Using Popular Game and Reality Show Formats to Review for Exams

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To review exams, professors often provide basic outlines, review difficult materials, and answer student questions. Students also may practice some exam questions. As an alternative to these traditional exam reviews, professors can create games based on popular television shows, particularly game and reality shows. I feel such games are valuable exam review tools because they make the exam review session unique and fun, most students are familiar with the shows so learning the rules is easy, games promote active student participation, and professors can provide immediate feedback to students. Professors can create their own versions of many popular game shows. Students can play individually or in teams. Here are several examples of games I’ve adapted successfully.

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