Want to make the most of your study sessions on Quizlet? Or maybe you’re looking for more Quizlet hacks? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Here are seven tips to help you study better on Quizlet.
1. Star terms to focus on concepts you’re struggling with ⭐️
Starring terms is a great way to break down a large amount of material into manageable chunks. (Have you ever tried studying a set with over 100 terms? Yeah, it can be a little overwhelming, to say the least.)
It’s easy to star terms while reviewing them in Flashcards mode—just click on the star in the upper right corner.
If you want to focus on terms you haven’t gotten down yet, you can also quickly star them on the set page. Just scroll down to “Terms in this set,” and star all of the terms you want to focus on, such as the terms you are still learning.
2. Swipe through flashcards on the Quizlet app 📱
Studying can feel like a slog even when you’re focused and organized, so we welcome anything that makes it a little more engaging.
Flashcards mode on the free Quizlet app works differently than on the Quizlet website. On the app, you have the option to do a Flashcard Quiz, where you swipe right if you know the term and left if you don’t. The app keeps track of the terms you don’t know, and then quizzes you on them until you do.
You can turn off this mode and study your flashcards in the usual way (just go to Options), but it’s fun to swipe through terms.
3. Use keyboard shortcuts ⌨️
If you hover over these icons, you will find a bunch of keyboard shortcuts that make using Quizlet more efficient.
My personal favorite shortcuts are in Flashcards mode: You can use the arrow keys to quickly move through terms and definitions, and the spacebar to flip the card. You can also press 3 to see both the term and definition at the same time—which is a great way to review material quickly before a quiz or test.
So next time you see a keyboard icon on Quizlet, hover over it to see what shortcuts are available.
4. Make classes and add your friends 👥
Taking a class that requires studying a lot of Quizlet sets? Make a class with your friends and/or peers to streamline both the creation and sharing of sets. Once you’ve created the class, it’s easy to invite people to it: Just type in their email address or share an invite link in the group chat.
Note: When you make the class, make sure to select “Allow other members to add and delete sets and add new members.” The admin of the class can always change this setting later.
Then, either search for sets relevant to your class or create them. Quizlet has tons of free sets available, so chances are you’ll be able to find sets for your class. It’s easy to add a set to a class: Just go to the set page and click “Add set to class or folder.” Quizlet will notify all members of the class when a new set is added.
When I took Spanish in high school, my friends and I made a Quizlet class and alternated who would make the Quizlet set for our vocabulary quiz each week. This way, we divided up the work and organized all our study materials in one place.
5. Take advantage of the pretesting effect with Test ✍️
This is more of a study tip than a Quizlet-specific tip, but Quizlet can help you harness this learning science effect.
Psychology studies have found that taking a quick "pretest" before you start studying can help you learn better—even if you get every question in the pretest wrong. Incorporate this effect into your studying and learn better with Quizlet’s Test mode.
Before you start studying a set, go to Test mode and generate a practice test. Do your best to answer the questions, but don’t worry if you get them right or wrong. Then, just continue studying on Quizlet as you usually do: Use Learn, Flashcards or whichever study mode is your favorite.
Tip: If you have Quizlet Plus, you can also take advantage of the pretesting effect when you’re personalizing your study path. When asked how well you know the set, answer with “Let’s find out” to take a short quiz that checks your knowledge. Like Test mode, this acts like a pretest.
Want more tips on how to use Quizlet Plus to study for a test? Check out this blog post.
6. Study entire folders 🗂
Folders are a great way to organize your study sets. But did you know that you can also study every set in a folder at once?
This is great when you’re studying for a midterm or final that involves a ton of study sets from throughout the semester. Just go to a folder you want to study and click on “Study.” Then choose what study mode you want to use, and voila: You can study all of the terms and definitions in the folder at one time.
Studying all of your terms can be overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of them in a folder. But studying a folder can help you consolidate everything you need to know for your test, and then identify which areas you need to focus on.
Study a folder with Flashcards mode, and star terms you’re less confident about while going through the entire deck. Quizlet will keep track of what terms you star, so you can quickly assess which terms and sets you should spend more time on.
7. Help out your eyes with Night Mode 🦉
On the web, it’s easy to turn on Night Mode: Just go to your profile, click on Night mode, and enjoy a dark color palette.
Whatever you’re studying, hopefully these tips can help you learn better with Quizlet. And if you’re looking for more Quizlet tips, check out our top 8 tips for making Quizlet sets here.
Best of luck studying! 🤓