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Top 5 Mind Mapping Apps for Students

Both teachers and students have been using mind maps for many years. Moving from paper to apps has been an easy transition. Mind mapping apps have made it more efficient to visualise and understand concepts, improve critical thinking and to organise one’s ideas. Take a look at our recommended mind mapping apps for teachers and students.

Mindomo (mind mapping)

Mindomo is a mind-mapping app that helps unleash the power of your ideas. If you’re a quick thinker with a creative eye, then this is the app for you. With this app you can capture your thoughts and turn them into presentations on the fly, with the added value of being able to share them with others. You can also synchronise your maps to the cloud, from any device. When doing a group project, the Mindomo app provides you with a platform to collaborate with others by sharing ideas and working together on mind-maps in real time. 

SimpleMind for iPad (mind mapping)

SimpleMind+ is a mind-mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device. Although this app come with a price tag, it’s 4.6 out of 5 rating suggests this app is worth it. With a direct link to Dropbox, easy creator usability and striking visualisation tools, this app is definitely worth the investment. Practicality and speed are paramount features within the app, allowing users to create clean and effective mind maps on the go. This app is intuitive and created with ease of use in mind. 

SchematicMind Free mind map

SchematicMind is a mind-mapping app for the minimalist. It is a free tool that helps you create and edit mind maps quickly and distinctively. This app allows the user to create an unlimited amount of mind maps, designed for use on-the-go with an aesthetically pleasing design. You can apply styles, add icons, and use shapes and colours to make your map even clearer. If you’re planning a project, need to organise your thoughts or are simply looking for a way to visualise an idea then this is the app for you. 

Mindjet Maps for Android

MindJet Maps is an app based around visuals. You can mind-map ideas, take notes and track tasks all from the convenience of your Android device. This app works off a ‘quick information capture’ principle, allowing the user to ‘tag’ their files to help with organisation and ease of use. If you’d like your mind-map to be interactive with images, hyperlinks and added detail, then this is the app for you. You can also link this app to your DropBox for access on the go.

iThoughts (mindmapping)

iThoughts is a mind-mapping app with an incredible feature set for creating and sharing mind map diagrams. This app has built in support from DropBox and Box.net, with a wide range of file type options for exporting your diagrams. iThoughts allows you to visualise your thoughts, ideas and information, with a niche feature that allows you to import and export to and from many of the most popular desktop application formats. These include MindManager, iMindMap, FreeMind, NovaMind and MindManager to help optimise PDF and OPML export. iThoughts keeps track of your changes too, which is great if you’re prone to accidental deletes!

If you have any additional recommendations to the above list of apps, let us know down in the comments.

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