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A strong vocabulary is critical to student success, not just in reading but in all subject areas. Research shows that as students have multiple encounters with a word in an authentic context, they come to a better understanding of what it means and how to use it, but sometimes you just need some good old-fashioned memorization. Quizlet puts a high-tech spin on the traditional flashcard.
Create your free account on http://quizlet.com/ or by downloading the mobile app. Then, create your own sets of flashcards by typing in the term and definition. (Use the website for adding images and audio.) Don’t feel like creating your own cards? Search thousands of sets created and shared by other Quizlet users. Even if it’s not exactly what you need, you can add or delete individual cards from a set to create one that is perfect for you.
With your “flashcards” in hand, the fun begins. Quizlet provides numerous ways for students to learn and practice their vocabulary. You can start with a traditional card-flip, or Quizlet will shuffle the cards for you, read the word aloud, and even let you decide if you want to start with the front or the back. The website also offers more options for learning and interacting with your cards, such as an auditory test and an option to generate a written quiz where the teacher decides the number and type of questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc.). If you’d rather play with your words, Quizlet offers several games. Through the mobile app, you can play a matching game, but the website also offers Scatter (a timed organization game) and Space Race (an arcade-style game where you destroy the words by typing in the definition).
As you interact with the cards, Quizlet keeps track of your progress, noting the number of times you’ve attempted certain words and whether they were correct or incorrect. With this information, you can study more efficiently by just reviewing the words with which you struggle most. You can also “star” words that you think need more attention, and Quizlet will pull just those words for you to study as well.
Card sets can be created by parents for their students to use, or created by students for other students to use. Once the cards are created (either through the app or the website) they can be downloaded to a mobile device for offline use anywhere.
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