Identify the key aspects of the topic and jot down all the possible ideas you have on the topic.  

Try making a brainstorming concept map to capture your ideas.

Use the 5 W’s + H question starters in relation to your topic to get your thinking about the topic:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How?

An example concept map about brainstorming:

Brainstorming concept map.gif

This type of map will help you to understand what you already know about the topic and then you can begin to think about further information you will need to research in order to write the assignment.