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Training game for content revision

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I am looking for a very specific type of training game.  I provide content-heavy training, covering a lot of law and procedures.  At the end of the training, I like to do a fun quiz to revise what we have covered.  Recently I have been using a form of bingo to do this, but now I need something new for people who have already played the bingo.

The game needs to have these features:

  • an ability for me to add my own content-based questions
  • a playing card or similar for each delegate - it needs to be individual rather than a group game, as I need to be able to assess individual understanding
  • a mechanism for deciding a "winner" (or several) so that I can award little prizes.

Bingo works well: each player has a (different) card with 25 answers on it, I ask the questions, anyone who has the answer on their sheet can cross it out, anyone who gets five in a row gets a prize.

Can anyone think of another game that I could adapt in this way?  I'm happy to put in the time to do the adaptation, as long as the underlying structure is right.  I'm tempted by snakes and ladders, but can't see how to make it individual.

Or has anyone else found a fun (non-computer-based) way to revise session content?

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions.

5 Responses

  1. Powerpoint Games

    Ive adapted my own powerpoint version of ‘Deal or No deal’ which works very well with my delegates, search powerpoint training games in google and a few sites should appear…you can always use them as a skeleton to devise your own versions of them.

     

    D ūüôā

  2. game suggestions

    ‘Missing words’ is a simple exercise i use to revise subjects within groups. You write 10 or 15 sentences (or exam answers if relevant) that are relevant to the course/subject on a couple of flips. Each sentence contains missing words. The missing words are written onto seperate post-it notes which are then randomly distributed throughout the group. They then stick the post-it note word into the missing word on the flipchart sentence. You can give them hints if they start to make big mistakes – it’s up to you how tough you want to be! It’s acts as a good energizer review session after lunch or as a break after a academic session.

    Another alternative is producing about 10xA5 (i.e. half A4) size cards with say 5 or 6 incorrect statements/info on one side and the relevant correct statements on the other. As groups or individually they have to place all of the cards on the table with the correct information face up.  If you get the cards laminated they last forever.

     

  3. Games ideas

    Some ideas on games:

    • Use currency and bidding games. Ask individuals to bid on something using money (say Monopoly money) and at the end the group with highest amount of money wins. This structure is useful for creating competitive exercises.
    • Give a number of questions to some people and answers to others and ask them to find each other to match questions with answers.
    • Use questions answer sessions between small groups. For example, one person in a group has an idea in mind (or given by the trainer) and the other person should repeatedly ask questions to find out the content. This helps the questioner not only to practice asking questions (and encourage them to ask open questions) but also think about all the potential concepts in the course and in the process remember them all.

    Similar to these, you can obtain free games, exercises and training resources here which can help you in your quest for more games.

    Hope this helps

    Ehsan Honary

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