Quizlet, The Modern Day Version of FlashCard Studying
Flashback to the times when flashcards were used to study! Actually, they’re still quite popular but with digital media becoming more advance, we now have more online study tools to help us do the exact same thing flash cards did.
Quizlet is flash cards on steroids. It allows you to create flash cards like analogue style flash cards with even more flexibility. It is $19.99 for the Quizlet Plus, but the free edition comes equipped with generous features so you don’t have to worry about spending more of that OSAP money.
As shown above, you’re given the two spots to write. One side for terms, and the other for definition.
In my case, I’ve prepared my study flash cards based on a digital innovations class I currently taking at Ryerson University. You’re also able to have Quizlet read out your written definitions in the free edition! I’ve found that you aren’t able to import any personalized media content into Quizlet in the free edition, so if you have personal pictures or you want to record a voice memo, that’s going to cost you $19.99.
Once you created your study set, Quizlet also comes with the feature of sharing your quiz to other people via. their permalink for your quiz. Quizlet encourages you to share you study set with other people so that everybody can benefit from your amazing set of study flashcards. (You can’t do that very easily with physical flash cards, can you?)
The flashcard function allows you to view your flashcards like physical flash cards! You’re also able to use the arrow keys to look through each flash card and press “Space Bar” to flip the card over. The best part is, this is all in the free edition.
Not only does Quizlet have the flash card feature, it has FIVE other styles of helping you study:
- Learn — You’re given the definition or term and you have to type out the answer. Cool feature about this is if you don’t know the answer, Quizlet will force you to write the correct answer in by letting you copy the answer for memory.
- Spell — You’re given audio of the term or definition, and you have to type out what Quizlet says.
- Test — Quizlet automatically makes your terms/definitions into a series of questions in form of, short answers, multiple choice, true or false.
- Match- Quizlet mixes up the terms and definitions into little boxes and your goal is the match the term to it’s respective definition. Also, did I mention you are timed as well? Neat.
- Gravity — This one is fun but extremely hard if your definitions are long. Essentially, there are astroids flying towards you and you must type the answer in to destroy the astroids before they collide with you. If they do, the game is paused and you’re forced to copy the answer with the answer presented to you. Definitely a great way to entertain yourself while studying.
The various study modes are fun but it is a little buggy if you don’t listen to their instructions since their algorithms are very simple. For example, in the true/false section of the test, the software creates an algorithm, “[Random Definition], [Incorrect Term]? True/False? If you select false, the software will mark that question as correct. The flaw here is that if you write something that isn’t a term, it becomes a little confusing…
In conclusion, I think studying with Quizlet is way better than trying to memorize terms of the notes you took in class. With this method, I am able to practice memorization with mental stimulation of the flash cards and then practice physically memory stimulation with more hands-on studying through Quizlet’s Spell, Test, Match, and Gravity mode.
For those who are interested in a demo, I created 11 flashcards in Quizlet for my class, EID100 at Ryerson University. My study note permalink is: https://quizlet.com/_2sy6zc.