How to choose lesson cover images for lesson plans

Why should I use cover images?

Even though your learning materials may be thorough, informative, and helpful, cover images will help catch tutors’ eyes and make your lesson plans more distinguishable. When tutors see visually interesting or compelling images attached to a lesson plan, they’ll be more likely to purchase or download it.

Additionally, a cover image can visually describe a lesson plan, which will differentiate your materials from those with similar titles.

How do I choose cover images?

When choosing cover images, you can select anything you think will describe the lesson plan. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Avoid words. Diagrams, speech bubbles, or similar text can make the image busy. Instead, opt for a clean, bold image and leave the text to the title, tags, and description.
  • Use clear images. Blurry or pixelated images are visually unappealing. Instead, choose a clear and well sized image to communicate to tutors that your lesson plan is well put together.
  • Be general. If you’re uploading a lesson titled “Family Vocabulary for Intermediate Spanish”, you don’t need to limit yourself to a picture of a family tree or a diagram of relatives with the vocabulary terms. Instead, a picture of a family at a dinner table, for example, would communicate the same thing without the necessity of text and diagrams.
  • Avoid watermarks. Watermarks are common for copyrighted images found on Google, but there are plenty of websites that offer completely free stock photos with no watermarks. Unsplash and Pixabay are two great sites for finding clear and compelling images.

Adding cover images to your lesson plans may take a bit of extra time, but it’s well worth the effort to give your resources a clean, well put-together look that other tutors will notice. Take it from us, the extra attention a cover image generates is worth the time you spend creating it!