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3 Ways Drawing Can Help You in School
3. How Drawing Can Help You Get Better Grades
Show What You Know
Drawing and Writing
If you enjoy drawing, add it to your writing assignments whenever possible. It can be as simple as gaining extra-credit points for adding an illustration of the Spirit of St. Louis to your report on aviation, or as elaborate as creating a graphic novel for your next English literature grade.
Think With Your Pencil
Visual notes are very useful when studying for tests. You'll form a memory of where France is located in Europe because you sketched it on paper and in your mind. With practice, visual note-taking will become a code of symbols and pictures your very own visual language.
Quickly-drawn lines show positioning of text and give you an idea of how many words to write. Simple pictures show images that need to be created and how big to make them. Use thumbnail sketches to plan all of your school assignments, from Power Point presentations to designing a poster for a school event.
Draw Better Math, History, and Geography Grades
Whenever you can, apply your drawing skills to history and geography assignments. Adding illustrations, such as a drawing of a U.S. president adds grade points to your history report. Taking time to draw interesting details on a map of the Middle East can improve your grade in geography. Whether you draw with a pencil or computer, your oral report on the Civil Rights Act will be more engaging if you include charts and graphs.
Art and Science: A Winning Combination
Albert Einstein famously said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Channeling your creative mind into your science studies can help you understand complex scientific concepts and theories. Visual notes on how atoms form molecules are very helpful when studying for the next physical science exam. Your hand-drawn observations showing the metamorphosis of a butterfly can become illustrations for your biology report.
Extra Credit and Extra Curricular Activities
Of course, drawing in school is not only about getting better grades. It can also be about helping your school and having fun while you're at it. Apply your skills towards creating a program to be handed out at the next school play. Let your imagination run wild when drawing posters for school dances and assemblies.
When it comes to the number of ways drawing can help you in school, the sky's the limit! I've shared only some of the possibilities to get you started. If you have ideas on how to use drawing in school, please share them with us. We'd love to hear from you! •
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Drawing coach, Rob Court lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is the author of 30 drawing books and works with students in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. More »