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. Using colours, 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.

Mindmap circles

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

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

Trinity supported software

MindView 7 - Quickstart Tutorial Video

How to create a mind map How to make text notes How to attach files How to customize the mind map How to export the mind map

Free Tools


Free Mind app logo

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

Apps for your smartphone or tablet

Idea Sketch (iOS)

Idea Sketch Logo

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

Find this app at the Apple App Store

iPad App Overview: Idea Sketch

This is a short video overview for the iPad app, "Idea Sketch"

Inspiration (iOS)

Inspiration iOS app logo

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

Find this app at the Apple App Store

Inspiration Maps App Tutorial

A brief tutorial on how to use the Inspiration Maps app to create mind maps. It briefly covers some of the app's main features like idea symbols, text, links, and background options.

Trello - Task management tool

QR code for Trello for mobile

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: https://trello.com/

Or for mobile, click or scan the QR code


Getting Started With Trello (Demo)

If you get distracted when you're writing, join the club. It's one of the biggest struggles I deal with in my work. However, I recently discovered an app that can help put an end to those distractions. It's called Cold Turkey Writer, and it completely locks down your computer until you write the number of words that you specify.



Free trial

MindMeister is a web-based mind mapping software that runs in any standard web browser. The mind maps you create are saved automatically and are accessible from anywhere, as long as you're connected to the internet.

Mind maps are graphical representations of information. Ideas are organized with the title/main idea always located in the centre of the map. Related ideas branch off from the centre in all directions, creating a radial structure.

Mindmeister Tutorial

Mindmeister Tutorial

Mindmeister Tutorial

Mindmeister Tutorial

Academic Support

For further guidance on how to improve strategies for effective note taking and study, please click on this link to view our academic support page. Supports are available for:

  • Study Skills
  • How to find subject-specific grinds
  • Full list of student supports