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Memory Matrix

Create a two-dimensional table with the necessary number of rows and columns. The rows and columns will contain key course content or topics that students need to “connect.” Students must fill in the blank cells with information that connects particular rows and columns. The matrix format allows instructors to quickly see whether students have recalled information from a reading and if they have organized the information successfully in their minds. One example from an art history class included the following matrix and description:

 

France

United States

Britain

Neoclassicism

     

Impressionism

     

Postimpressionism

     

Expressionism

     

Adapted from Angelo & Cross, 1993

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