How I Use It
My English learners and I use Quizlet in many ways. When I create the study sets, I use it for pre-teaching and reviewing vocabulary. We especially enjoy reviewing vocabulary with the addition of Quizlet Live. If you and your students enjoy review games, I have found no tool more engaging and collaborative. However, what I love most about Quizlet is when I allow students to create their own study sets. From informational text passages to novel reading, students create their own vocabulary lists and Quizlet study set, based on their personal academic needs and interests. By allowing learners to create their own lists and study sets, they can list definitions in their own words and enter graphics that speak to them and help expand their vocabulary. We often review with class and play some Quizlet Live. Quizlet can also be assigned for homework and/or extra credit. The activities in Quizlet are excellent, but they need to be supplemented by other group activities, practice and/or direct instruction. In my opinion, it's best used when students are creating sets, although they need to be reviewed for accuracy.
Before they added Quizlet Live, Quizlet was good, but rather lame. After Quizlet Live, students ask to play, not only because it's fun and engaging, but it's also very effective with vocabulary development. Frankly, if it wasn't for Quizlet Live, I would have been seeking another more engaging tool. While there are some interesting features for teachers with the paid version, I have found the free tool to be sufficient for vocabulary development and review. Overall, I think it is an excellent tool and highly reccommend it, but it should not be used as a stand-alone. Quizlet is simple and easy to use. It helps me help students to help themselves. By having student create their own lists and study sets, I am able to meet them at their point of need and most importantly, help them drive their own learning.