MindMaps are not the same as concept maps - with concept maps you use arrows leading to whole phrases, often contained in boxes, but with mindmaps you use just one or two keywords actually written ON the lines - with lots of symbols, colours and diagrams to try and make each keyword exciting and memorable. It takes some time to actually create, but once done they are a lot quicker to review than normal linear notes or text, so that's where you save on time. There are now computer programs for mind-mapping, which I use extensively. I use one made by a company called Mindjet, which makes the actual map-making a lot quicker than by using paper and pen - and you never run out of space on your paper either LOL! MindMapping is now taught in many schools in England, and is more widely known about there than here in the US I think, especially as it often gets confused with concept mapping, which is commonly taught in US schools. If you look at the website http://www.mind-map.com
and click on 'MindMaps' and then 'How to MindMap' you will soon see the difference.
I use flash-cards for some things, usually stuff like definitions that you just have to memorise.
Sometimes I will use the patio doors and windows in my house as substitute white-boards and draw all over them with dry wipe markers. I had the Renin-angiotensinogen system scribbled all over my patio doors for weeks once...
I've never tried to teach my dog Algebra, A & P, or anything else (other than a good sit-stay LOL!) - but that sounds like fun, I'll have to give that one a try
I also use a lot of mnemonics, visualisations, and something called the 'Major System' for memorising numbers: Each number has a corresponding 3 or 4 letters of the alphabet (consonants only), you can combine them with neutral vowels to make a word that is more easily recalled than a number, and if you have lots of numbers to remember then you can make the words into silly phrases (It's how those memory magicians remember long lists of telephone numbers etc.). So If I have to remember that the atomic weight of carbon is 12, I would use the major system to convert 12 into 't' and 'n', use the first vowel sound that made a word: 'tan' and then visualise sitting in front of big charcoal (carbon) fire, burning my skin to get a tan.
Best wishes, Paint