Review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2017


Flexible study aid supports learning at home, school, and on the go

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Pros: From personal study sessions to game show-style competition, Quizlet adapts to your situation.

Cons: May require extra teacher supervision/moderation; user-generated content isn't always reliable or appropriate.

Bottom Line: A quality study tool for learning and memorizing facts; extensions to support higher-level thinking would be a nice addition.

If you need to memorize facts, Quizlet is your tool. Encourage students to use Quizlet on their own time as homework or to create their own custom flash card sets for Quizlet Live competitions in the classroom. You might also encourage your students to create flash card decks to share with the class; this could be a nice way to help students collaborate as they prepare for a cumulative exam or an AP test.

Unlike traditional flash cards, Quizlet could be a great study tool for subjects with a lot of visual or auditory content. Art and science teachers can create detailed diagrams or add supporting photos to data sets using their own images or with Quizlet's large pool of licensed Flickr photography. Music and foreign language teachers (with the Plus/Teacher subscription) can attach live audio recordings to flash cards.

In addition to review, Quizlet Live is also a great way to introduce new content. Because it requires students to collaborate with their teams to select the right answer, students can pool their collective knowledge to deduce the answers, or you can encourage them to do research as they play the game. As your students learn new information, push them to move toward higher-order thinking, using what they've learned from the flash cards to apply, analyze, question, and create. See our Teaching Strategies page, Make Formative Assessment More Student-Centered for tips.


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Quizlet is an online database of over 150 million study sets created by students and teachers. Data sets include both text-based and visual study materials. The range of topics covered on Quizlet is pretty amazing. Students can remix existing sets or create their own. For each study set, Quizlet offers six to nine study activities, including matching and fill-in-the-blank games and timed quizzes. Adaptive learning technology helps students study effectively by offering more difficult questions as mastery increases.

While students can browse for study materials from users around the world, many teachers make and share custom study sets just for their classes. Verified Creators such as curriculum publishers and educational institutions also offer content on Quizlet. There are other great features for teachers, too, including Quizlet Live, a team-based quiz competition that turns study sets into a collaborative classroom quiz game. For $34.99 per year, the Teacher version offers student progress tracking and a variety of customization tools.

Quizlet is super simple, but that's part of its appeal. Teachers and students can browse existing content or upload their own. Just like real flash cards that you make or borrow from a friend, quality can vary, but on the whole, the public content is pretty good. Quizlet is a good tool for any classroom. Not only does it work well on any device, including in offline mode on mobile devices, but it offers a variety of supports for ELLs and students with learning differences. You can click on a word or definition to hear it read aloud or attach voice recordings to flash cards (with Plus/Teacher upgrade). For visual learning, you can add images to definition cards or create custom diagrams. 

Quizlet's new Learn mode takes data from millions of anonymous study sessions and uses study techniques to generate an adaptive study plan to improve learning. If students use Learn in addition to the timed games, they will likely stay engaged for longer than with traditional flash cards. Plus, students will enjoy competing for high scores in the timed study games and against classmates in Quizlet Live. At its core, Quizlet is a memorization tool, so its impact as a transformative learning tool is likely limited. But if you use Quizlet's many features thoughtfully, this is a worthy, flexible tool to add to your teacher tool belt.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Quizlet makes the monotonous task of memorizing facts as engaging as possible through audio and visual components, customized learning plans, and collaborative competition.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

The variety of study modes and the ability to create custom content helps students take ownership over their learning. While Quizlet won't engage higher-order thinking, it can be good for factual learning.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

With audio and visual enhancements, Quizlet offers excellent support for learners of all abilities. The Help Center is very thorough, but teachers should also visit the site blog for suggestions on using Quizlet in the classroom.

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Penelopi S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Academy For Personal Leadership And Excellence
Bronx, United States
Quizlet the review game the kids actually WANT to use
I use this tool as a review for my students and it works well. I like how it has so many options for my students, they can learn in their own pace, the images also make it fun for them and can engage the english language learners. I like it and use it so much that this year I will get the teacher version so I can get results from their tests.
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