What is Quizlet and How to Use it to Create Interactive Flashcards and Quizzes?

Quizlet is a web tool and mobile app that enhances student learning through a number of study tools that include flashcards and game-based tests. As a teacher, you can create your own class on Quizlet and share study groups with your students. You can either design your own study groups from scratch or search for pre-made ones to customize and use for teaching.

If you haven’t tried it already, Quizlet is definitely a great game-based learning tool with huge learning potential. However, most of the really cool things about Quizlet are offered in the premium plan including the ability to track student progress and create unlimited classes.

The purpose of this post is to introduce you to Quizlet and show you how it works. In doing so, you will learn the following:

  • Examples of how to use Quizlet in your teaching
  • Login to Quizlet: How to Register
  • How to set up a class on Quizlet?
  • What are the study groups?
  • How do you create a study group?
  • How to search for pre-made study kits?
  • How do study groups engage with students?
  • How does a student sign in to Quizlet?
  • How can students study on Quizlet?
  • What is Quizlet Checkpoint?
  • What is Quizlet Live?
  • Is there a Quizlet app?
  • Is Quizlet free?

Quizlet's Guide for Educators

Quizlet: educational activities

There are many ways to use Quizlet in your teaching. For example, you can use it to do a formative assessment in your class. You can create polls, surveys, or game-based quizzes to test students’ understanding of a concept you taught them. You can then analyze their responses to identify areas where learning problems occur and where individual intervention is needed. Also, based on your analysis of student feedback, you can modify your teaching strategies, and customize your lesson plans in order to more effectively address student learning problems. Other similar tools that can be used for game-based formative assessment include Kahoot, Blocket, Quizizz and Quizalize.

You can also use Quizlet in language learning to enhance students’ vocabulary and enhance their general understanding of the target language. Create interactive flashcards that focus on specific language terms and invite students to work on them individually or in groups. Or delegate this task to students and let them create and share flashcards with each other while observing the whole process.

Another key area to target with Quizlet is learning the grammar. Create tests where students are asked to use their grammatical knowledge of the target language to answer questions correctly. This way, students will practice their grammar and hone their writing skills.

Quizlet can be used across a variety of subjects. For example, math and chemistry educators can draw on Quizlet’s game principles to make it easier to learn abstract and complex scientific concepts. Quizlet editor includes a variety of symbols, signs, and mathematical calculations that can be easily integrated into study groups. Science teachers can use chart sets to create labeled images and illustrative visuals to explain hard-to-digest scientific processes. Similarly, social studies teachers can create flashcards and game-based quizzes to test students’ geographic and historical knowledge, etc.

Log in to Quizlet

To be able to get the most out of Quizlet, you need to open an account. You have different recording options to choose from. You can sign up with your Facebook, your Google account, or a dedicated email and password (Personally, I don’t want to link my social media accounts to other platforms). Once registered, log in to start creating and sharing study groups.

How to set up a class on Quizlet?

You can easily create classes on Quizlet and add students to them. To create a class:

  • Sign in to your Quizlet account
  • Click Classes and select Create Class
  • Type a name for your class and a description
  • Check if you want to allow students to add new study groups and members (you may not need to enable this feature)
  • Select a school and click Create Class.

Once you have your class created, you can start sharing study groups with your students. You can either add an existing study group or create a new one. When you add study groups to your class, you can choose whether or not you want students to be able to edit them by clicking Allow Class Editing.

What are the study groups?

There are two types of study groups: a list of terms with their corresponding definitions, and a group of questions with their corresponding answers. A study set can include the following items: text, images, graphs, and recorded audio. Chart sets are interactive images that you create by adding optional terms and definitions. You can only add one diagram image per group. Also, the charts are only available to premium subscribers.

How do you create a study group?

To create a study group, log into your Quizlet account, and click Create. Type a title and description and then enter the definition pairs of terms. Often times, when you start writing your own terms, Quizlet makes suggestions based on study groups submitted by other users. If the suggestion matches your term, click it to add it. The same with the addition of tariffs. You can also add images to your study groups by clicking on the image button on the right side. Quizlet provides photo suggestions to include or you can simply upload your own. There is also the possibility to import term definition pairs using Word, Excel or Google Docs.

How to find study groups

You can search for publicly available pre-made study groups in the Quizlet Library. Simply go to Quizlet’s homepage, select Search, type your query and hit Enter. Use filters (eg, infographic groups, classes, textbooks, courses, or users) to narrow your search. When you find a study group you want to click on its title to make a copy to edit and share with your students.

How to share Quizlet study groups?

Once your study group is ready, you can access various sharing options including: send it directly to someone using their email address, share through the link generated, share directly on Google Classroom, share on Remind, among others.

Quizlet Student Login

Here’s how students can join your class. From within your class, click Members from the top bar. Next, copy the generated link and share it with the students. Anyone who clicks on this link can automatically register and join your class.

The second way students can join your class is by requesting to join. To do this, students go to your Quizlet (teacher) profile, select the class they want to join and click Request to join that class. You’ll get a notification when they do and you can give them access to your class.

How can students study on Quizlet?

When you share study groups with students, they (students) have 8 ways to work on them: five study modes and three activities/games.

The study modes are:

The five study modes that Quizlet provides are:

  • Putting flashcards: Students review terms and questions with flashcards in the same way they would with a standard flashcard tool such as Easy Notecards.
  • Learning mode:Answer the questions that get progressively more difficult. This study mode creates a personalized study sequence based on your familiarity with the content and helps you master everything you need to know.”
  • Writing mode:Students answer the questions by writing.
  • spelling mode: Students write the words and definitions they hear. This is especially useful for studying spelling or practicing a new language.
  • Test mode: Students answer different types of questions.


The game activities offered by Quizlet are:

  • match: In this game, “students race against time to match terms and definitions as fast as they can.”
  • gravity: Students write “Answers quickly to prevent asteroids from colliding with your planet. As you progress through the levels, the asteroids begin to fall faster. This game is currently available on the website only.”

What is Quizlet Checkpoint

Checkpoint is a fun way for teachers to conduct quick formative assessments in the classroom. “These quick activities provide rich feedback to inform future lesson plans and offer a quick way to engage students with the material in real time.”

What is Quizlet Live

Quizlet Live is a collaborative classroom game to use with students to enhance their learning. Quizlet Live supports two game modes: Teams mode (students play in randomly assigned groups) and Singles mode (students play against each other). See the Quizlet Live guide to learn more about how to use it with your students.

Is there a Quizlet app?

Is Quizlet free?

Quizlet offers both free and premium plans. The free plan is limited in terms of the features it provides. The premium version offers more features including the ability to track student progress, create an unlimited number of classes, scan documents to create study groups, access solutions from over 10,000 textbooks and many more.

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