October 29, 2009

Quizlet – Straightforward Studying Online


Quizlet aims to make studying fun—or at least a little more straightforward and efficient. Whether you are trying to cram for tomorrow’s English midterm or memorizing vocabulary words for the SATs, Quizlet can help simplify your study session by giving you access to a database with millions of flashcards ready for use. Created by an actual high school student in California, the website gives people of all ages an easy way to memorize information online.

For standardized tests like the SATs and the LSAT, finding flashcards is easy. Simply click on the exam you are planning to take, find the topic you want to study, and click on a flashcard set to begin. You can also use the Browse or Search functions to find flashcards with information on more specialized topics, such as Epidemiology or the Italian Renaissance, for example. Can’t find any flashcards on the topic you were planning to study? Make your own. Quizlet makes the process simple by allowing users to choose a subject and import their own study materials manually.

Study groups can benefit from using Quizlet, as well, since the site gives users the choice to share their flashcards with others or keep them private. And rather than trekking to the library for weekly meetings, study group members can instead choose to review their materials online using Quizlet’s private groups function. Whether you are studying solo or with a group, for a big exam or a minor quiz, Quizlet is a fantastic resource for finding free study materials online.

Practical Uses:

  • Use Quizlet’s pre-made flashcards to study for next week’s Algebra test
  • Create customized vocabulary flashcards
  • Collaborate with classmates when studying for an exam
  • For teachers, give students an additional study tool by uploading classroom materials online

Insider Tips:

  • Allow only certain people to have access to your flashcards
  • Group similar flashcard sets into subject folders
  • Add graphics or images to a flashcard in place of a definition
  • Export the information from someone else’s flashcard set into your own

What we liked:

  • Pre-made flashcards are available for thousands of topics
  • Quizlet group pages make collaborating easy
  • Ability to combine multiple sets of flashcards into one folder

What we didn’t like:

  • Because flashcards are made by users, there is a risk that they could contain errors or incorrect information


Company Info:

  • Launched: January 2007
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Albany, CA
  • Founded by: Andrew Sutherland
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. Another alternative is It lets you create pages in a free-form format. You can break up long lists of fact with sections and headings. You can also add paragaphs, images, and diagrams to pages.

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