Got an exam? Try this approach!
Sketchnotes are cool. You only need to look through examples of visible thinking, visual brainstorming, and sketchnoting on this site to see that they can be pretty useful.
So, now that we're in the season of IB examinations, do you have a way of approaching your English A: Literature Exam? If you don't, you might consider having a look at the above sketchnote. Begin in the centre and then make your way around. If you keep these things in mind as you're writing your exam, you should have a decent opportunity to do well.
More to the point, however. If you are making notes for any of your exams, try for a minute to let go of your inhibitions and just put down the first thing that comes to mind. Sketchnoting is a great way of leveraging the power of comics, doodling, and visual narrative to create something that reflects what you're thinking. As you can see in the above example, I actually drew very little, but the arrows and the small diagrams are helpful in allow the reader to visualize things.
Hope this helps you as you prepare for your English A: Literature Paper 2 exam!
And if you have any questions...
...feel free to contact us at Comics in Education!
Dr. Glen Downey is an award-winning children's author, educator, and academic from Oakville, Ontario. He works as a children's writer for Rubicon Publishing, a reviewer for PW Comics World, an editor for the Sequart Organization, and serves as the Chair of English and Drama at The York School in Toronto.
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