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Quizlet

Listen while you read:

Part 1: (to the end of ‘Print your flashcards’)

Part 2: (practise your spellings to play a typing game)

Part 3: (How to join quizlet to end)

Quizlet

What is Quizlet exactly? We start with flash cards. Students can make their own, or choose from millions of flash cards sets created by others. But that’s just the beginning – once you’ve got flashcards, you can use several study modes including multiple choice tests and study games. You can add images and listen to audio, and even study on the go with one of dozens of Quizlet-compatible mobile apps.

From ‘About Quizlet

Parts of this guide

Quizlet has many different functions, so there are a lot of parts to this guide. Click on any of them in this list to go straight there:

Why use Quizlet?

The site is very easy to use and allows you to study the vocabulary you want  to learn in many different ways. You can make your own sets quickly and easily or use sets created by other people. There is a lot of variety and repetition, making it much more fun than traditional lists of vocabulary. You can also use the site to study other subjects, including everything from history to biology and much more besides.

You don’t have to sign up to use the site, but I would highly recommend it. Find out how here.
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How to find flashcards

To help you out, I have created groups of flashcards for different levels of English learners. All of these groups contain only English, sometimes with pictures to help you understand the words.

If you want to study something different, first click on ‘Find Flashcards‘ or the ‘Find something to study…’ box.

Find flashcards

Type in a keyword related to what you want to study, for example “idioms”, and click “Search”.

Search sets

As you can see, there are 1,631 sets, which is quite a lot! To reduce the number of sets and help you find exactly what you’re looking for, click on one of the ‘Subtopics’ on the left.

Search results unrefined

I click on ‘English idioms’ and now only have 428 sets:

English idioms sets

You can reduce this more if you want to by clicking on another subtopic or choosing to show only ‘sets with images’. I like using photographs, so I have chosen to only show the 14 English idioms sets with images. To preview exactly what is in the set, you can point your mouse at the name without clicking on it. This set has English idioms with descriptions in English:

Preview English only

This set has English idioms with translations into Turkish:

Preview English-Turkish

If possible, I think it’s best to study using only the language you are trying to learn, so I have chosen set 1.

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How to use the flashcards

Once you have chosen the set you want to study, click on the title and it will take you to the set page:

Set page

The flashcards show you both the word/phrase and the definition/picture at the moment. Click on the tick next to ‘Both Sides’ in the top right corner to show only the definition and picture.

Flashcards

Read the definition then click anywhere on the card to check the word/phrase.

Flashcards reverse

Use the buttons in the top left corner to make the cards bigger, mix the order of the words or hear the words/sentences being pronounced – it is computer pronunciation, so there are sometimes problems with the stress in the word, but most of the time it is correct.

Flashcards buttons

Use the arrows to move through the flashcards and familiarise yourself with the words.

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Print the flashcards

If you don’t want to use the computer too much, you can print the vocabulary in a few different forms. Underneath the blue box is the word ‘Print’. Click on it.

Print button

Choose what form you want to print the words in (as a list, a table or as flashcards):

Choose mode

If you’re not sure, click on the different forms to preview them. When you’re ready, click ‘Open PDF’:

Open PDF

This will automatically open your .pdf reader (such as Adobe Acrobat or Preview). You can then print the flashcards from there as you would any other .pdf file.

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Practise your spellings

When you think you know most of the words, click on the ‘Speller’ button underneath the flashcards.

Study modes

Listen to the word, look at the picture and read the definition.

Speller

Click ‘replay audio’ on the left if you want to listen again. Above the replay button there is also a menu where you can choose whether the computer should speak fast or slowly.

Write the word/phrase in the box with the correct spelling and press enter/return on the right of your keyboard.

If you make a mistake like the one below (don’t learn this!), the computer corrects you and spells the word you didn’t know:

Mistake

Correct

You can then try again to help  you remember:

Try again

When you have finished, the system shows you your progress:

Speller progress

If you sign up with Quizlet, the site will remember this and you can continue from where you stopped the last time you used the site.

You can continue with this mode to keep improving your spellings, or you click ‘Back to Set page’ in the top right corner.

Back to set page

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Learn the words

Click on the ‘Learn’ button underneath the flashcards.

Study modes

This mode remembers what you do and don’t know:

Learn

Look at the picture, read the definition and write the word/phrase. If you can’t remember it, click ‘Give Up’:

Give up

The computer marks the word as ‘Incorrect’ and gives you the answer to copy:

Sometimes your answer might be only a little different from the computer, so you can tell it that you were right:

I was right

Be careful with this though: sometimes the article can’t be changed or the ‘s’ that you forgot has to be there ;)

If you sign up with Quizlet, the site will remember which words you have studied and you can continue from where you stopped the last time you used the site.

When you fancy a chance, click ‘Back to Set page’ in the top left corner.

Back to set page

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Test yourself

Click on the ‘Test’ button underneath the flashcards.

Study modes

There are four types of question in the Quizlet tests:

  • written: look at the picture and write the word/phrase;
    Written question
  • matching: match the five words/phrases to the correct definitions/pictures by writing the letters in the boxes;
  • multiple choice: read the word/phrase, then choose the correct definition/picture;
    Multiple choice
  • true/false: look at the word/phrase and decide if it is the correct one for the definition/picture shown.
    True or false

Answer all of the questions, then click ‘Check Answers’ at the bottom. The computer will give you your score:

Check answers

Test score

Oh dear! Looks like I need to practise more...

If you sign up with Quizlet, the site will remember your test score and you can try to do better the next time you use the site.

When you have finished, click ‘Back to Set page’ in the top left corner.

Back to set page

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Play a matching game

Click on the ‘Scatter’ button underneath the flashcards.

Study modes

Click ‘Start Game’

Start Scatter

You will see some of the words/phrases from the set you are studying and the matching definitions/pictures:

Scatter

Click on any word/phrase and drop it on to the correct definition/picture. If it is right, the word and the definition will both disappear. You can also drop the definition/picture onto the word/phrase. Which one did I find first?

Scatter after first turn

When you have matched all of the vocabulary, you will see your time and the list of fastest times.

Scatter fastest times

You can click play again and try to be faster. You can see your fastest time in the top left corner, near the Quizlet logo. You can also see your time for the game you are playing.

Scatter: your record time

If you sign up with Quizlet, it will remember your fastest time so that next time you log in you can try to be faster.

When you are ready to play another game, click ‘Back to Set page’ in the top right corner.

Back to set page

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Play a typing game

Click on the ‘Space Race’ button underneath the flashcards.

Study modes

Click ‘Start Playing’:

Start Space Race

You will see a definition/picture. Write the matching word/phrase into the box at the bottom of the page and hit return/enter on your keyboard. If you are right the definition/picture will disappear. If you are wrong, it won’t, so keep trying!

Space race

If you really don’t know a word/phrase, you will see a box with the correct answer for you to copy. You will also lose a life in the bottom right corner:

Space race unknown

For every word/phrase you write correctly, you will get points and go up levels, as well as gaining extra lives. As you go up through the levels the pictures move faster, so you have to type more quickly.

Don’t worry if you’re a slow typer though: the computer learns this and will go more slowly on level 1 to give you more time to write.

When you have lost all of your lives, you will see the high score board. If you want to see your name on it, you need to sign up with Quizlet.

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How to join Quizlet

With Facebook

If you use Facebook and don’t mind attaching it to other websites, joining is very easy.

Quizlet login

Click ‘Login with Facebook’, then complete your information in the pop-up window:

Facebook login

Finally, click ‘Allow’ in the next box which appears.

Without facebook

Click ‘Sign Up’ in the top right corner of the window.

Quizlet login

Complete the information in the boxes and click ‘Sign Up’:

Quizlet register

The next page will tell you about the difference between free Quizlet and Quizlet Plus. Everything I have shown you on this post can be used on free Quizlet. You need to pay if you want to use your own pictures to make flashcards or if you don’t want to see advertising while you are using the site. If you don’t want to pay, click ‘Continue to Free Quizlet’ at the bottom of the page:

You need to go to your email and confirm your email address to remove this message:

Confirm email

When you click on the confirmation link in your email, you will see this window:

Registration complete

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Your dashboard

Once you have joined the site, your dashboard will show you all of the sets which you have studied in the past or which you have created yourself. To see it, click ‘My dashboard’ at the top of the page:

My dashboard

You can click on the name of any set to see the set page again.

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Groups

To help you out, I have created groups of flashcards for different levels of English learners. All of these groups contain only English, sometimes with pictures to help you understand the words.

After you have joined Quizlet and confirmed your email, you can click on any of the groups above and go to the group page. If you want to, you can click ‘Join Group’ on the right to get emails every time I add flashcards to the set.

Join group

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Make your own flashcards

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this is how you make your own flashcards…

Click ‘Make Flashcards’ in the menu bar at the top of the page:

This is what you will see:

Create flashcards

Write a title and a description for your set. If you want to make it easier for other people to find, add some words in the ‘Subject’ box. For example, ‘English’ or the name of the book you found the words in.

Flashcard information

Choose a language for each side of your flashcards. Of course, the language on both sides should be English ;) but you could put translations in the definition box if you feel you need to.

Choose a language

Next, add some words and definitions. If you can’t think of a definition, click ‘auto-define’ and the computer will help you. You could also look at an online dictionary. If you have more than 5 words, click on the ‘Add Row’ text or press the ‘tab’ (->|) button on your keyboard and it will give you more boxes.

Sometimes, definitions aren’t the best way to learn a word – my definitions in the picture above aren’t great! Tick the box next to ‘Add Images’ then click ‘Search Images’:

Add images

Quizlet searches Flickr to find pictures which match the word you typed in the first box. Sometimes these are suitable, sometimes not, so you might have to type different words in the search box to find a suitable picture. When you find a picture you like, click ‘Use this image’ underneath the picture.

Search images

It will then appear above your definition, like this:

Image with text

When you have added all of the text and images you need, click ‘Create Set’ at the bottom of the page:

Create set

You now have a set with all of the words you want to learn:

My flashcard set

If you want to correct a mistake or add more words later, you can easily do this in two ways. In the menu bar on the left, click on ‘Edit this set’:

Edit this set

OR Go to the bottom of the page and click ‘Add or remove terms from this set’:

Add or remove terms

Both of these links will take you to the same page where you made the flashcards.

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Go mobile!

If you have a smartphone or a tablet computer you can download apps to help you practise words on Quizlet.

Go to the bottom of any page on Quizlet and click on ‘Mobile‘:

Mobile button

Then choose your operating system and choose an app. If you have an app which you like using for Quizlet, please tell us about it in the comments.

Mobile apps

I hope you enjoy using Quizlet and find this guide useful!

Comments on: "Quizlet" (7)

  1. Hi Sandy,

    Wow! Totally beyond belief – great detail about all the extraordinary things you can do on Quizlet. It really is a gem. I love the fact is both online and printable. Also shareable so we are in fact creating sets which everyone can use. And of course the gaming.

    I was one of the first on the site and my own library is now gigantic. Love seeing everyone playing the games I made etc… make the world a small place. Students will also be super hyped by the back story to the creation of this site. Started by a student – won’t give it all away but look it up. Incredible story of a student creating a site to learn and offering the world a gift.

    Thanks again for the post about EnglishCentral – didn’t know this blog was you!

    David

    • Thanks very much for that comment :) and for reminding me that I forgot to include how you can print the flashcards – that was one of the segments I meant to have and will add it in now.
      I’ve read the back story, and I also really enjoyed reading the post about the NodeJam competition – looking forward to seeing that function when it’s added to the site!
      I know what you mean about seeing students using your sets. I also love seeing students use the site (and English Central) in our self-access centre when I know they learnt about it from me :)
      Sandy

  2. thanks for helping

  3. jollibee said:

    gFlashcards is very good alternative to quiz let. I use it for my art classes.

  4. Thanks so much Sandy for a wonderful guide. I am new to the idea of using Quizlet, but the students that have used it so far have already said they found it to be really fun way to work with vocabulary.

    I embeded it on Edmodo in the assignment. How can I keep track of who did and who didn’t do it? I thought of signing everyone up in Quizlet. Would that work?

    Thanks again,
    Rose

    • Hi Rose,
      The best thing to do is to create a group, then get your students to join and add them to the group. Then you can look at the student profiles to see what sets they’ve done.
      Enjoy!
      Sandy

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