Drawings and Diagrams
Drawing pictures and diagrams is a powerful way to demonstrate what you know
and want to remember. You do not have to be a talented artist to make good
scientific drawings. By following some simple steps, you can make diagrams that
help you and others know what
you have learned.
1. Use straight lines to label the parts of the diagram.
2. Never allow label
lines to cross each other.
3. Write beside the label line rather than on the label line.
4. Include enough details to allow the
diagram to express the concept.
5. Always check your spelling and accuracy of labels.
6. Use color and shading as appropriate.
7. Write a brief caption beneath or beside the drawing to identify the diagram and
provide additional information to the reader.
Example of a Poorly Dr
awn Diagram of Soil Layers in a Container
Identify at least five errors made in the diagram.
How w
ould you correct the errors?
white sand
dark potting soil
read sand
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