I spend the class before a test reviewing. This can be a very useful day for students or a complete waste of time where nothing is accomplished. I have found that providing a VERY structured class helps students more than just saying: "Work on your study guide for class."
I try to switch activities at least every 15 minutes to keep it from getting stale. Below you will find two different layouts I use to review. The document/files attached are in relation to the first method described.
Example of a review day in class (The PowerPoint is in reference to this layout):
0:00-0:10 Take a 7 minute time trial and take 3 minutes for checking and questions (Kuta has some great resources)
0:10-0:17 Return recent quiz/homework and take 7 minutes to go over (loving my document camera for this!)
0:17-0:18 Stretch break (hope they enjoy the cartoon clips I found)
0:18-0:23 "I have..., who has..." vocabulary game. (See file attached below)
0:23-0:33 Take 10 minutes to go over questions from the study guide as a class (I set a timer to keep this to 10 minutes)
0:33-0:43 4 Corner Activity to go over a concept that students typically struggle with
0:43-0:55 Free study time (work with a partner, finish your study guide, ask Ms. Turbiville a question, etc...)
Another example of a review day in class:
0:00-0:10 Work on your study guide individually with no notes. Highlight problems that you are having trouble with. You may not ask Ms. Turbiville questions.
0:10-0:20 Work on your study guide individually with your notes/book. Make a strong attempt to answer the questions you highlighted. You may not ask Ms. Turbiville. (I want them to learn to relay on what they know so I do not allow students to ask me questions for the first 20 minutes) Solution keys will be posted on the board and they may refer to those.
0:20-0:35 You may work with a partner and ask Ms. Turbiville questions.
0:35-0:55 We go over questions as a class. At the end, I do allow students to take pictures of the solution key.
Educator who loves math and working with students.