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How to create the best Quizlet sets

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Creating your own Quizlet sets is a great way to synthesize your notes and organize what you need to study — and then you have a Quizlet set with everything you need to learn. Here are my best tips on how to streamline the set-making process, utilize all of Quizlet’s features, and make A+ sets.

1. Customize existing sets

If you’re studying a popular topic, chances are someone has already made a Quizlet set on it. But if you find a set that is missing some terms you need, you can easily make a copy of the set and edit it.

To customize a study set, hover over the three dots icon in the bottom right corner of the set page. Then click on "Customize." This will make a copy of the set and lead you to the set creation page, where you can edit, add, and remove terms.

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2. Import terms from a document

Another way to speed up the set creation process is to import terms. When you create a set, you can find the import option right under the title of the set. Then, just copy and paste the text from your Google Doc or wherever you take your notes.

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Edit your notes before copying and pasting them into the import tool. For example, remove bullet points and make sure there is a consistent format between each term and definition (e.g., a colon or comma), and between each card (e.g., a line or tab).

What’s cool about Quizlet’s import tool is that you can customize what delineates each term and definition, as well as each card. You can also easily preview what the new cards will look like, to make sure everything is formatted correctly.

3. Combine sets to prep for finals

If you've created a bunch of sets throughout the quarter or semester, you can merge them into one big set to study before your finals. Just go to any of the study sets you want to merge and hover over the three dots icon to show more options. Then choose "Combine":

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Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 1.45.28 PM.pngYou can filter by sets you've created or organized into classes or folders.

4. Add images for visual cues

Add images from Quizlet's free image library to the definition side of your set. Besides making your Quizlet set more engaging, images can help you learn and recall information better. For example, if you’re learning about brain areas, a picture of where the occipital lobe is located can help you learn better than a verbal description.

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If you’re trying to memorize definitions of especially challenging words, it's helpful to use images to make visual mnemonics. Quizlet's free gallery has a ton of images, but if you can't find what you need or would prefer to draw your own illustrations, you can get Quizlet Plus to add your own images from your laptop or phone.

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Use Quizlet Diagrams to study diagrams, maps and charts in a way more effective way (check out tips on using diagrams here). Diagrams are great for subjects like anatomy.

5. Pick the right language for your set

It can be a pain to type special characters, whether accents for your Spanish vocabulary or exponents for a math equation. Picking the appropriate language for your study set makes adding terms and definitions a lot easier. Change the language of your set’s terms or definitions by selecting a card and then clicking on “Choose language.“

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If you’re studying a language, make sure your Quizlet set is in that language. For some languages, like Spanish and French, a keyboard with common characters (like ç, à, ¿, ñ) will pop up for easy access. There is also a Math / Symbols language and a Chemistry language, which allows you to add exponents, subscripts, and symbols like Delta (∆).

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chemistry keyboard.pngExample of the French language and Chemistry language keyboards.

⭐️ Bonus Tip
For exponents, subscripts, and other symbols, try to use Quizlet’s math or chemistry keyboards rather than copying and pasting them in. Why? Quizlet keeps track of the symbols you use and prompts you to use them in study modes like Write and Learn — so all the symbols you need are in one place.

6. Take advantage of flexible grading

For study modes like Learn and Write, you can enable flexible grading for terms with multiple answers. With flexible grading, you only need to type one answer to get the question right.

For flexible grading, you need to separate answers by a slash ( / ), comma ( , ) or a semicolon ( ; ). If you think you may want to use flexible grading, keep this in mind when you create your study set and add the symbol you want to use to delineate different answers. Then, when you’re studying with Learn, make sure to go to options and select "One answer" under "Grading options."

etudiant flashcard.pngYou only need to write “l’étudiant” or “l’étudiante” to get the question right if you turn on flexible grading in Learn mode.

7. Organize and emphasize with rich text

With Quizlet Plus, you can make even stronger sets that help you study more effectively. One of my favorite features is rich text formatting, or the option to bold, italicize, underline, and highlight text. I like using rich text to distinguish different types of information in my sets and color code.

Using a color-coding system can help you save time and memorize things quicker, as color has been shown to improve memory performance.

So, for example, let’s say I'm studying for an art history exam. I have to memorize a bunch of paintings from different eras for the exam. I could make a study set of the paintings I need to know, and include information like the title of the painting, the year it was painted, and the artist. Then, with rich text, I could color-code the time period of each painting, italicize the title of each painting, and bold the name of the artist, like this:

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In this example, I used different highlight colors to classify different art eras to help me form an association between the painting and its time period. When I’m taking my test, that association could lead to a useful train of thought like: “I remember this painting had a pink highlight… so it must be from 1400-1600.”

8. Scan in your notes

Another great Quizlet Plus feature is the ability to scan in documents with the mobile app. What I really like about scanning is that it speeds up the manual, tedious part of making sets and cuts down on annoying typos.

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With this speedier option, I'm more motivated to add my notes to Quizlet right after I take them, instead of procrastinating as my pile of notes gets bigger (and more overwhelming). Then I can get started earlier and get to studying faster.

Scanning is available through the Quizlet app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Try it out yourself with a free trial of Quizlet Plus.