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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.
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?
- 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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