The Wonder of Tech welcomes back guest blogger Elizabeth Sexton who previously wrote Best Apps for Successful Students! Today she has written about Quizlet, a free service to help make studying more fun and efficient.
Whether you’re a student studying for exams, a new driver who needs to study the rules of the road, a professional who needs to pass a certification exam, a student studying for a standardized test, or someone who wants to learn a new language, Quizlet can help you use your study time effectively. Quizlet is a free website and app designed to help you learn information quickly and efficiently.
As a high school student, like many, I am constantly asked to memorize massive amounts of information including terms for English, Mandarin Chinese, chemistry, history, and religion. Memorizing is not just for high school students, but often needs to be done in college and in the professional work force. Quizlet is a great website created by a student that allows people to actively engage themselves in learning in a manageable way.
How Quizlet Works
Quizlet helps you study by using flash cards, games, and quizzes. Quizlet tracks your progress to help you see what you have learned and what you need to study more. Quizlet is available in many different languages and includes images and audio prompts so you can learn through reading, viewing and listening.
You can make your own flash cards or use ones that others have created. Quizlet has thousands of card sets available for you to use for free. You can browse through sets by category or search using a specific term.
If you’re studying for standardized tests such as the SAT’s, LSAT’s or any other exam that’s part of the alphabet soup of the application process, check Quizlet for cards to help you study and prepare. You can also find Quizlet card sets to help you study for AP exams.
If you need to take a test for your professional certification, Quizlet has card sets that can help. Check out card sets for bar exams, medical exams, banking, CPA, insurance, teaching, engineering, computer science, real estate and many other professions.
Creating Flash Cards
Creating a new set is quite simple, the Quizlet website will guide you through creating a set of flash cards. You can add images, audio, special characters and other prompts to your flash cards to help you learn.
To make a new set, first pick which language you want to use. This is really helpful, because depending which language you pick, a floating window will pop up on the side that provides special characters that aren’t on a normal keyboard. For example, the chemistry language provides subscripts, exponents and arrows. The math language provides other symbols such as Greek letters, the percent symbol, geometry symbols and much more. The other languages are there for language course vocabulary sets where there are special tone marks or accents needed.
Quizlet makes creating vocabulary cards easy and quick. For common vocabulary terms, you can simply click on the “auto define” button to show definitions that others have used in the past.
You can also add images and audio to your cards. This is especially helpful for people who are more visual or auditory learners, because they can just associate a photo or sound with the term they are trying to learn.
Using Your Flash Cards
You can study with your Quizlet flash cards on the Quizlet website or using a mobile device. Once the cards are created you can use the website to study them. There is also an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The website was built really well to work on the iPad interface as well. The cards can also be printed out.
Other Ways Quizlet Helps You Learn
In addition to flash cards, Quizlet uses other methods to help you learn.
• Speller – Listen to the term that Quizlet reads out loud and type the term on the other side of the card in to test your knowledge of the spelling.
• Learn – See the term, and type the word corresponding to the term being shown. This is one of the most helpful ways to learn terms that have to be memorized because you can only advance to the next term after successfully typing in the correct answer.
• Test – Let Quizlet generate a quiz made up of matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and true/false questions. These quizzes show how you might do come test day.
• Scatter – All of the terms and corresponding terms are scattered on the screen and you drag and drop the terms that go together. This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the different terms you are trying to learn.
• Space Race – This game tests your speed in answering the corresponding term to the word that is moving quickly across your screen. Space Race tests you to see if you really know your terms.
Quizlet is available as a free website and as a free app for:
You can create card sets only on the website, but you can study your cards both on the website and apps.
The service is free and upgrades are available. You can get Quizlet ad-free for $15/year. A teacher’s edition is available for $25/year that lets you create ad-free cards for your students. See, Try a Kinesthetic Approach to Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Roots to learn how a teacher used Quizlet cards successfully to help her students learn.
Quizlet has done a great job of making the process for creating flashcards user-friendly and flexible. I use Quizlet all of the time, because of its many options and ease of use. I am not very good am memorizing terms, but with Quizlet I have been able to remember equations, vocabulary, and other terms for my many subjects. If you’re looking for a new and more efficient way to learn, then try Quizlet, because it might make a huge difference in how easily and quickly you learn.
Do you like using tech tools to help you study? Have you ever tried Quizlet? Do you like the idea of adding audio and images to your flash cards? Let us know in the Comments section below!