Having to focus after being in several classes back to back can be a struggle. Or getting into the right state of mind after not having class for a long gap, can be a struggle too. To have to take notes after having several back to back classes- it can be hard to focus. But that’s the thing- you don’t have to necessarily take notes the primary way that you were taught: bullet after bullet. Instead the next time you’re sitting in a interesting class, say Introduction to Psychology for example, you can try taking notes using the “Mind Mapping” method. Mind mapping was based off the note taking method created in the 1970s called “sun bursting”. This method of note taking can involve doodles and allows you to write down what your mind freely associates to the subject so that it’s not strict. Many teachers find that when a student is doodling he or she is distracted. But actually in contrast, doodling has been found to help keep students engaged. Mind mapping isn’t just something meant to keep students engaged during lectures. Rather mind mapping is a method students can use when they need to focus on a single concept in the textbook.