Mar 09 2013

Can Graphic Novels Help You Learn Faster? Test It For Free

Published by at 5:19 pm under Education/Schools,Graphic Novels

Short version: Dr. Short at the University of Oklahoma conducted a study which found that graphic novels helped students learn material more easily and were preferred by 80% of the students. You can enroll for free here to test whether they are more effective for you.

 

Here’s an example of the study incorporating visual cues to make business-school material easier to learn/understand:

If you’d like to see for yourself, please enroll for their free option here:

I’m definitely in; diagrams and other visual cues really helped me in school, especially in understanding complex processes with distinct phases like the Krebs Cycle in biology and the earmarking process in congressional budgeting.

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4 Responses to “Can Graphic Novels Help You Learn Faster? Test It For Free”

  1. Nayanon 09 Mar 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I totally agree. Visuals help in undestanding. While studying engineering, we had video sessions on different mechanisms of machines like internal combustion engine, shaper machine etc. Those sessions really helped. Also visuals make study fun.

  2. Linebylineon 11 Mar 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I’m not sure the puppy example is the best, though. The visuals there certainly add flavor, but they don’t really convey any information that the text isn’t conveying better.

    Unless the point of this is to study whether pictures enhance learning even when they’re not actually conveying information above and beyond what’s in the text, in which case never mind.

  3. B. McKenzieon 12 Mar 2013 at 1:03 am

    “Unless the point of this is to study whether pictures enhance learning even when they’re not actually conveying information above and beyond what’s in the text, in which case never mind.” I believe that is the point. Do pictures-and-text help students learn material more quickly than the same information in text alone does?

  4. Linebylineon 12 Mar 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Ah. Makes sense, I guess, but it kind of misses the point of using pictures in the first place. Pictures can convey certain things in specific detail that words just can’t, whereas words have more specificity in other situations by virtue of their ability to convey in a short span of text what one might never figure out by looking at a picture.

    I’m sure you already know this but in case any of your readers missed out, I highly recommend Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics and Making Comics for more on the subject.

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