I really do think that teacher made reviews are the best. After all, we know what will be on the test :) However, there is something to be said for student made reviews.
First, it gives me, aka the teacher, a chance to see what students feel are the most important parts.
Second, I can find misunderstandings and quickly clarify on the spot.
Third, any time students are creating something, I feel that they learn more.
Finally, if at all possible, I like to steal questions or ideas from them to put on the tests. This way the activity feels more "real" and the students can see I do listen to them. This isn't always necessary as quite often students will hit the nail on the head and ask questions that are very similar to what the test had originally.
Here's one of my favorites because it is so easy and adaptable.
ABCalphabet books (next year I will). However, I did use this super easy review game with an alphabet theme.
I divided the class into three different groups based on what we had studied. This was a literature class so: "The Rubaiyat", Magical Realism, and Things Fall Apart. In their groups they received different worksheets with letters of the alphabet and made review questions based off of those letters.
This could be done without the worksheets making it completely no-prep. Want more details? Read on:
- Depending on how much information you covered make those different groups. These can be very basic, or more complex. In many cases it will be the different units you covered.
- I like to start individually, and then have students pair up, but if you want collaboration right away then assign pairs different chunks.
- Assign each student a different chunk of the alphabet and a topic. You can have this on the board, or just verbally. Since I have them pair up later each chunk should be assigned more than once.
- One student may be given A-H - Things Fall Apart, and other student A-H- Magical Realism, while another I-P Things Fall Apart etc.
- I give the last group (Q-Z) more letters because they are harder, and will be able to skip more in later steps.
- A- What's the word that means really dry? Arid OR Angels in "The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" are thought to look like what?
- For example, All of the A-H Things Fall Apart students will get together, re-word questions, eliminate duplicates, and decide on the seven that they like the best.
- If you have time and technology available, you can have the groups make Kahoots and then play them as a class.