Visual Aids help visual representations of knowledge, concepts, thoughts, or ideas. To show the relationships between the parts, the symbols are linked with each other; words can be used to further clarify meaning. By representing information spatially and with images, students are able to focus on meaning, reorganize and group similar ideas easily, make better use of their visual memory.
A review study concluded that using graphic organizers improves student performance in the following areas:
Students remember information better and can better recall it when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.
The use of graphic organizers helps improving the reading comprehension of students.
Students with and without learning disabilities improve achievement across content areas and grade levels.
Thinking and learning skills: Critical thinking
When students develop and use a graphic organizer their higher order thinking and critical thinking skills are enhanced.
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