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Mind-Mapping - Problem Solving Technologies


Visual thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words, and concepts are associated with images. Mind mapping is a visual form of note taking that offers an overview of a topic and its complex information. Through the use of colors, images, and words, mind mapping begins with a central idea and expands outward to more in-depth sub-topics. Mind maps help students brainstorm on any topic and think creatively.

Visual learning helps students organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge, and think critically

Within Trinty we have a number of tools available to students looking for support in this area :


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MindView is a professional mind mapping software that allows you to visually brainstorm, organize and present ideas.

With powerful MS Office 365 integration its great comprehensive tools to enable a student record and visualise and subject or project plan.

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Free Tools

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Like all mind maps, FreeMind gives you the flexibility to organise thoughts on a page as they connect to each other and to the larger picture. After all, not all minds reason in subheadings and bullet points. You shape, place, and name that master idea (the root node), then create child or sibling spokes that relate to it.

To install Freemind on your laptop or home desktop for Free use this link - Freemind download

Online Help & training

Visit our training page to learn more about using Freemind mind-mapping Software

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Apps for your smartphone or tablet

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Idea Sketch

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Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts

Click this link for more information and to download - Idea Sketch


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Inspiration Maps, the most intuitive and powerful visual learning app on the iPad. Build beautiful diagrams, graphic organizers, and outlines with ease.

Click this link for more information and to download - Inspiration Mind map app

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Trello - Task management tool

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Trello is a brilliant task management app with 'to do' lists, reminders, task completion status and several other project planning functions. The shared workflow features make it particularly great for group work.

To download view:

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Academic Support help

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For further help on gaining strategies to help you take effective notes please view our academic support page, which gives you information on:

  • How to use your lecture notes effectively
  • Strategies for taking notes in a lecture
  • Introduction to the Cornell method of note-taking