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.

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Opossums Are Our Friends

Opossums Are Our Friends

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How To Treat People With Dementia

How To Treat People With Dementia

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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."

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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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Simple Trick For Calculating Percentage

Simple Trick For Calculating Percentage

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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.
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The 3/3/3 Rule

The 3/3/3 Rule

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

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

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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.

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Don't Overshare Information

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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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Different Street Light Designs To Minimize Light Pollution

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A Guide To Cat Body Language

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Why You Shouldn’t Give Up When Starting Something New

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Interesting Visual About Genetic Similarities

Interesting Visual About Genetic Similarities

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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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Tally Marks Are Different Around The World

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How Taxes Work

How Taxes Work

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Guide To Celsius For Americans

Guide To Celsius For Americans

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Happiness Chemicals In The Brain And How To Activate Them

Happiness Chemicals In The Brain And How To Activate Them

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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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Plant Watering Guide

Plant Watering Guide

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Acronym Guide For Reddit

Acronym Guide For Reddit

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The Name Of Things , You Probably Didn’t Know

The Name Of Things , You Probably Didn’t Know

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Great One If You're Starting To Learn Music Notation

Great One If You're Starting To Learn Music Notation

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

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Different Types Of Sleeves

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A Guide To Proof-Reading Marks

A Guide To Proof-Reading Marks

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Cool Wavelengths

Cool Wavelengths

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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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Mohs Scale Of Hardness

Mohs Scale Of Hardness

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Figure Out How Much Yarn You Need For A Project

Figure Out How Much Yarn You Need For A Project

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Alternatives To Adobe Products

Alternatives To Adobe Products

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Know Your Window Types!

Know Your Window Types!

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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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How To Choose Your Colour Palette

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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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Estimated Caffeine By Type Of Drink!

Estimated Caffeine By Type Of Drink!

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Is That A Crow Or A Raven? Now You’ll Know

Is That A Crow Or A Raven? Now You’ll Know

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The Faces Behind The Voices

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I Would Love To Have This For Afternoon Tea!

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After I Said “E As In Egg” To Customer Service I Looked Up This Guide

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The World's Most Respected 'Made In' Labels

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The Deadliest Hunters On Land

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Differences In Wool Fibers Under The Microscope

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Other Names That’s Sugar But It’s Sugar Coated Hehe

Other Names That’s Sugar But It’s Sugar Coated Hehe

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20 Years Of Price Changes In The United States

20 Years Of Price Changes In The United States

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How To Turn Ocean Water Into Drinkable Water Using A Can And Plastic Bottle. Not Recommended Unless You've Found Your Self At A Real Pinch

How To Turn Ocean Water Into Drinkable Water Using A Can And Plastic Bottle. Not Recommended Unless You've Found Your Self At A Real Pinch

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Neckline Guide

Neckline Guide

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Just In Case You Didn't Know How To Pack Your Hiking Bag

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Cable Identification

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Are Your Eggs Still Fresh? Or, “How To Know How Old Those New Eggs You Just Bought Really Are”

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How Panic Attacks Work

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Traditional Japanese Footwear

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Identifying Cloud Types

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Progression Of Palestinian Land Loss Since 1947. It Isn't Just Two Countries With A Border

Progression Of Palestinian Land Loss Since 1947. It Isn't Just Two Countries With A Border

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Precision And Accuracy

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Shooting In Manual Mode – Basic Guide

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Simple Reminder When Walking Pets Or Barefoot Kids

Simple Reminder When Walking Pets Or Barefoot Kids

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Types Of Knife And Their Uses

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32 Products And Services With The Highest Markup

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How Russia Uses It's Land

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Sun Tsu Art Of War Summary

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What It Takes To Move 50 People

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[f18 Math Tutor] One Of My Students Was Struggling With Long Division Today, Wanted To Help Them Out

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Human Memory And Its Duration

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3D Animation Pipeline

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Metric Conversions

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How To Crush That Job Interview

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Futuristic Movie Timeline

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A Guide About Drifting

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What Your Parents Should Have Taught You About Doing Your Own Laundry

What Your Parents Should Have Taught You About Doing Your Own Laundry

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How To Fix Common Sleep Problems

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Passenger Ships 1831 - Present

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Guide To The Anatomy Of The World's Most Popular Sandwiches

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Sporting Physique Evolution

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