A visual guide to essay writing
by Rao V., Chanock K., Krishnan L.
Sydney: Association for Academic Language & Learning (AALL). — 84 p.
We all know the proverb, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.
For some of us, it would be easier to produce the picture
than the thousand words!
Many people think in pictures. Unfortunately, this is often a ‘mixed
blessing’ for students of humanities, social sciences, and other areas
where a student’s learning is assessed almost entirely in essays. These
call for a different way of thinking: verbal, in blocks of words, moving
in a straight and narrow line towards a conclusion. If you’re a visual
thinker, you can get quite frustrated in an educational system that
marks not your understanding as such, but your ability to express it
in a linear chain of reasoning with all the links spelt out.