Since students will need to review for the final exam, I want to make my expectations explicit and clear. I pass out the Final Exam Study Guide, which outlines the key learning objectives and topics by unit to focus my students’ studying.
After going through the study guide and addressing students’ questions, I then articulate the format of the final exam and give them an idea of how it will be graded and the impact it will have on their semester grade.
Since students are responsible for a year’s worth of geometry understanding, I have to give them opportunities to recall prior knowledge, practice their skills, and apply their understanding. In this classwork assignment, students work through different types of questions—true/false, multiple choice, and open response—to activate their knowledge and to anticipate the kinds of questions they may encounter on the final exam.
Note: Many of these problems are my own, but some of them are from Zachary Herrmann and the Geometry team at Evanston Township High School in Illinois.
The best way to study almost always involves learning from past mistakes to identify why a mistake was made, figure out points of confusion, determine possible strategies to try in the future, and come up with ways to avoid potential pitfalls. I ask students to look through their old materials to find 2-3 essential problems for each of the following units: Polygon Properties, Circle Properties, and Geometric Measurement. Students must identify the essential problems that matter to their understanding, write out the problem and solution, including key diagrams, and explain why they matter.