Visual Literacy

Visual literacy includes the use of visual aids such as graphs, tables and pie charts to enhance a given viewpoint as well as the concept of 'mind mapping'.

Mind Map

This relates to visually interpreting, presenting and constructing graphical information in the form of tables, graphs and flowcharts in order to understand a concept or idea on a single piece of paper.

How to do a Mind Map

Mind mapping (or concept mapping) involves writing down a central idea and thinking up new and related ideas that radiate out from the centre. By focussing on key ideas written down in your own words, and then looking for branches and connections between the ideas, you are mapping knowledge in a manner which will help you understand and remember new information.

See Study techniques for more information on Mind Maps and other study techniques.

Graphs, Tables and Pie Charts

Being able to interpret and understand graphs, table and pie charts is an important element of your studies, as is being able to include them to supplement your point of view.

Tips for drawing diagrams:

  • Clearly label your axes

  • Label each of your curves (e.g. demand, supply)

  • Use appropriate scale on each axis

  • Use arrows to clearly show what is happening to your price, supply and demand (if applicable)

  • Give your graph/table a heading

Example

FREE TRADE DIAGRAM

Free Trade Diagram