How to Create a Matrix Chart
This video will explain what a matrix chart is, and the six steps you can use to create one.
How to create a matrix chart.
Are you tired of studying in the same old way? Do you need to review lots of information from a class? Do you need to compare and contrast multiple concepts?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the matrix chart is a study tool for you!
What is a matrix chart? A matrix chart helps you summarize and integrate related information in one place.
You can use Word, Excel, a whiteboard, or a sheet of paper to create a matrix chart.
Here's how to create a matrix chart.
Step 1: Identify two or more concepts with shared features.
[3 symbols appear. Each symbol represents a different concept]
Step 2: Put each concept at the top of a column. Leave the top left cell empty for now.
[A chart with 4 columns and 4 rows appears. Each of the 3 symbols is placed at the top of a column in the chart. The upper top left cell is left empty]
Here we’re going to use an example from political science. We will put three concepts, - capitalism, communism and fascism, at the top of each column.
[The symbols in the top row of the chart change into the words capitalism, communism and fascism]
Step 3: After you’ve selected your concepts or theories, think about the information you should know about each of them.
Step 4: Label your rows accordingly.
In our example, we need to know definitions, key figures, and related vocabulary.
[Cells in the first column of the table are labelled “definitions,” “key figures,” and “related vocabulary.” These terms are in row 2, 3, and 4 respectively. The top left cell is still empty]
Step 5: Think about other row headers that will help you explore the concepts and prepare for exams.
For example, you could create possible essay questions or identify real-life applications.
In our example, we could identify features of current governments that represent each concept.
[In the table, a fifth row appears. The first cell in the fifth row is labelled “features of current governments”]
Step 6: After you’ve decided on your concepts and headings, start filling in your chart!
Review your notes and decide what to put into the chart. You need to summarize to keep your matrix chart manageable.
For more ideas, watch the video 5 Ways to Study with a Matrix Chart.
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