Also known as mind maps, this method involves getting all of the main ideas down on a page with key words and phrases around your central question. This method is flexible and creative- you don't have to worry about putting your ideas in order, it's more important to get all of your ideas out first. For more information, have a look at the video below:
Bullet points / Linear Plans
For some students, creating lists or bullet points is a more effective way to plan their writing. This method may include a brief outline of the main points for each theme of the writing, or a more detailed plan with sub-points and a note of the evidence to support each point (including sources, page numbers, etc.). Using outlines or bulleted lists will allow you to see how ideas follow on from each other.
The following tabs show some examples of essay plans associated with using a linear plan: