Whether your classes are online, in-person, or some in-between hybrid, school this fall is anything but normal. Luckily, Quizlet can help teachers help their students succeed, regardless of the circumstances. We asked Rory Yakubov, a math teacher at Old Bridge High School in New Jersey, to show teachers how to get started with Quizlet.
Completely new to Quizlet? If you’re looking for a step-by-step video guide on how to get your account set up and best use Quizlet, we’ve got it!
Watch Rory set up a Quizlet account and explain how she organizes her classes and study sets on Quizlet:
However, we know that teachers often don’t have the time to watch a full video, or would rather read an article. So here are the top five takeaways from Rory’s video on how to best get started with Quizlet as a teacher.
Read on to learn tips from Rory’s video.
1. Choose your username carefully
When making a Quizlet account, pick a username that your students can easily find. Rory made her Quizlet username YakubovMath.
“If they know how to spell my name, my students can easily find my Quizlet study sets and then study them however they want to,” she says.
Rory’s students can either search for the username YakubovMath, or go to her Quizlet user page, which is just quizlet.com/YabukovMath.
There are lots of users on Quizlet, so it’s smart to make sure your students can easily find you and your study sets, not someone else’s account and study sets. Rory also recommends adding a picture of yourself. That way, your students can confirm that it's you.
2. Customize existing sets and import terms to save time
There are two ways to get study sets on Quizlet.
First, you can search for existing sets. Rory explains that you can type in a topic (for example, “Algebra 1”) and find public study sets that other teachers have made. Quizlet has over 300 million study sets, so there’s something for every subject.
If you find a set you like, you can add it to one of your classes or a folder. Or, if there is something you want to change about it, you can click on Customize to make a copy and edit it.
Second, you can make a set yourself. You can manually type in each term and definition, or you can import content into Quizlet from a spreadsheet or document. Quizlet gives you the option to import questions, terms and definitions straight from Word, Excel, and Google Docs.
When creating sets, Quizlet will automatically save every step of the way, so if you accidentally close your browser while working on a study set, no worries! When you come back to Quizlet, the set will be in your drafts, and you can continue working on it.
3. Number study sets by lesson number
Rory stresses the importance of organizing your study sets and using a common naming convention.
“When I started creating study sets, I was teaching Algebra 1,” she says. “I had all of my lessons already in a numbered order like Lesson 1.1, Lesson 1.2, Lesson 1.3 and so on. So, I started organizing my sets the same way, as well as by chapter.”
Rory recommends naming your study sets so that they are easy to sort in an organized manner. On Quizlet, you can choose how your sets are listed, for example, alphabetically or by creation date.
Rory’s naming system makes it easy to find sets that correspond to her classes.
“If a student needs to go to a specific study set, they can just find the lesson number in front. Having that lesson number is a really easy way for you to make sure that all of your study sets are organized,” she says.
This naming convention is also useful for students who want to look ahead, because they can see the entire year’s resources at once, Rory explains.
“Now a student always knows what they need to study for their tests—it’s already all there,” she says.
In addition to using lesson numbers in her set names, Rory also makes sure to include the class name. As she teaches both a college prep course and an honors class, she adds labels (for example, “Honors”) to the end of set names. That way, it's easy for her students to find the study sets they need, no matter what course they're taking.
4. Create classes and folders to organize your study sets
Rory has created 139 study sets on Quizlet for the five classes she teaches. Since not every study set is applicable to every class, Rory creates classes and folders on Quizlet to organize them—which makes finding sets easy for both herself and her students.
“I don't want my Algebra students to see my Geometry sets and get confused,” she says.
To create a class, go to the left navigation bar and click “Create a class.” You have to choose a name and school for your class, and you can add a description if you would like.
Teachers also have the option to allow their students to add study sets, edit study sets, and/or add new members. Rory tends to uncheck these options, but other teachers like choosing this option so students can take turns making sets and adding them to the class.
Are you not sure what is the difference between a class and a folder? Although you can share folders with your students, you can add members to classes. With classes, you can easily see who is included in your Quizlet class. Free teacher accounts can create up to eight classes, while paid Quizlet Teacher accounts can make an unlimited number of classes.
Besides as a way to organize her sets, Rory also uses classes to share sets with her students. Class members can see all of the sets in their class, and they get notifications when new sets are added. To add a student, go to “Members” to find an invitation link. You can copy it and share it with your students.
You can also tell students to go to your Quizlet page, which is just quizlet.com/[your username]. Then, students can click on your classes and find their specific class. On their end as a student, they will see a button that says “Request to join this class.”
5. Have students use Test mode to study
Once you have study sets made, students can study them with different study modes. Quizlet has five study modes, along with some study games (Match and Gravity).
Rory is a big fan of Test, a study mode that generates a practice test based on a study set.
“Test is fantastic. Imagine a student going to one of your study sets and clicking on Test. Quizlet generates a practice test for them. Quizlet took the problems and answers of my study set, and scrambled them up for me.” she says.
Students can customize the number of questions in their test and choose the type of questions they answer (such as multiple choice questions, true/false questions, and matching questions). After submitting their answers, students get to see their score immediately, as well as which questions they got correct and which questions they got wrong. If they want to take another practice test, they can. Test will generate another practice test with problems from the study set.
Test and Quizlet’s other study modes are one reason why Rory puts a lot of terms in her sets.
“I have a lot of terms in my sets, which may seem kind of overwhelming. Am I really expecting my students to do 184 terms? No—but if they wanted to study them, they could. They could go through all these problems and get as much practice as they want,” she says.
Rory’s students like this set up, since it gives them direction and a goal. They can do all the problems, or they can do as many as they feel like doing. The material they need is all there.
Want to learn more about how teachers can get started with Quizlet? Watch Rory’s video to learn how to set up your account, make a Quizlet study set, set up different classes, and start organizing your study sets. If you have any questions and want to contact Rory, you can reach out to her on Instagram, at @Iteachalgebra.