Mind-Mapping - Problem Solving Technologies

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Trinity supported software



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 :

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 logoFreeMind

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



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Idea Sketch (iOS)

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 app logoInspiration (iOS)

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 logoTrello - Task management tool

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/

Getting Started With Trello (Demo)

Brian from the Trello team walks you through a basic introduction of a Trello board. A full transcript is provided below the video.



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