Useof Visual Aids
Useof Visual Aids
Theuse of visual aids in presentations helps the audience to understandthe main points of a presentation. In addition, visual aids alsohelp the audience to be attentive during the duration of thepresentation. In presenting research, visual aids (graphs, figures,and tables) are very important, especially when one wants tosummarize the findings of a study and explain patterns, trends andrelationships. When used wisely, these visual aids can improve thequality of the manuscript by helping the readers to understand theresults. However, failure to use the visual aids in a correct mannermay also confuse the audience. Poorly constructed graphs and tableswill confuse the readers and audience alike and affect the overallquality of the paper.
Tablescan be used to compare and contrast numerical values, show specialcharacteristics of data and summarize findings in a small area.Figures are used to summarize results, e.g. Pie charts and graphsshow a visual explanation of events and physical characteristics e.g.maps and photographs. Figures also help to show the relationshipbetween two different sets of data.
Iwill use graphs, tables, pie charts, photographs or other types ofcharts in my draft where necessary. This will be useful to helpsummarize the findings of the research and will also help the readerto understand better and interpret the findings being presented.However, I will ensure that the visual aids are well constructed soas not to affect the overall quality of the paper. I will also followthe correct APA-style citation when presenting this type ofinformation.
Visualaids are very powerful communication tools. Figures, tables, charts,and images give the paper a professional touch and help sustain theinterest of the readers. Visual aids are extremely important whenpresenting complex information and large pieces of data. As such, theimportance of visual aids cannot be overemphasized.
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