Quizlet

 

Learning(i)

Millions of user-generated flashcard sets; some can be iffy.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Simply enter a term to search millions of flashcard sets or type in a username to search for a specific person's sets (a teacher or fellow student, for example). Then choose from three different modes of play: Cards, Learn, or Scatter. Some sets have audio, which is also easy to use; simply tap the speaker icon to hear the terms spoken.

Violence

Some of the online flashcard sets may reference violence or contain violent images.

Sex

A few of the online flashcard sets reference sex or contain sexual images, either in academic or lurid contexts.

Language

Lots of swear words in other languages sets of flash cards. Some user-submitted online flashcard sets contain swear words such as "s--t," "bitch," etc. A few words, such as "f--k," are automatically represented as ****. These words are often used in the title of the flashcard set to insult a teacher or assignment.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the user-submitted online flashcard sets reference drugs, including with some photos, but this is usually in an academic context.

Privacy & safety

Tweens and teens can use Quizlet to access the online flashcard database without logging in or creating an account. In order to sign up for an account (the app gives the option to do so), users can log in with Facebook or submit a new username and password along with their birthdate and email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Quizlet is the companion mobile app for the website, http://quizlet.com/. With the Quizlet app, tweens and teens can search an online database of more than 13 million user-created flashcard sets. Some sets are less educational than others and may contain inappropriate language and mature content. This app is free, and the content varies from highly useful to useless. The app is only for reviewing flashcards; teens must use the Quizlet website to create their own sets.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • geometry

Science

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geology
  • physics

Social Studies

  • geography
  • government
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Quizlet is not the most dynamic study app, but if a kid needs a set of flashcards to study general topics, it works. The three modes of play provide some variety in study methods, which helps engagement.

Learning Approach

With a database of more than 13 million flashcards, kids gain access to cards on a wide variety of topics. Some sets are less educational than others and may contain inappropriate language or mature content.

Support

This app is only for reviewing flashcards; teens must use the Quizlet website to create their own sets. Some sets have audio, which is easy to use.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Math

  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • geometry

Science

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • geology
  • physics

Social Studies

  • geography
  • government
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Kids can study a wide variety of topics in language arts, math, science, social studies, and more with Quizlet's database of over 13 million flashcards. By studying the flashcard sets, teens and tweens can review concepts prior to a test and identify their strengths and weaknesses in different subject areas. Quizlet can be a good, free study tool if kids take the time to choose accurate and appropriate flashcard sets.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

What's it about?

Tweens and teens search for a flashcard set by subject or username, and the app retrieves a list of relevant sets. They choose a set from the list, then select from three modes of play: study with traditional cards (Cards mode), type in answers (Learn mode), or play a matching game (Scatter mode). Most flashcard sets are text-only, but cards can include images, diagrams, or audio.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

QUIZLET isn't the best looking or most dynamic study app, but if a student is looking for a set of flashcards to study general topics like U.S. state capitals or the periodic table, it will help get the job done. The three modes of play give students some variety in study method, which is nice. And when combined with the Quizlet website, where students can create their own flashcard sets, the app can be a solid review tool.

However, tweens and teens should remember that the Quizlet website allows anyone to add flashcard sets to the database, which means some sets might have inappropriate or incorrect information. Users should beware and choose carefully.

Families can talk about...

  • Check the accuracy of the flashcard sets your kids choose to study.

  • While cards that include profanity or inappropriate content are not the norm, it may be helpful to search and check for appropriate flashcard packs for younger kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 5, 2012
Category:Education
Size:4.20 MB
Publisher:Quizlet LLC
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written bydaniw1678 October 6, 2014
age 15+
 
LEARNING

Quizlet Review-Williams

Creating an account for Quizlet is free. With your account, you gain access to all of the study sets and activities. The only thing that costs money is if you’re a teacher and you want a subscription. It is $25 a year but it’s without a doubt worth it. With this subscription you can set up a class and you are able to view your student’s progression and score. You can also use voice recording, upload your own images, and create unlimited classes. Quizlet is extremely user friendly and easy to use. Creating sets is very basic and self-explanatory. They make it very convenient for students and teachers to look up sets and make them. The different capabilities you have to study are extraordinary. “It’s free (advertising pays the bills), and it wins “convenience points” because you don’t have to register to use their flashcards. Just hop on the site and start studying!” (Sophia, “Resources for Teachers”). You can look over flashcards, type words in a blank, be quizzed on your spelling, and also set up tests for yourself based on the material you have. On top of that they have two games which incorporate the material you are trying to study. “If kids get tired of straightforward flashcard review, they can switch to a game or create a test. Still, the site's emphasis on memorizing terms and definitions is fairly dull” (Common Sense Media). Although it is a very effective study site, a lot of reviews say that Quizlet lacks depth. However, it is very hard to make flashcards more entertaining than Quizlet does. Some may see it as dull, but you have to remember, it’s a study website. How exciting can it be? Its purpose is to provide students and teachers with a multitude of information to make them more successful, and they do a great job at that. It is beneficial for students and teachers because Quizlet provides much more effective study techniques than just using worksheets. It also saves teachers a lot of time. Instead of spending hour coming up with test questions and formatting a test, they have thousands of great test questions at the palm of their hands. “I have used this web site to compile spelling lists for my students, as well as to show them how to make flash cards for studying. I also really love the fact that it has automatically graded quizzes and games that can be played for some friendly competition” (Nettleton, Quizlet). This is also useful to students because a lot of what will be on their test is already online. So by reviewing a few of the sets, you have a good chance of knowing beforehand what the test questions will be. It is not as beneficial for the professional setting. If your work requires you to memorize things, like being translator or having to memorize paintings for a museum, than it can be very beneficial. However, its main impact is in the academic setting. I use Quizlet often for school; in fact, it is even a required portion of my grade in some classes. I really enjoy the different capabilities it gives you and how easy it is to access. You never have the problem of forgetting your flashcards at home, or not having the necessary worksheets to study. As long as you have an internet connection, you’re set. It makes studying almost fun! I think it is a great resource for teachers to be able to set up classes for their students and I have fully taken advantage of using other people’s sets to study for my history tests. It is a great education resource and I would highly recommend it to all students and teacher who want to further their
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Adult Written byHellomyfellowpeople December 8, 2014
age 8+
 
LEARNING

11+ Really?

I have used quizlet throughout the school year and it is the most helpful tool ever! There is no Iffy content on it and it is meant for children. I say 7+.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Teen, 16 years old Written bymatties October 3, 2014
age 7+
 
LEARNING

Quizlet ROCKS!

Quizlet is simply awesome and educational. It enables anyone to study whatever they want! Signing up is not only easy, but FREE. All it takes is an email, or a Google/Facebook account. Quizlet is used in every imaginable setting and is essential to both education and business. Its purpose is to help students with things like memorization, recalling key concepts and basic practice in everything from vocabulary to math to language learning. They have flashcards, games to practice, and tests to check your learning. Before I became a user of Quizlet I read up on reviews myself and everything I read on it was nothing but positive feedback, so here I am providing another positive review. It is one of the best flashcard sites/apps that I have ever used. For someone who is interested in using Quizlet, I can't think of anything that I could say to turn you away from doing so.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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