At the end of every semester, I would have my students study the same redundant way from year to year. I took the packet of questions that correlates to my benchmark, created a similar packet, and handed it to my students. We slowly went through all the questions until we got close to the end of the semester. We finish up just in time for their final semester exam. Last year I took a different approach. I did not reinvent the wheel. I just took what I was already doing and added some tech.
Use Google Slides for Review
Having students collaborate on Google Slides is a great way to engage students in studying for benchmark exams.
Google Slides and other Google drive apps allow for real time collaboration. My thought process here was to let us work as a large team to create a study guide instead of everyone studying individually. I took my trusty ol' packet of questions and created a slide for every single question. Once the questions were in their respective spots I shared the Slides presentation with my students and had them jump to their respective slide. Each team was responsible for creating one slide that taught the process for solving that given question. What was even better about this was that at the end of the activity we had a full fledged study guide which I posted on Edmodo. My students could now review as much as they liked.
Hangout with another Teacher
Why not try using a Google Hangout with another teacher in your subject content area. Have some questions prepared and advance. Try playing Jeopardy style and see which class can answer the most questions correctly.
I have written about this topic with my friend and colleague, John Stevens, here. This was a fun little project that we undertook that went really well. We created a college basketball type bracket with our students, take a look at the results here.
Essentially we used our iPads and several Google Hangouts to have students compete against each other. John's class was 8th grade Algebra, and my class was 9th grade Algebra. I felt my students were really motivated and eager to get to the competition. I was still using the questions from the Benchmark study guide but my students had a very motivating reason to finish: "not losing to an 8th grader". The more prepared they were, the better their chances were in the competition. Below you will find the end result of our little experiment.