We build great learning tools
Quizlet’s mission is to build great learning tools that people love, and that can reach and empower every student on the planet.
Quizlet’s free study tools and apps are currently used by over a million students and teachers a day – from grade school to grad school, language learners to vocational students, at home and in the classroom. Quizlet is used in every imaginable setting in almost every country – public and private schools, religious schools, charter schools, prestigious universities, one room schoolhouses, you name it.
We build study tools, rather than courses or curriculum content. Our users define what they need to learn or teach, and we provide the tools. We help art history majors study paintings, spanish students learn their verbs, and seventh graders learn biology. To date, our users have created almost 40 million study sets, spanning every imaginable subject.
We listen obsessively to our users, reading thousands of feedback emails a week, and doing everything we can to improve Quizlet based on their suggestions. We’re building a consumer brand rather than selling to schools or institutions, so students and individual teachers themselves are our customers. They tell us how Quizlet enables them to achieve and succeed, and also how we can do better.
And we have fun building Quizlet - visiting classrooms regularly, for example, to talk to students and teachers and see Quizlet in action. Or holding ‘hack nights’ to come up with new ideas for great study tools and features that can power learning in the future.
What We’re Building
- #101 visited website in the U.S.
- #3 free education iPhone app
- 7,953,307 study sessions today
- 38,137,968 study sets
A hundred million people have already used Quizlet, but we feel like we’re just getting started.
Quizlet today is a global educational utility, featuring tools that improve significantly on their paper counterparts (flashcards, matching games, multiple choice tests, worksheets etc), much as Google Maps improved on the basic paper map. These tools help students with things like memorization and recall of key concepts, and basic practice in everything from vocabulary to math to language learning.
Replacing paper is a good start, but our larger goal is developing software that enables students to learn and teachers to teach in ways never previously imagined.
We’ve deployed sophisticated audio technologies, for example, enabling our users to record their own voice on Quizlet or hear native-speaker-quality text-to-speech audio in 18 languages. While great for auditory learners, language learners and teachers, these capabilities also turn out to be useful in surprising ways - for studying everything from jazz to frog calls to math formulas. Every feature we add immediately makes all the study material ever created on Quizlet even more powerful.
Our ambitious roadmap includes enhancing Quizlet with everything from tools for specific domains (e.g. verb conjugators and reference dictionaries) to interactive experiences (e.g. multiplayer writing games) to integration with external content and courses. We’re not looking just to make learning faster or more convenient, but to make it more challenging, stimulate critical thinking and help people learn from one another.
How We Started
Quizlet started in 2005 when 15-year-old Andrew Sutherland created it for a high-school French class. He wanted an easy-to-use tool for learning vocabulary. He built Quizlet for himself, shared it with his friends, and it grew from there. From the start he had a clear vision of keeping it simple - making elegant, powerful tools and making them free. Andrew met Dave Margulius, Quizlet’s CEO, in 2007 and they’ve been working on Quizlet together ever since. Today, both are focused on enabling our amazing team to build great products.
Quizlet has been built by folks who are passionate about education, and close to education. We have former teachers on our team, and many teachers in our families. We’ve had many student interns over the years (college, high school and even junior high) who use Quizlet in their own studies. And we’ve had the support of great advisors, including lots of teachers.
As a business, we’ve funded our growth from revenue so we’re not beholden to investors who need us to sell the company or charge high prices to generate a quick return.
That’s pretty different from most software companies. We aim to be around for decades and to impact generations of students around the world!
Want to Join Us?
If you’re a student, sign up for a free Quizlet account and check out our study tools. If you’re a teacher or educator, check out our free tools and also our Quizlet teacher subscription ($25/year) with additional tools for using Quizlet in the classroom. Got any suggestions for us? Send us feedback.
If you’re a developer, designer or product person with an interest in building great products and helping students and teachers, check out our jobs page. We’re looking for talented people who want to wake up every morning and go to work on something really meaningful where each team member has huge responsibility and an even larger impact.
Thanks for reading - and study everywhere!