is saying and that I retain information better. Mind maps help me organize my thoughts as well. I know this method has been around for a while, but it seems that it is not used as much in school today. However, I think students today, being such highly visual learners, would greatly benefit from using mind maps.
Here is the presentation:
Also, there is an excellent video by Tony Buzan (considered to be the father of the mind map) where he explains the psychology behind mind maps and why they work. Check it out here: