Studying for tests can be really stressful. It can be difficult to know where to start: what topics to cover, what study methods to use, and how to study most efficiently with the time you have. When you’re balancing multiple classes and assignments, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed—especially during midterm or finals season.
This back-to-school season, we announced the arrival of the Learning Assistant. A new part of Quizlet Plus, the Learning Assistant involves three new features: study paths, Progress, and smart grading. With these features, you can personalize your studying and prepare for your tests more efficiently and effectively.
Read on for some tips on how to use the Learning Assistant to study for your next test.
1. Use your Progress dashboard to decide where to start
Progress is a great way to get a sense of how you’re doing across all of your study sets. It tracks what you get right and wrong when you study with Quizlet’s study modes. For each set, Progress organizes your terms into three categories: “Not studied,” “Still learning,” and “Mastered.”
Use Progress to quickly assess which sets you still need to learn and where to best use your time. Studying for multiple tests and aren’t sure which subject to focus on first? Start with the sets with the most “Not studied” terms.
For example, it would be smart to first study for my history final, since that set has the most “not studied” terms.
Want to learn more about Progress? Watch this demo on Progress.
2. Save time with a personalized study path
Another way to save time while studying is to use study paths. Study paths can streamline and personalize your studying in Learn mode. Answer a few questions about your goals and initial knowledge level, and the Quizlet Learning Assistant will make a study path that challenges you at the right level and focuses on the concepts you still need to learn.
To find study paths, go to the set you want to study and click on Learn mode. You will be prompted to answer a few questions so the Learning Assistant can customize your study path. With a personalized study path, you don’t have to waste time going over content you already know or answering too-easy questions.
The first question asks about your goals for the set.
If you’re studying for a smaller quiz or a test that doesn’t require complete memorization, “basic familiarity” or “solid understanding” are good options.
On the other hand, if you have a big test coming up that requires you to recall exact terms and spelling, choose “complete mastery.” This will make your study path more challenging and in line with your goals.
The Learning Assistant will also ask you about your knowledge level.
If you answer that all of the material is new, you will start at the beginning of Learn. Your terms will all be in the “remaining” bucket, and you will start with easier question types such as multiple-choice questions. However, if you answer that you know most of the material, your terms will be placed into “familiar,” and you will start with more challenging question types (such as typing in a response or flashcard questions).
Harder question types are most effective for learning because they make you actively practice remembering the material, not just recognizing the right answer.
If you’re unsure how well you know the material, click “Let’s find out” to take a short multiple-choice quiz. The Learning Assistant will randomly pick 12 questions out of the set. When you answer these questions, the Learning Assistant will estimate how well you know the content of the set and pick the appropriate challenge level.
Another benefit of taking this short check-in quiz is the pretesting effect. Learning science has found that taking a pretest and reflecting on how well you know the material before studying can help you learn better.
3. Break down large Quizlet sets with Progress
As previously mentioned, Progress shows you how many terms you haven’t studied yet, how many terms you’re still learning, and how many terms you have mastered for each study set. To break down your studying into manageable chunks, you can click on each of these categories to go directly to Learn and only study those terms.
This is a great way to save time—you can easily focus on terms you haven’t studied before or terms you are still learning.
Star terms by their stats. While Learn mode is a great way to study, sometimes it’s nice to change things up and approach your study material in a different way. If you want to study “not studied” terms in a study mode besides Learn, you can go to the set page and organize your terms by their statistics. Then, click on “Select these terms” to star the terms you want to focus on.
After the terms are starred, you can review only those terms in any of Quizlet’s study modes, and Progress will keep track of how you do. Learn more about starred terms here.
4. Test yourself with smart grading
Smart grading makes it easier to study longer terms and definitions in Learn and Write mode. Rather than answering a definition with its term, you can challenge yourself to answer with the definition—and not be worried about whether your response matches the right answer word-for-word. With natural language processing, smart grading assesses your understanding of the topic: not the spelling and the wording of your answer.
To turn on smart grading, go to options in Learn or Write mode, and change the grading option from “standard grading” to “smart grading.”
Not sure when to use Learn mode versus Write mode? Learn mode is a great way to begin studying for a test. In Learn, you are prompted to practice the terms you initially get wrong until you know them super well. After you have a good sense of the terms, try Write mode to really test yourself and make sure you have mastered every term in the set.
Consider the difference between standard and smart grading. Sometimes it makes more sense to use standard grading. Have a spelling or vocabulary test coming up? Standard grading is the way to go, since it grades more strictly and will grade your responses based on whether or not they closely match the answer.
However, if you are going to be graded on your understanding of concepts—not your spelling—and you are studying terms with long definitions, smart grading is a great option.
Preparing for test day can be stressful, but the Learning Assistant has your back! Quizlet Plus can make your studying more personalized, efficient, and effective. Get 50% off Quizlet Plus the week of September 21 and try Progress, study paths, and smart grading.