Today at SXSWedu we’re unveiling the new Quizlet Learn. Create a study set and tell us when you need to know the material, and Quizlet Learn will kickstart your studying with an adaptive plan that charts your progress, helps you stay motivated with encouraging checkpoints, and keeps you on track with helpful study reminders. Quizlet Learn is available now on iOS, and coming shortly to Android and Web.
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Our inspiration in building the new Quizlet Learn came from talking to hundreds of students and teachers over the past few years. We often heard the same thing during these conversations; From teachers we would hear that they wished their students had more effective tools to help them study in ways that are pedagogically sound — no more blindly reviewing notes, or cramming the night before the test (a big source of inspiration was the research covered in Make it Stick). And from students we would hear that they wanted more efficient ways to learn, where they could focus only on the materials they were less familiar with, in order to maximize your studying time. Quizlet Learn solves both problems, by guiding you to effective studying using the techniques of spaced repetition, and then adapting in real-time as you make progress.
Underneath the hood, Quizlet Learn is powered by the Learning Assistant Platform, which uses machine learning to process data from millions of anonymous study sessions, and then combines that data with proven techniques from cognitive science. By taking this understanding of how millions of Quizlet students have effectively mastered subjects in the past and incorporating the learning technique of spaced repetition, the new Quizlet Learn only shows you material as often as needed to master it — helping you to maximize your study time. If you want to learn more about how the Learning Assistant Platform powers Quizlet Learn, check out our technical blog post.
So how does it work? When you first launch Learn, we'll run you through a quick review of your material to see where you start. Then, we'll ask you for a test date if you have one. As you continue studying, Learn will vary the question type (e.g. Flashcard, True/False, Multiple Choice, Written, etc.), difficulty level, and frequency to help you master all of your material. Our goal is to help you progress through all the material you need to know — and make sure you’re at 100% with every term and definition in your study set by test day. Since spaced repetition is all about giving you exposure to material multiple times, spaced out by time, Learn sends you helpful reminders to come back and study.
Making learning more fun and less stressful was a big inspiration for us in building Learn and we hope you like it. It helps you answer the question “How do I get started,” and keeps you motivated to keep going once you’re learning. You can give Quizlet Learn a try now on our iOS app, and we’ll be rolling out Quizlet Learn on Android and desktop soon.
With the launch of the new Quizlet Learn, we’re also retiring (on iOS) the old Quizlet Learn. If you want to study by only doing written answer questions, you can configure that in the Learn settings. Bottom line: We want you to study in the way that works best for you, so if you try out new Learn and you don’t like it, it’s simple to go back to only studying with written-only questions. When we launch the new Learn on Android and desktop, we’ll be retiring old Learn on those platforms as well.