Quizlet

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Millions of user-created flash card sets; some can be iffy.
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age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 21 reviews

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Educational value

Kids can learn about their strengths and weaknesses in different subject areas by using a database of over 13 million flash cards on language arts, math, science, social studies, and other topics. In addition to cards created by other students, kids can make their own sets for specific classes and assignments. Quizlet is great for subjects that require memorization, such as foreign language, vocabulary, geography, and life science. It's trickier to study concepts and critical thinking subjects, but not impossible. Essentially, Quizlet is a decent study tool, but learning is limited.

 

Positive messages

Quizlet encourages kids to take charge of their learning by creating their own study materials.

Violence

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

Sex

Kids may come across some sexual content in an academic context, or inappropriate flash card sets created by other users.

Language

Because anyone can create Quizlet flash card sets, including rebellious teens, profane content does pop up. In addition to swear words in other languages on flash cards,  some user-submitted flash card sets contain words such as "s--t" and "bitch." A few words, such as "f--k," are automatically represented as ****. These words are often used in the title of the flash card set to insult a teacher or assignment.

Consumerism

Users can make in-app purchases of $1.99-$19.99 per item. Each website page shows a single ad that's unrelated to Quizlet, but if you upgrade to Quizlet Plus for $15 per year, the site will be ad-free.

 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some of the user-submitted online flash card sets reference drugs, including some with photos, but they're primarily academic in nature.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quizlet can be a great free study resource for their kids as long as it's used appropriately. It's simple to use to study core subjects, but with 400 million user-generated flash card sets available (that's a lot of info!), some sets are less educational than others, and kids could find some questionable stuff mixed in with the helpful academic material.

 

User Reviews

Adult Written byeruditethewise October 21, 2015

Quizlet

This website allows greatly improved studying!!! It is free and definitely worth your time.
Adult Written bytylerc January 11, 2015

Lacks the ability to rate sets

In concept it's great, however there is no quality control. People can post anything they want and since you do not have the ability to rate, the door fo...
Kid, 11 years old May 24, 2013

Stupid

My school uses quizlet. Horrible quality, boring games that say I get things wrong when I don't, Never saves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 16 years old Written byninjette May 20, 2013

I LOVE QUIZLET

I'm a sophomore in high school, and I use Quizlet all of the time...I love it! I use it for my French vocabulary, and for History, Biology, and other scie...

What's it about?

The QUIZLET website, which is also available as an app, includes text-based and visual study materials. Kids can add audio and images to flash cards and use tools that quiz them, test their spelling, let them import and label diagrams, and advance their progress in a game if they enter correct answers. The Quizlet Learn feature mixes true and false, multiple-choice, and other types of questions and, based on performance, increases difficulty over time. Subjects range from a set simply called "Numbers" to the highly specific "Underwater Diving Disorders."

 

Is it any good?

Quizlet is a basic framework that students fill with their own information. Therefore, its quality depends on the accuracy of the user-created flash card sets. On the whole, they're pretty good, sometimes great, but there are some unhelpful and inappropriate sets floating around, too. That said, Quizlet offers some benefits as a study aid. Its social perks are nice: Kids are able to compete against their friends and discuss sets, and entire classes can share teacher-created sets. The ability to choose flash card photos from Flickr's pool of Creative Commons-licensed photography really adds to Quizlet's efficacy for subjects like anatomy -- and the various modes of play give students some variety when studying.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to determine the accuracy of information found online. How can you tell if the flash cards you choose to study have the right answers? Where can you look to do some fact-checking?

  • Parents can help kids create sets, guiding them on images or text that would be most helpful. Discuss sorting through a large amount of material. How can kids determine the most relevant information?

  • Help your kids create a set related to some of their favorite things. Ask your child if learning things visually makes it easier. How else can you make learning fun?

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: algebra, arithmetic, geometry
    Science: biology, chemistry, geology
    Social Studies: geography, government, history
    Language & Reading: vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, work to achieve goals
    Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Quizlet Go ($1.99 per year) removes ads and provides additional flashcard themes. Quizlet Plus subscription ($19.99 per year) includes Quizlet Go features plus image uploading, voice recording, unlimited classes, additional diagram set options, the "Long-Term Learning" feature, and faster customer service support.)

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