What is Quizlet?

To get an idea of what Quizlet is and how you can use it, please watch the short introduction video below

Creating an account

1 Go to www.quizlet.com

2 The first time you use Padlet, click ‘Sign up’ (1) and follow the instructions below. In future, you can simply click ‘Log in’ or ‘Google Sign In’, depending on how you register(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). The benefit of this is that you don’t need to remember another ID and password. Alternatively, you can add an email address and password (2) and click ‘Sign up’ (3).

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Users of gmail and facebook may have to agree to certain terms and conditions. Don’t worry, you can accept these.

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4 Whatever method you choose, Quizlet will ask you for your date of birth and assign you a username. It will then ask if you want to spend money and upgrade to their premium service. For classroom purposes, you can save money and click ‘Or continue to free Quizlet’ (NB: you and your students will see adverts on the right of your screen if you choose the free version).

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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 study sets. There will be very little there when you first sign up. To create a new word set, click ‘Create a Study set’.

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2 Use the box (1) to give your set a name. Then click English in both terms and definitions (2 & 3).

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3 Type the word you want to define in the ‘Terms’ box. You can type your own definition in the box, but you can also access pre-made definitions from other Quizlet users. To do this, click on the magnifying glass symbol.

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4 Use the side button (1) to scroll through the definitions that appear. From the list that appears, click the definition that most closely matches what you want (2). It will automatically fill the definition field in your study set, but can still be edited.

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Alternatively, you can add images to definitions by clicking on the image symbol.

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Use the search box to find an image for your term (you may sometimes need to be a little creative with your search).

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Click on the image you want to include in your set.

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5 Quizlet automatically gives you five fields to complete. To add more fields, click the + sign.

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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 and 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.

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Editing your study set

To make changes to your study set at any time, click on the pencil on the right-hand side of an individual term to edit it (1), or click ‘Add or Remove Terms’ (2) to expand the set or delete terms.

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Using the study set with students

Once you’ve shared the study set with your students by copying and pasting the link, 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 to flip’ to move back and forth between the term and definition. The arrows (2) 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 type the term in the box (1) and click ‘Answer’ (2). The program tells them if their answer is correct or incorrect and keeps a score in the coloured boxes on the left.

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Speller

1 Ask students to click ‘Speller’.

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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 Using the boxes on the right (1), students can set what kind of questions they answer. If there are written questions, we recommend ensuring that ‘Definition’ is selected so that students aren’t required to remember the exact phrasing of the definition. When they have made their selections, they click ‘Create new test’. A handy feature for teachers is to turn this into a paper test by clicking ‘Print test’ (2).

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Scatter

1 Ask students to click ‘Scatter’.

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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 ‘Definition’ so they don’t need to remember exact wording.

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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.

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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 and click ‘Join or create a class’ on the left.

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2 Type the name of your class (1) and click ‘Create this class’ (2). Then click ‘Create class’ in the pop-up that appears.

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Adding material to a class

1 Click ‘Add a set’ or ‘Add a study set’.

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2 In the pop-up box that appears, click on the pre-existent set that you want to add to the class. Alternatively, click ‘Create a new set’ at the bottom to create a completely new set.

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Adding students to a class

1 Click ‘Add members’.

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

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