Quizlet.com is an online flashcard service, where users can create their own flashcards or study those already made. It can be accessed from anywhere with a web browser and an Internet connection, which makes it a handy study tool.
- While an account in Quizlet is not necessary to use the flashcards, having one gives you helpful features like customizing symbols/accents, tracking your progress, and access to the discussion box.
- Go to http://quizlet.com, then click on the 'Sign Up' link in the top-right corner of the screen, then follow the steps to create an account. Alternatively, you can log in using Facebook. (If you have more questions about Facebook Connect, see the Quizlet FAQ here.)
- To find flashcards, you can either browse through existing flashcards or search. To browse, click on the 'Find Flashcards' link at the top of the page and then choose a category from the menu on the left. To search, you can either use the search bar in the navigation bar or go from the 'Find Flashcards' page. You can also search for specific users.
- Once you find the set you would like to review, simply click on its link. This takes you to a page with a flashcard on the top and a list of all the terms in the set on the bottom.
- If you can't find the set that you need, you can always make one yourself (though you must have a Quizlet account to do so).
- To make a set, simply click on the 'Make Flashcards' link at the top of the navigation bar.
- You'll need to enter a title for the set, the subject of the set, and a short description.
- You can then choose who can see and use the set: just yourself, specific people (for example, a group), or everyone (including both people with and without Quizlet accounts). If you select 'Only Certain People', you have the option of password-protecting your set, so only people who know the password can use the set.
- You can also decide who can edit the set: just yourself or only certain people. Again, if you pick 'Only Certain People', you can password-protect it.
- Another option that you can set is whether or not discussion is enabled; if enabled, this will let users type messages in a chatbox on the set page about the set (or whatever they choose). This could be helpful for people to point out any typos or errors in your flashcard set; however, Quizlet does not send any notifications if somebody starts a discussion, so you'd have to check back on your own.
- To enter the actual data for the flashcards, you have two options: manual entry and bulk import.
- Manual entry: Manual entry is simple and intuitive; just type in each term and definition into the corresponding column. In this mode, you can also add images to your flashcards by checking the 'Add Images' box and then clicking 'Upload Image.' To add new rows in the list, you can either click the 'Add Row' button at the bottom or simply push tab when you're done typing in the last box (make sure your cursor is in the box).
- Bulk import: If you already have all the flashcard information typed up, however, bulk import is a convenient way to import that information into Quizlet. This isn't done by uploading a file, but rather by simply copying and pasting the data into a text box, so it doesn't matter what kind of file type or program you have your data in.
- To bulk import files, copy and paste the data into the text box, then choose how Quizlet should differentiate between terms, definitions, and new entries. There are two columns above the data entry box that help you do this. One is labeled 'Between Term and Definition', which lets you choose how terms and their definitions are separated: by tab, comma, or custom (your own method). The second column, 'Between Definition and Term', lets you choose how to separate the definition of one card from the term of the next one: new line, semicolon, or custom.
- To make sure the cards turn out the way they should, there is a section labeled 'Your data should look like this', which gives you an example of how the data should be formatted, based on the options you chose above. Quizlet also has a very helpful Live Preview feature. It takes the first few lines of data that you've entered and shows you how it will be separated.
- If everything looks as it should, just click 'import'; this will take you to the manual entry page with all your data already entered. It's a good idea to look through the entries and double-check that they imported correctly; any errors can be fixed then and there (you shouldn't need to re-import them).
- To edit flashcards once the set has been made, go to the set page (accessible by clicking on My Dashboard, then choosing the set to edit) and find the 'Edit This Set' link on the left side of the page. This takes you to the manual entry page, where you can easily edit the text for individual cards. Remember to save your changes by clicking the 'Save' button on the bottom.
- To delete a set, click on the 'Delete' link on the left side of the set page (right underneath 'Edit This Set'). This cannot be undone, so only delete a set if you are entirely certain you will not want it again in the future.
Symbols and Accents
- When making flashcards or using the study and game modes, you may need to type in answers with symbols and/or accents. When you need to insert answers with special characters, you can type accents directly or use Quizlet's symbols/accents feature.
- You can always enter symbols and accents using your own keyboard; visit our accents page re link to learn how to type symbols and accents directly on both Windows and Mac. This may be the best option, since these keyboard shortcuts are universal. However, Quizlet does have a simple symbols/accents feature that you can utilize as well.
- In most of the modes, there is either a checkbox or a link that says something like 'Show/Hide Symbols and Accents'; you will want this checked or clicked whenever you have to type. This opens up a menu of symbols/accents, and to use them you simply click on the right one. If you are a logged-in user, you can click on 'Customize Symbols' underneath the menu and add in any other symbols you want by either clicking on them in the menu or entering them yourself at the top. Remember to press 'Save' once you've added symbols; once you do, those symbols should be available whenever you need them (you won't have to add them again).
By default, cards are set to show both sides at once at first; to change into more traditional flashcard format, simply uncheck the 'Both Sides' box in the top-right corner of the card. This will show just the definition until you flip the card. In this format you have the choice to show the term (what is being defined) first instead (another checkbox in the top-right).
- In the top-left corner, the icon on the left expands the flashcard to take up most of the page; if you don't want to bother looking at all the stuff on the side, this is a good, simple view. To go back to the default, just click it again. The icon on the right shuffles the order of the cards.
- You can navigate through cards by using the arrows on either side or using the left-right arrow keys on your keyboard. To flip the card when you're not in 'Both Sides' mode, you can either click on it or use the up-down arrows on your keyboard.
- Quizlet has two study modes, which you can access using the menu below the flashcard: learn mode and test mode.
- Learn mode: In this mode, you're given the definition and have to type in the term. Along the top, you can choose to switch this; just check the 'Show Term First' box. You can also start over using the link on the top bar. On the right is the grading configuration menu. If you type in an answer that is correct but is counted wrong, in Learn mode you can override that decision by clicking 'Override: I was right' on the right side; this will mark that question as correct in the grading. If you are logged in, Quizlet keeps track of what you miss most, which you can see when you return to the Set Page (there's a link on the top bar).
- Test mode: Test mode creates a randomized quiz of the flashcard terms, with short answer, matching, multiple choice, and true/false questions. You can control the types of questions, grading, and whether the prompt is the term or the definition with the configuration menu on the right. If you make changes, remember to click 'Reconfigure' those changes to take place. You can generate new tests by clicking the 'Regenerate Test' link at the top.
- The game modes are pretty self-explanatory; again, these can be accessed with the menu under the flashcard. They have their own instructions and are relatively simple, so they're a good fun way to review.
- Quizlet is an extremely picky grader; if you don't enter the term exactly as it appears on the flashcard, it will be counted wrong.
- There is a little leeway, though; most modes have a configuration menu on the side where you can choose to have the grading ignore case (capitalization), punctuation, spaces, and stuff in parentheses. By default, grading is set to ignore case; depending on the flashcards, it may be a good idea to have it ignore punctuation and stuff in parentheses as well.
Other Things You Can Do in Quizlet
- Print List: This is found above the list of terms in the flashcard set page and allows you to print out a list of the terms in the set. You are given a few configuration options before you print, such as whether or not to alphabetize the terms and whether to put English or German first.
- Print Cards: This lets you print out a set in a way to make your own physical, two-sided flash cards; just print out the sheets and cut them into the right shape.
- Combine: You can combine sets with each other for studying; this is only available for the Study and Game modes, as well as to print the terms. When you click on 'Combine' from a set page, it will take you to a page where you can figure out what sets to combine; the set whose page you clicked from will automatically be added there. To add other sets, you can either add from your own sets (if you've made any) or search for the sets that we've made. There's no way to search sets by user in this case, so to make sure you find the right sets (made by cborn), they are the sets named in this format: Kapitel xx-x (e.g. Kapitel 1-1, Kapitel 14-2). To add a set to be combined, just click on the plus sign on the right. When you have added all the ones you want to combine, choose what activity to do with those sets from the drop-down menu and click 'Go.'
- Add to Favorites (for logged-in users): If you add a set to your favorites, then it shows up in your dashboard (click on 'My Dashboard' in the top navigation menu) and is easy to find later.
- Discussion: On the right side of every set page is a discussion box; logged-in users can use that to chat. This is also helpful if you find a mistake in the flashcards; just leave a message and we'll fix it as soon as we can.
Of course, there are a lot more things you can do in Quizlet; it's a very user-friendly site, so you can explore and find them out for yourself. Quizlet's FAQ page is also a helpful resource for questions.