Website review by Melissa Powers, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2019


Flexible study aid supports learning at home, at 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. 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 with 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.

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Quizlet is an online database of nearly 300 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 up 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, including featured pay-as-you-go premium content. 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 $35.99 per year, the Quizlet Teacher subscription 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, but it offers a variety of supports for English language learners (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 Learn mode takes data from millions of anonymous 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'll 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 for memorization, 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 site to add to your teacher tool belt.

Overall Rating


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


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


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 classroom integration suggestions.

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Melissa Powers Media specialist/librarian

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Featured review by
Alex P. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Capital High School
Olympia, United States
Team-building, keeping kids moving, and making review fun!
I really enjoy this tool. Students love to practice on their own, and are always asking me to create vocabulary sets so they can practice and review. They DEPEND on this tool. Some students take the initiative to make their own sets. And they absolutely LOVE to play this game in class to review before tests and quizzes.
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Data Safety
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Users cannot interact with trusted users and/or students.
Users cannot interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
Profile information is shared for social interactions.
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Users can create or upload content.
Unclear whether users retain ownership of their data.
Processes to access and review user data are available.
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Data are shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
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