Friday, August 5, 2011

Top 3 tips for simpler graph analysing

This one is particularly dedicated to all my friends facing trouble in analyzing and solving graphs.
How and what to compare in the graph is a major problem for many.
Practically, if you know what to compare, you will be able to write a great report/explanation on that graph.

Here are the 3 tips:

1. Check out for the Maximum and Minimum values first.
In every graph (except flowchart and pictorial), there will always be one particular category which will be the most, and one category which will be the least. So this becomes a main point to elaborate.

2. Check for similar or same values.
Chances are that one particular category will have approximately similar or even the same values. In such cases, simply mention them together in the same line.

3. Only report the main features.
For example, there are values - 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
If you start comparing all 10 values, chances are you may exceed the word limit, specially if there is another set of values to compare along with this one. So, you should report only the main features like the rise, decline, constant trend etc.

Ofcourse, there may be many more ways to make analyzing simpler. But these are the top 3 tips I give to my students.
Remember, the more you practice, the easier the analyzing would become.

All the best. :-)

Your friend,