A few times during the school year, I give my students markers and blank paper and walk them through making a study guide for their test. I’ve written about it before, with my post about a Quadrilaterals Study Guide.
Before my students took their test over geometric transformations, got everything out, but made them make the study guide on their own. I wasn’t feeling great that day, and didn’t want to go through with what I had planned. Sometimes, you just have to scrap what you have planned.
I was so impressed with the results! We had talked quite a bit throughout the year about finding the main ideas in their notes and things like that. Not only did they do a great job, but they were quiet the whole period and the grades on the test were sky high! I know that they all did better because they made a study guide on their own.
Here are a few of the study guides that my students made: