Sometimes words aren’t the most effective way to represent everything that you are trying to communicate. In such cases, visual diagrams, graphs and charts play a very important role as they perfectly complement the written text and provide the reader a clearly summarised view of the information.
This becomes most important in exam papers where students are trying to present the most relevant and comprehensive information to the checker/examiner. In subjects like biology, geometry, physics and at times in others, the diagrams are very critical to support the textual answers.
The diagram reflects that the student does know the correct answer or does understand the concept.Although most students are already aware of this fact, still many of them end up scoring less because their diagrams are not up to the mark.
There are some tips that experts and teachers suggest for better looking diagrams that can help you score higher.
1. Know which diagram to use where
There are so many types of diagrams so a student needs to take a call on what is the most relevant diagram required in a specific answer.
2. Pay attention to labeling and referencing
– All the diagrams you create including graphs, charts, drawings, diagrams and maps should be numbered according to their placement in the text. Also, number all tables using a different sequence.
– Ensure that the diagram is neatly and correctly labeled, specially with respect to the variables you have charted.
– You can also make attempts to highlight the labeling in the diagram so that the prominent names and words get noticed. For this effect, try using underlines or labeling in different colors. Once the labeled parts of the diagram come into notice, it becomes easier to mark them.
3. Understand the size of the diagram
One of the most important things to remember is that you have limited space while drawing a diagram and you can not start big and end up messing up its dimensions. So when you start drawing the diagram, make sure you have a set size in mind. Make all the parts of a diagram, with corresponding size.
4. Leave margins for labeling
Whenever drawing a large diagram, make sure you have left enough space for notes or labeling. Since there is a lot of importance of labeling in the diagrams, one should always make space for it. Also, one would need to remember all the words exactly so that no labels are missed out.
5. Rub out extra lines
Just the way you revise written stuff, make sure you go through the diagram once more too. There are chances that you missed out on a label or part of the drawing. Make sure you always double check on this.
6. Use good stationery
You may not have noticed, but the difference in your diagrams made with good pencils and colors and the ones made with pencils that have blunt edges and bad colors is vast. The right kind of pencils and colors will help your diagrams look neat and clear.
7. Use good stationery with minimal options
Once you have the right kind of pencils and colors for the drawing part, you need to pay attention to the way you use your pencils. Too much pressure on the sheet of paper being used can make the impression look ugly. Also, when drawing with pencils, we use erasers a lot. The pressure on the pencil leaves marks on the sheet.