Brainstorming Term Paper Topics

Term papers, reports, and other papers require good topics that can be generated through effective brainstorming.

Brainstorming is an important method for generating topics and ideas for the focus or thesis statement of any term paper or written work. At the core of every good paper or paragraph is a main idea. These ideas are arrived at through thinking. However brainstorming is in a sense something more. It is associative thought, jumping from one idea or topic to another until you can come up with a good idea, an appealing idea or a feasible topic for a term paper, report or other written work. Brainstorming can come in many forms whether it is bouncing ideas off a fellow student or colleague or whether it is actively scimming through books and magazines to find a good thought. Indeed this is one of the methods that is most highly recommended, in that IF you can find it in a book, it can immediately become a resource for research and for you to quote. In looking at brainstorming let us examine several different methods of brainstorming, ways of being creative, as well as possible follow up information to compliment your methods of brainstorming.

The first method is very basic and involves sitting down and considering what your strong points are, what you like to write about, what you know about and enjoy. If you brainstorm topics in the areas you are most interested then you will write with passion and this will be translated to your reading audience. For that reason it is best for you to start the brainstorming process by yourself and then proceed to some of the other methods. Try to break down big topics into smaller subtopics or related ideas so that you give yourself as many choices or thoughts as possible. In this manner you will be able to associate thoughts together more quickly and actually start to generate the storm that will help you find the right topic.

Then proceed to the idea of approaching another person or group to bounce your ideas off of them and find out what they think about your topics. Not looking for criticism, but for fresh new ideas or topics or ways at looking at old topics or ideas. By establishing that interaction with other students or friends you can more quickly strike sparks and ignite the flame of new thought. Many sparks contribute towards a bright and powerful bonfire. Many friends can contribute towards a whole plethora of ideas. This is also a good method for refining ideas that you have or for rejecting those topics for papers that might not be feasible, or less than appealing to an audience.

The third suggestion for brainstorming is by far one of my favorites. It involves sitting down with the primary textbook for the class and looking at the chapter headings in the table of contents. Very simple really. You look at those key topics and there is the beginning for your paper or list of topics. You will find a great number of topics and as you delve into the chapter headings in the table of contents it will take you further into the text itself. There you will find research, authors, and studies, and tests, and experiments and history, all of which are great places to find topics. Most importantly this is a great process for determining where the supporting research material might be for your paper. If you are writing a term paper or any work that you want to have support and credibility, insuring that the topic has material written on it in the field is very important. If you find a topic you like but cannot find enough supporting material written on it then that topic might not be a very good topic.

Brainstorming is a free form of creativity and flow of ideas, a by association form of thinking that can be very productive for producing topics for papers and reports or any written work. Whether that is by individual brainstormig or doing so in groups or with materials, it is an effective and exciting means of bringing out your creative flow. It is literally igniting a storm of thought in the brain. It is by such a process that so many wonderful thoughts and topics and subjects are discovered. So much is hidden in our minds. It is a veritable treasure trove. There are so many possibilities. Whatever method you choose to use, remember that you have many resources at hand to prevent yourself from being overcome by the blank piece of paper in front of you or the blank word processing screen. Just start to brainstorm.

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