The traditional format outline.
A traditional outline starts with enumerating all the main points of an essay, and then comes listing of all the sub-topics of those ideas and evidence which back up the idea or sub-topic.
The box format outline.
The box outline visibly splits your writing into several sections. Each box contains related ideas supporting each of the sections. Box plan devotes less attention to detail and is more general.
For example, your topic is “Different Approaches to Upbringing Preschool Children”
|Approaches||Description of each approach||Effect on children|
|Characteristic methods of the approach, illustrative examples describing each approach||Describing pros and cons of every method, examples|
The mind-map format outline.
This type of an outline is the most flexible. You may change your mind map or outline it any time you choose. It is much more convenient and simpler for you to rearrange your essay, leaving out or adding some points to a mind map than to take pains to rewrite it all over again.