Top 8 Ways Comics make Students Learn Faster
- Mar 25, 2015
‘Tintin’ or ‘Asterix’, which among them is your child’s favorite comic character? Or, does he or she love both of them? I can already see you smiling as you read, friends. I bet some of you are reminded of your childhood, when you swallowed up comic series as if they were more important than your textbooks!
I was also no different as a kid. Tintin and Asterix were my favorite comic characters. The moment I returned from school, I used to choose a cozy corner to relax and read. Can you believe it, my mother kept all kinds of comic books under lock and key before my exams. Even today, most teachers feel that reading comics can limit their students’ vocabulary and make them dull.
But then, is it really true? Today, education is embracing all forms of creativity and introducing them into the modern classroom. This includes social media, technology and a host of others. After all, learning must be adapted in a way that captures and captivates the attention of learners. And comics have been recently proved to empower students with unique learning skills. Employing comics inside classrooms in one of the best secret strategies of effective learners. Read on to know the best ways comics make students learn faster:
- Motivate verbal students: You must have noticed some kids who associate knowledge with language and words. They learn beautifully when you use stories or other creative examples to illustrate a certain point. Such students are known as verbal learners. Comics work wonders for such students because they utilize language intelligently to convey a message, along with the story. Comic readers follow the words said by the characters to grasp the plot. This makes it possible for them to improve their reading and comprehension skills.
- Assists visual learners: Did you know that creative learning can help students to a great extent? And this is all the more true in the case of visual learners. Visual learners are students who learn better when their lessons are accompanied by charts, graphics, pictures, animated chapters or other visual elements like flashcards, etc. You can also address them as ‘spacial learners’. You wouldn’t be alien to interesting imagery used in comics. The pictures, animated characters speak more than words. Naturally, students love reading them.
- Helps Mathematical students: As a ten-year-old, I noticed a few of my classmates who loved Math. Rather, I must say that they were in love with numbers. They hardly took five minutes to learn tables. Later, I learnt that they were ‘Mathematical learners’! Such learners are great in logical reasoning as well. I am certain their skills would be enhanced if they read comics regularly, at a particular time during the day. Creating a plot requires investing a great deal of logic and planning behind it.
- Assists kinesthetic learners: Any idea about ‘kinesthetic learners’, dear friends? Just a hint: they are also termed as ‘bodily learners’. Yes, you guessed it right. It is physical movement that assists these type of learners. And what else can emphasize on facial expressions as beautifully as comics? Most comic authors use their own facial expressions or postures to represent the bodies of their characters. Bodily learners often imitate the physical positions or expressions of these characters for fun or to draw them out.
- Encourages musical learners: Music, as they say, is the best healer. And ‘musical learners’ know it the best! Also referred to as ‘rhythmic learners’, such students imbibe education with the aid of music or rhythm. There are some ‘panels’, and a series of panels in comics that lead to the climax. Using comics to teach such learners can help them identify the rhythmical pattern present in them. Thus, they can learn by just following that pattern and introducing musical elements in the comic story they are reading.
- Interests naturalistic learners: Some students relate to Mother Nature and therefore, learn new things by associating them with their own surroundings. These students generally absorb all kinds of information regarding the physical environment of the comic characters. They follow it by relating this environment with the course of the story and finally the climax. Most of them are attracted to the art of photography. So, some might use their photography skills to capture photos and place their favorite comic characters in different locations. It helps them learn better.
- Inspires interpersonal students: Do you love working in group assignments? If yes, it just means that the elements of collaborative learning appeal to you and compliment your personality. If you love group interactions and working with communities, you would be able to analyze the social relationships of various comic characters. And as you examine these things, you get an idea about the characters in your textbooks as well. As a consequence, you start understanding and relating to each other better. So, in a way, comics help build team spirit too!
- Aids intrapersonal learners: Moments of silent contemplation characterize intrapersonal learners. Mostly, such students tend to be introverts. They prefer working on individual projects and individual studies before their exams. They don’t require an external force to motivate them and are competent enough to take care of their own emotions. These learners are capable of interpreting the individual characters of comics. It makes them stronger at character recognition that greatly assists them in their academics at a later stage.
Apart from these, there are several more benefits of implementing comics into education. So, the next time you chide your kid for leafing through the pages of his or her new comic, pause for a while. And think! Comics increase the general knowledge of children, just in case you were not aware of it. Reading about the characters helps expand their ideas about different people reacting differently to different situations. So naturally, learners become more mature too. At the end, however, I feel the best advantage of ushering comics into academic lessons is simply the fact that they make learning even more interesting. Lively. Comics can make even seemingly dull subjects like History become alive, as I have learnt from some students.
So, how about bringing a smile to the faces of your students by encouraging them to read comics?
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