Whether we're talking about politics or the animal kingdom, learning something new can require a fair amount of time and effort. Luckily, we don't always have to read lengthy scientific papers. Some people do it for us. And not only that — they narrow down everything to a few bullet points and illustrate them to help our minds remember.

And if you want a place that stores these effective tools, look no further than the subreddit r/CoolGuides. As the name suggests, it collects picture-based reference guides for pretty much anything and everything.

"If it seems like something someone might print, physically post, and reference then it is a good link for this sub," its moderators write in its 'About' section.

Continue scrolling to check out some recent posts that garnered a lot of attention within this online community and if you find yourself hooked, fire up Bored Panda's earlier publication on it too.

#1

Opossums Are Our Friends

Opossums Are Our Friends

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Sabse
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1 month ago

We need them. Now! 😄 We do not have these cute pest controllers.

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#2

How To Treat People With Dementia

How To Treat People With Dementia

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

This should be higher up. We all have or will be in contact with someone with alzheimers.

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Dana Jandhyala, who has had a long career as an educator where she has taught in different schools and institutes, believes that visuals hold more appeal than plain text to curious and intuitive minds.

"Till date, several studies have been conducted which prove the power of visual aids in eLearning," she wrote. "And there are some interesting results drawn from them. Such as, learners respond to visual information faster as compared to text-only materials. Also, visuals help improve learning tremendously and on multiple levels. Hence, around 65% of the population comprises visual learners."

#3

This Library Hung A Dewey Decimal Reference Sign For “Everything You Want To Know, But Don’t Really Want To Ask”

This Library Hung A Dewey Decimal Reference Sign For “Everything You Want To Know, But Don’t Really Want To Ask”

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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1 month ago

That really made my day, just love this - especially the sentence at the bottom. 🙏

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#4

Simple Trick For Calculating Percentage

Simple Trick For Calculating Percentage

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Olivia Lisbon
Community Member
1 month ago

I had this realization on my own. I’m crap at maths, it was the best feeling!

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Jandhyala said there are several advantages of visual aids:

They help store information longer. "Images are the simplest and the most effective way to make sure that the information gets stored as long-term memory. As per Dr. Lynell Burmark, an education consultant, our short term memory processes words and can only retain about seven bits of information. Whereas, images are directly processed by our long-term memory, where they get indelibly etched."

They make communication quicker and simpler. "Information listed in bullets is no doubt simpler to process. But, that same information in the form of an image or a video is processed even more quickly."

As per the Visual Teaching Alliance:

  • Of all the information transmitted to the brain, 90% is visual;
  • As opposed to text, visuals are processed 60,000x faster;
  • Humans are capable of getting the sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10th of a second;
  • 40% of nerve fibers are linked to the retina;
  • Our brain can see images that last for only 13 milliseconds;
  • The human eye can register 36,000 visual messages every hour;
  • Hence, the eLearning programs which incorporate suitable visuals gain a higher preference over.
#5

A Bee’s Life

A Bee’s Life

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

I LOVE BEES!!!!

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#6

The 3/3/3 Rule

The 3/3/3 Rule

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 month ago

And if there has been abuse of any kind it may much longer to complete phase 3...

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#7

It's Either This, Or Pupper Mittens. Bernie Votes Mittens

It's Either This, Or Pupper Mittens. Bernie Votes Mittens

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

YES!!!

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Visuals aid better comprehension. "They help learners grasp concepts easily by stimulating imagination and affecting their cognitive capabilities. Besides, the visual language is also known to have the potential to stretch 'human bandwidth' – which comprises absorbing, comprehending and analyzing new information."

Visuals act as stimulators for emotions. "Emotions and visual information are processed in the same part of the human brain. Visual stimuli and emotional response are linked in a simple way and these two together generate what we call memories. Hence, powerful images and visual metaphors create strong impressions and lasting memories in learners."

They drive motivation. "Most of the students struggle with some of their subjects because they find them uninteresting and hence lack the motivation to put in the required efforts. Visuals are the best bet in such scenarios. Captivating images, engaging videos, interesting infographics, etc. help learners fight the boredom and motivate them to do better."

So it very well might be that the things you'll learn from these guides will stay with you. At least for a little while.

#8

Useful Info

Useful Info

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Chich
Community Member
1 month ago

Took a 2yr tech course and ended up making more than friends who got a degree..

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#9

Don't Overshare Information

Don't Overshare Information

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Sophia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Golden girls reference! Shady pines

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#10

How To Retain Employees. A Lot Of Companies Need This Guide

How To Retain Employees. A Lot Of Companies Need This Guide

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

So, not Amazon then

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#11

Different Street Light Designs To Minimize Light Pollution

Different Street Light Designs To Minimize Light Pollution

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NsG
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! Direct the light to where it's needed. This doesn't just impede views of the night sky - poorly thought out infrastructure can put streetlights directly outside bedroom windows and blackout blinds can be expensive.

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#12

Free Alternatives To Paid Software

Free Alternatives To Paid Software

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HalfFinnishedAustralian
Community Member
1 month ago

This is actually quite helpful.

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#13

Tips For Police Encounters

Tips For Police Encounters

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Jodie Kavanagh
Community Member
1 month ago

Where's the educational flier for the police? 1. Do not violate a person's civil rights. 2. ....

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#14

A Guide To Cat Body Language

A Guide To Cat Body Language

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Mike Crow
Community Member
1 month ago

Do not believe the so called “trusting” one, we all know it’s a trap.

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#15

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up When Starting Something New

Why You Shouldn’t Give Up When Starting Something New

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Jerry Mathers
Community Member
1 month ago

This what millions of antivaxers are experiencing right now. They feel informed because they did internet research. Or because they are a nurse. Or because they know someone who backs up their opinion. They don't even know how much they don't know. To me, the scariest part of being in the US right now is how willing people are to take their opinion as a fact and use groupthink as a form of confirmation. Thousands of people who studied the subject for 8 years and currently work in the field are saying one thing while the other side has Timmy, the YouTube video maker talking to a guy that used to work at company and got fired is saying another. And somehow the thought process is the video is right. That is scary

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

This is what we get for having a culture that promotes walking on eggshells for “sincerely held belief”. We have allowed “belief” and opinions to be platformed up to the level of facts. It’s the same human mental process as religion, and we have made religion unassailable in the USA. Criticism of religion is somehow deeply offensive... because most Americans believe in some kind of magic or another. Well, here are the consequences: credulous & antisocial people with opinions and beliefs are trumping educated & experienced professionals with facts. And people wonder why I’m antitheist...

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

Me at Uni....

Bexxxxx
Community Member
1 month ago

This is SO REAL. I work as the marketing director for a couple dealerships (hired out of sales just because I knew Photoshop lol) and I had to teach myself the job, no one to train me. 2 years in and I’m finally at the “Trust me, it’s complicated” phase :)

albernistuff 4sale
Community Member
1 month ago

Problem is too many people reach the second dot an stop there

Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

I doubt I have ever gone from hunh to I know everything. Is that a thing?? How is that realistic?

Xatia L
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

For some people and in some fields yes. Basically, when someone starts something new they don’t know how much more there is to know.

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Oki
Community Member
1 month ago

The names are the best part! "I know everything" - Mount Stupid "I'll never understand this" - The Valley of Despair "This is starting to make sense" - The Path of Enlightenment

KatHat
Community Member
1 month ago

That is NOT the Dunning Kruger effect. That's the learning pit.

Parmeisan
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it's both. The first part that goes from "huh" to "I know everything" is the Dunning Kruger effect. The rest of it is the learning pit.

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Debbie Burton
Community Member
1 month ago

Me as a parent.... and my oldest is 41

FrankStellar
Community Member
1 month ago

Feeling this in life rn. Excellent.

Aaricia
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm at the 'more than this' stage right now. I will save this picture to keep my hopes up.

Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just life.

Douglas Mock
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1 month ago

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FALSE. That is only a tiny portion of the D-K 'effect'. It only applies to average intelligence. Lesser beings will never learn and greater beings don't need all that self-doubt to just go learn something.

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#16

Interesting Visual About Genetic Similarities

Interesting Visual About Genetic Similarities

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, let's face it, there are many times we feel like mushrooms. Kept in the dark and fed s**t!

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#17

Know Your Wetlands. Posted To A Wildlife Management Facebook Group Probably Posted Somewhere Else Before But Not Here

Know Your Wetlands. Posted To A Wildlife Management Facebook Group Probably Posted Somewhere Else Before But Not Here

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Chich
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I did not know the difference betwixt a fen and a bog

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#18

Tally Marks Are Different Around The World

Tally Marks Are Different Around The World

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Hermione
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this. Had only ever done the left and never thought there were alternatives.

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#19

How Taxes Work

How Taxes Work

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ejfs
Community Member
1 month ago

That is actually really useful. Although I assume the brackets differ between countries.

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#20

Guide To Celsius For Americans

Guide To Celsius For Americans

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

50C still happens in Australia....

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#21

Happiness Chemicals In The Brain And How To Activate Them

Happiness Chemicals In The Brain And How To Activate Them

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Deborah B
Community Member
1 month ago

Physical affection doesn't have to mean people. Cuddle your pet.

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#22

I Spent Forever Looking For A "Grid Pattern" Shirt Before I Found This

I Spent Forever Looking For A "Grid Pattern" Shirt Before I Found This

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

Gingham looks like it's vibrating.

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#23

Plant Watering Guide

Plant Watering Guide

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ZAPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

Not true. It depends on the type of plant. If it's a deciduous plant, you risk drowning it with overwater / waterlogging. Similarly if it is a succulent. You need to look at the leaf type to determine how much water to provide. Assuming a pot plant: waxy leaves, thicker than paper: 1 cup every three days papery thin leaves, dry/papery surface: ½ cup every two days or ¼ cup every day thick fleshy leaves: ½ cup once a week etc.

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#24

Acronym Guide For Reddit

Acronym Guide For Reddit

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

IANAL, lovely

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#25

The Name Of Things , You Probably Didn’t Know

The Name Of Things , You Probably Didn’t Know

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

Crapulence hahahaha

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#26

Great One If You're Starting To Learn Music Notation

Great One If You're Starting To Learn Music Notation

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't get it

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#27

Saying "I Ain't Doing That For Free" Differently

Saying "I Ain't Doing That For Free" Differently

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry, I'm not doing that for free. Polite and to the point !

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#28

Different Types Of Sleeves

Different Types Of Sleeves

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Auntriarch
Community Member
1 month ago

Doesn't look much like a kimono sleeve

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#29

A Guide To Proof-Reading Marks

A Guide To Proof-Reading Marks

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

*proofreading

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#30

Cool Wavelengths

Cool Wavelengths

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

that lady is immortal

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#31

Here’s For Understanding What Your Car’s Trying To Tell You

Here’s For Understanding What Your Car’s Trying To Tell You

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Terilee Bruyere
Community Member
1 month ago

My son once asked me what the jellyfish meant. High beams, he was talking about my high beams XD (he was 6 at the time).

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#32

Mohs Scale Of Hardness

Mohs Scale Of Hardness

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Jody Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

That 5th one looks yummy

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#33

Figure Out How Much Yarn You Need For A Project

Figure Out How Much Yarn You Need For A Project

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ZAPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

1 yd = 0,914m

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#34

Alternatives To Adobe Products

Alternatives To Adobe Products

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Michelle Carlson
Community Member
1 month ago

Adobe is a racket, man.

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#35

Note

Note

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

One of these ought to be made for medical doctors.

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#36

Know Your Window Types!

Know Your Window Types!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I've always loved a bay widow, would be nice for a good book nook.

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#37

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School By County

The Amount Of Snow It Takes To Cancel School By County

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol I wish we got breaks from school on heatwave days.

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#38

How To Choose Your Colour Palette

How To Choose Your Colour Palette

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ejfs
Community Member
1 month ago

Or....simply wear what you enjoy wearing and f*** anyone else's opinion.

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#39

Map Of The Us States That Pays More Tax Than What They Receive From The Government, Courtesy Of Cgp Grey

Map Of The Us States That Pays More Tax Than What They Receive From The Government, Courtesy Of Cgp Grey

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Limey Cheesehead
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't it amazing that the states that take more tax tend to the ones with the most conservative voters...except Texas & Florida, which was a pleasant surprise.

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#40

Estimated Caffeine By Type Of Drink!

Estimated Caffeine By Type Of Drink!

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

Why did I read the last one as OMG instead of zero mg??

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