Study Skills Support

Concept-mapping or mind-mapping software programmes are very useful tools for students who have good visual-spatial ability. Information can be converted into a visual mind-map containing key information, pictures and showing connections. Students can use mind-mapping software to create visual revision aids, but it can also be used for brainstorming, concept mapping and planning essays.

Coggle and Xmind are good programmes for older students and adults in the workplace. There are lots of mind-mapping apps for tablets and smartphones – Popplet http://popplet.com is one example.

MyStudyBar http://mystudybar.blogspot.com/ is a set of portable open source and freeware applications to help dyslexic students with studying, assembled into one package. It includes tools for mind-mapping, customising fonts and background colours, a talking dictionary and text-to-speech features. It is completely free to use.