Mind Map Tools


  • Available for computer (website), mobile dveice/iOS
  • Approximate cost: Free for Lite
  • Visually organize your ideas and thoughts into a mind map; good for organizing to-do lists, brainstorming, organizing ideas for writing assignments, managing projects, and much more
  • http://www.mindmaple.com/


  • Available for computer (website)
  • Approximate cost: Free (no private diagrams) or $3.99/month for more storage
  • Create and collaborate on flowcharts and other types of diagrams
  • https://www.gliffy.com


  • Available for computer (website)
  • Approximate cost: Free or $79 for Plus
  • Open source product, creates mind maps
  • www.xmind.net



  • Available for iOS computers, iPads, and mobile devices; can be used on a Windows computer
  • Approximate cost: $9.99 (application)/$39.99 software
  • Creates a forum for visual thinking and learning, mind mapping, outlining, and making presentations
  • www.inspiration.com


Applications and Software

Dragon Dictation

  • Available for computer (website/software), tablet, mobile device/iOS, android
  • Approximate cost: Free application; $99 software
  • Speech-to-text program

Assignment Calculator

  • Available for computer (website)
  • Approximate cost: Free
  • Breaks down assignemnts into manageable steps
  • https://ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/assignmentcal/


  • Available for computer (software)
  • Approximate cost: Free trial, $29.99 monthly
  • Grammar checking software

Write Check

  • Available for computer (website)
  • Plagiarism checker, grammar checker, professional tutoring
  • Approximate cost: Varies; you pay as you go (per paper, per semester)
  • https://www.writecheck.com

Built-In Speech Recognition Software

Mac Computer

  • System Preferences -> Dictation and Speech -> Dication
  • Click "On"
  • Select "Enhance Dication" box (allows for offline use)

Windows Computer

  • Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Ease of Access -> Windows Speech Recognition
  • Need audio input, microphone

Apple/Android/Windows Phones

  • Select microphone icon in lower left corner of your on-screen type-pad (to the left of the space bar)