Posted at 2:09 p.m., Feb. 20, 2015

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A quick study session:

The "Learn" feature on Quizlet is an easy way to learn some complicated vocab and see which words need extra work, all while standing in line at the grocery store.

Photo by Sam Weaver

Take studying on-the-go with Quizlet

New app makes studying mobile,
combines fun with learning

Today’s on-the-go lifestyle doesn’t pair very well with the demanding study needs of most college students. There seems to be a constant struggle between going out or staying in to study.

Luckily, however, with a little planning, students can now do both. In the car, waiting in line, or anywhere, with Quizlet, studying has become on the go. This app was created by a student for students.

Upon downloading the app or visiting the website, you’ll be prompted to log in or create an account, which is one of the only downsides I’ve faced. Don’t want to make an account? No problem. Simply search for a subject instead.

An account is necessary, however, for creating study guides specific to your class needs. With more than 21 million users, though, it shouldn’t be too hard to find an existing study guide to take advantage of.

Whether you make your own guide, or use an existing one, the activities available are numerous and fun. Once a guide is selected, an initial “study” section, which is exactly how it sounds, is available. Users can read the material for a quick refresher. Both the app and the Web version have the option then to use flashcards to challenge your memorization, a “learn” feature to help you nail the material down, and a matching game for fun.

The flashcards have some great built-in features. You can shuffle the cards, choose which side to see first, and listen to the words. This last feature can be particularly useful when learning a foreign language.

The “learn” feature was surprisingly unique. It makes users fill in the blanks until all the terms are mastered. What I found the most unique, though, was that after one mistake it gave me the answer and let me try again. This sounds like cheating, but the game uses a checkmark system. If the answer was initially wrong, then it doesn’t give you the checkmark, but because it gives you the answer, you won’t be stuck on it forever being unable to remember. Once you get two checkmarks, the term is mastered, and you don’t have to enter it again in the next round. There is also a handy “I mistyped!” button that gives you the checkmark when you make a small mistake, but know the term. At the end of the game, it shows how many times you missed each term. This is particularly helpful when learning tricky vocabulary or a foreign language.

The matching game is a fun way to time how fast you can match terms. 

Website contains more features

The website has three features the app does not: a spelling test, a practice test, and a game called space race.

In the spelling test, the word is spoken, and users must type it. It works a lot like the “learn” feature.

The practice test combines true/false, multiple choice, written responses, and matching type questions. Once the test is completed, users can instantly see their grade, the correct answers and even print the test.

The space race game is fun and simple. All users do is type the correct term before the question passes the screen. It allows users to compete against one another to make learning the terms fun and competitive.

With all these features, I expected creating a guide to be complicated. I was pleasantly surprised when all I had to do was write in my terms and definitions, select the language, and I was done. It was fast and simple. The games and tools were created for me.

Whether I played online or in the app, they updated each other seamlessly. I use the Web version for a more in-depth study session when I want to do more and the mobile version when I’m standing in line at the store, have a few minutes between classes, or riding in the car. It is a great tool for any class.

Another great feature is the ability to join classes. This allows users to study with their classmates, look over one another’s notes, send one another new guides and even compete with one another in games. I found a few Laramie County Community College classes from a quick search, and there are even some from the University of Wyoming and countless other colleges and high schools. I predict this tool will quickly grow in size as more and more students from all over the country begin to utilize it. More guides are being created every minute.

The app is available for free with a “Go Pro” option on Apple and Android devices as well as a website for online users at quizlet.com.

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