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A guide to Quizlet

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Creating an account

1 Go to www.quizlet.com


2 The first time you use Quizlet, click ‘Sign up’ (1) and follow the instructions below. In future, you can simply click ‘Log in’ (2).


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3 If you are signed into either your Gmail or your Facebook account, you can use your ID from those sites by clicking (1) or (2). The benefit of this is that you don’t need to remember another ID and password. Alternatively, you can add a username, email address and password by filling in the details under ‘OR EMAIL’ (3).


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To continue, users of Gmail and Facebook will have to by default agree to certain terms and conditions, including having details such as name/email address/profile picture shared with Quizlet. If you sign up using option (3) above, you will also have to click to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can review these policies to know more, before continuing, but we would recommend you don’t need to worry unduly.


Here is an example from signing in with Google:

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4 Whatever method you choose, Quizlet will ask you for your date of birth and either assign you a username or ask you to create a username. You should also tick the box to say you are a teacher.


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Your first home screen may look like the image below: (1) Find study material, where you can search based on topic/key word/subject, (2) discover popular sets, where you can browse popular materials, or (3) create your own set.


You can also click on ‘Quizlet’ in the upper left hand corner, to get to your main home page/dashboard.


The site will offer the option to ‘Upgrade to Teacher’, which means upgrade to their premium service which requires payment. For classroom purposes, you can save money and just continue using the free version (NB: you and your students will see adverts on the right of your screen if you choose the free version, but it’s really not worth spending the money to avoid this).


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If you search in (1) based on a keyword (I’ve used the example ‘grammar’), you should filter by ‘Price’ to just see the free options. In terms of ‘Type’ of material, Sets, Users, and Classes with those key terms/subjects are searchable in the free version, but Study guides are only available for premium accounts. NB: the ‘Created by’ options are also limited in the free version: the ‘verified creator’ and ‘Teacher’ materials are only available by paying or upgrading.

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After you click on ‘Quizlet’ in upper left hand corner, you’ll see this main home page/your dashboard:


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Creating a study set

1 After signing in, you will see your dashboard, with your username in the top right. In the centre is a list of your recent study sets. There will be very little/nothing there when you first sign up. To create a new word set, click ‘Start Now’ or ‘Create’ (1) (You can also create classes by clicking ‘Create a class’ (2) and you can click on ‘Create a folder’ (3) to organise your sets once you’ve created some.



2 Use the space above Title (1) to give your set a name, (2) to add a description. Then click on both term and definition to choose the language, English (3 & 4).



As you can see below, you can also (1) import the term/definition information directly from a Word doc, etc., (2) change who can see or edit this set, (3) This is the option to flip Terms and Definitions but it is not available at this stage.


(4) click to find out keyboard shortcuts to speed up the process of creating/editing sets.

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3 Type the word you want to define in the ‘Term’ box. Some suggested drop-down options will appear for that term, and you can select one of those to see pre-made definitions from other Quizlet users, or you can type in your own definition. As you type, other suggested pre-made options may appear. Even if you choose the pre-made definition, you can still edit it.


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4 You can add images to definitions by clicking on the image symbol (1), and you can select an automatic option (2) or upload your own image. And the top bar (3) just shows features only available when you ‘upgrade’.



The automatic image results will not always be suitable…


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5 Quizlet automatically gives you blank fields for 5 cards to complete. To add more cards, click + ADD CARD at the end.


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6 When you’ve finished your set, click ‘Create’.


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7 A pop-up box will appear giving you options to share the set with your students immediately. You can close this by clicking the X and can share it later. However, if you want to share it immediately, the easiest thing to do is copy the hyperlink and paste it into an email or your Virtual Learning Environment. If you use Google Classroom, Firefly, Microsoft Teams or Satchel One, you can also share it easily there.



Editing your study set

To make changes to your study set at any time, click on the pencil below the flashcard preview to reopen the set editing page and then click on any term or definition to edit them.


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You can change the order of terms from Original to Alphabetical (1), and you can add/remove terms (2) and edit individual terms/definitions (3).



Using the study set with students


Once you’ve shared the study set with your students by clicking on the arrow and copying and pasting the link, OR by clicking the + sign to add to a class or folder they can use it in a variety of ways to revise and practise the vocabulary.


Flashcards

1 Ask students to click ‘Flashcards’.


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2 Students will see flashcards showing the terms. They can click the card to move back and forth between the term and definition. The arrows can be used to move to the next term.


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Learn

1 Ask students to click ‘Learn’.

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2 Students are given the definition. They have to select from the possible answers below, then the program tells them if their answer is correct or incorrect and keeps a score on the left.


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Write

1 Ask students to click ‘Write’

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2 Students are given the definition, and they have to write the answer. If they say they ‘don’t know’, they are given the answer and prompted to copy it. Their score is recorded on the left of the screen.


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Spell

1 Ask students to click ‘Spell’.

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2 Students hear the term and type it to practise spelling.


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Test

1 Ask students to click ‘Test’.

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2 By clicking ‘Options’, students can use the pop-up box to set what kind of questions they answer.


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It’s possible to choose the range of question types (1). If there are written questions, we recommend ensuring that ‘Term’ (2) is selected so that students aren’t required to remember the exact phrasing of the definition. They should then click ‘Create new test’ to apply the changes. A handy feature for teachers is to turn the Quizlet test into a paper test by clicking ‘Print test’ above the button for options.


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Match

1 Ask students to click ‘Match.

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2 Students are asked to drag terms onto the correct definitions (or vice-versa) in order to make them disappear. The activity is timed and when all the words have disappeared, students receive a pop-up message with their time and place in the overall ranking for the particular activity. This can add quite a nice competitive edge to basic vocabulary revision.


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Gravity

1 Ask students to click ‘Gravity’.

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2 We recommend they select Answer with ‘Term’ so they don’t need to remember exact wording of the definition.


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3 Definitions start to fall as asteroids and students have to type the term in the box. If they get it wrong, or fail to answer, the game pauses and students see both definition and term and are asked to type the term before the game restarts. They have to watch out for red asteroids, if they miss a term twice, they will destroy the student’s ‘planet’.


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Annotated diagram/images

This is now just a feature available only with the upgrade, unfortunately. An additional feature in Quizlet is that you can link cards to photos, giving you the option of multiple vocabulary items on one image. You can browse examples such as this one, a map of Europe with the location of different European Countries:


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To do this, follow the usual steps to create a new set, then:


1 Drag an image from your computer or click Choose an image and find one to upload from your computer. NB: This must be an image in landscape format. Portrait images get distorted.


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2 Once the image uploads, click on the circle (1), then click where you want the circle to go on the photo (2). This circle leaves a hotspot which will be interactive with the card you create. Free users get up to 8 hotspots per image. Shapes and squares are only available to premium users, who get unlimited hotspots.


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3 Type the word you want to teach (1) and click Add (2). You can add definitions or descriptions too if necessary (useful for labelling diagrams in more technical EAP contexts)


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4 If you’ve already made the cards, you can link to an existing card by starting to type the term (1). Choices will appear below in yellow. Click on the term you want to link to the hotspot (2), then click Add (3).


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How to practise using Diagrams


Students have the same options to use when practising vocabulary with the diagrams.


Learn shows the term and a choice of hotspots, where you have to match the different terms with the correct spot.



Under Learn, you can also change the type of activity such as what to answer with, what to prompt with, and question types.



Flashcards are possible for the terms/definitions, but does not include the diagram.


Write asks students to type the term for the hotspot.


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Spell asks students to type the term they hear. The diagram is not shown.


Test asks students to answer a series of questions. This can include a combination of diagram and text, and you have the options at the bottom of the page to change the test or print the test.



Match asks students to click on hotspots and match them to the relevant term on the right.


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Live

To play Quizlet live in class, you need a minimum of four internet-connected devices, a main teacher’s computer screen, and something to project it so all students can see. It is a stimulating team game that can only be set up by the teacher.


1 Click ‘Live’

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2 Click ‘Create Game’


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You can choose whether you want students to compete in teams or individually. And you can choose which combination of prompts/answers you’d like your students to see.


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3 Ask your students to go to quizlet.live and enter the code shown on screen (this code is automatically generated by Quizlet and varies from session to session), or they can scan the QR code and play via the Quizlet app. They would need to download the app first.


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4 When students join, you’ll see their names on the right. Once you have at least 4, click ‘Create game with X number of students’

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5 Quizlet automatically divides the students into teams and names them. If you’re happy with the groupings, ask students to sit together (students also receive the list of their teammates on their devices). Once students are seated together, click ‘Start Game. If you want to change the groupings before students sit together, click ‘Shuffle Teams’.


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6 On the devices, students will be given a definition and a choice of words. Each student in the group has the same definition, but different choices. Without looking at each other’s devices, they should try and decide which word fits the definition and mark it accordingly. Once the question has been answered, they will see the next definition.


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While students are playing, the teacher’s screen turns into a progress tracker like the one below. If students answer correctly, they get a point and move along the tracker. If they answer incorrectly, they go back to the beginning and their score resets to 0. Students seem to engage with the game and appreciate the chance to track the progress of the other group(s) as well as their own.


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Using classes

Creating a class

You can easily create classes to organise your students and study sets more effectively.


1 Go to the dashboard (click on Quizlet in upper Left corner) and click ‘Create a class’ on the left.


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2 Type the name of your class (1) and click ‘Create this class’ (2). You will also be asked to select a school or institution. Then click ‘Create class’.


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Adding material to a class

1 Click the + to add sets.



2 In the pop-up box that appears, click on ‘your sets’ or the + to choose the pre-existent set that you want to add to the class, then you can click to allow the class to edit that set. Alternatively, click ‘Create a new set’ to create a completely new set.


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Adding students to a class

1 Click the people icon at the top to ‘Add members’.



2 Either invite students individually by typing their Quizlet username or their email address in the box and clicking ‘Send Invitations’ (1). Or click ‘Share automatic join link’ (2) and paste the hyperlink into an email or onto your Virtual Learning Environment. Students who click the link will automatically join the class.


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You can add folders/create folders by clicking on the folder icon.



You can also connect this class with Google classroom by clicking the arrow.



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