Regardless if you are trying to review math, science, reading, writing, health, or social studies, your goal should always be to try and create something that will generate desire in the students to actually want to do it. If you can do this, the battle is practically over already. For example, since I want to make sure my students get accustomed to reviewing the various math concepts and standards we`ve learned all year, I have them practice regularly. I want them to get to a point where they are so familiar with grade level math content, that solving these types of problems becomes automatic.
Math assignments are taxing, elaborate and huge in number and they demand regular work from students. High school students, especially find them overwhelming due to the complex nature of the sums assigned and the intricate methods involved in solving them. Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and Trigonometry at the high school level involve topics that need focus and good comprehension of the concepts involved in the sums. Solving linear inequalities in Algebra or proving theorems about lines and angles in Geometry is not easy for all high school students. Similarly Statistics problems and graph representations or Probability analysis would be more than the capabilities of many students when they do Math assignments in these subjects.
It is amazing the difference in effort you will get from worksheet to worksheet. Granted the amount of effort may vary immensely from year to year depending on the group of students you have. However for the most part, when a worksheet is needed to help drill down a procedure, standard, or lesson, its effectiveness can and will vary. Therefore it is our job as the teacher to make sure that when we need to utilize a worksheet, we provide the students with one that is as inspiring as can be.