0 Some students have a knack for effortlessly coming up with good idea on the fly. Brainstorming is nothing more than the act of thinking about something - or maybe nothing at all - until fully formed idea pops into your brain. Most people, though, coming up with an idea is a daunting challenge. If you're someone who has a difficult time coming up with ideas, for school your school assignment you should try implementing some brainstorming techniques to ease the process along. 0 Freewriting is your most basic brainstorming technique. 0 After reading the course assignment; 0 Take out a note book size piece of paper, and pencil. Set a timer for 2 - 3 minutes. 0 Just start writing what comes to your mind without stopping, or critiquing what you are writing. 0 Then after the time limit, go back through what you have written and choose the topics that you want to write about. 0 Take out a notebook piece of paper, and draw a large circle in the middle. Post your main thought in this circle. 0 Place straight lines going from this circle out to several smaller circles all the way around the edges of the paper. 0 Begin to think of every word that comes to mind about your main topic. 0 Take out a note book piece of paper. 0 Write the letter of the alphabet on each line. 0 Then write a word that associates to that letter. 0 Ex, A = Apple, C = Computer, College M = Motherboard, Magazine 0 Take out a notebook piece of paper and place it lengthwise. 0 In the middle of the paper draw a line, similar to a fishes backbone. This is the topic 0 Then draw diagonal lines from the main line, these are the main points, from these lines draw more like the fins. This are the supporting material 0 Take out a piece of note book paper and hold it lengthways. 0 Draw 7 columns, Label each column: People, Processes, Problems, Phenomena, Procedures, Possessions, Products, Programs. Now under each column write the specific main point, they do not have to start with a P, Example: People, Gandhi Problem: World Peace Phenomena: Northern Lights 0 Scan the Media (Newspaper, Magazines, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pintrust, blogs) 0 Develop a personal inventory of subjects that interest you. (experienced personally or want to explore) 0 Either way of individually brainstorming will prove productive if you follow your thoughts through. Freewriting, Bubble, Alphabet, Bonefish, and 7 –P’S and allows you to capture your thoughts on paper without the interruption of editing, correcting, or catching grammatical or spelling errors while in mid thought. Continuing your flow of words onto the paper is a goal of brainstorming. As you develop a method that works for you, penning your words onto the paper will turn sheer letters into countless ideas which will become masterpieces suitable for editing and eventual assignment submission. 0 NEXT: Review how to write an effective academic paper.