Suggestions for exam reviews
Although I prefer several short quizzes to a few major exams, there were times when I did longer exams and scheduled an exam review day. I used three different methods to make the reviews interactive:
- Create a study guide: Break the students into groups (I find that random is best) and assign each group a portion of the material that will be on the test. Have each group write a variety of test questions on that material. You can set a certain number of multiple choice, short answer, essay, etc. Collect their questions at the end of class, mix multiple classes together, choose the questions that best represent your plans for the test and type them into a study guide (if you have the facilities, you could have the students type them and e-mail to you). Post the study guide or e-mail to students at least a day before the test. If there are any very good questions, you could add them to your test bank as well.
- Create a game: Like before, break students into random groups and assign each group a section of the material. This time, have them write a set number of multiple choice questions only. Let them know their goal is to stump the other groups. Collect their questions and ask them to the class, letting each of the other groups attempt to answer them. They could answer out loud or you could give each team a set of cards with A, B, C, D and have them hold up a card. Any bad questions can be thrown out and points given to the other groups (an incentive for good questions). If desired, you could keep score on the board and have a selection of candy or similar prizes for the winning team.
- Use a video: Find a video that pertains to the class topic. Again, form groups. Assign topics to each group and then watch the video as a class. Make sure to balance the topics so no one group gets all of the “hard” or time-consuming ones. Have each group discuss applications of their topic to the video amongst themselves, then share with the class. For a public speaking class, Jim Valvano’s “Never Give Up” speech would be a great choice to discuss delivery, organization, etc. For interpersonal comm, the candy factory episode of “I Love Lucy” or selections from Bill Cosby’s “Himself” video would be good choices.