This is a contributed post by educator Jettie Young.

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Through my work with mental health counseling, special education and adult education, I’ve found that Quizlet is an indispensable tool for reaching students and clients on many different levels.

For the past few years, I have been creating test prep sets on Quizlet for adult learners as they prepare for TOEFL or IELTS testing. One day, as I was putting together a set on study skills, it occurred to me that I could also use Quizlet sets to build skill cards for clients and students. These sets could help them learn mindfulness techniques, to recall tips from couples or group counseling, and as takeaways for classes.

Once I started doing this, the results were really astounding. Folks enjoyed the easy access of using the study sets on the website and their phones; they also liked that the Quizlet app was not something easily recognizable as a counseling app. Most importantly, while they benefited from using the sets individually, they could also easily share these sets — and the knowledge within them — with family members and teachers for more support.

In this post, I’d like to share a few specific ways I’ve created Quizlet study sets to help my students.

Behavior Support

With a student who needs behavior support in class, for example, I can provide a set of cards with reminder words or instructions:

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They can refer to this whenever they are feeling frustrated, and the real benefit is that we can share this with teachers and family. If the student responds to an action in a certain way, everyone can use the set to stay on the same page and understand what is happening.

Communicating Feelings

Another example is using a set with feeling words and pictures for non-verbal or uncommunicative students. Using the cards can help the students express how they feel. For a set like this, teachers, parents and students can easily replace the pictures with familiar faces and objects.

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Scheduling and Routine Changes

One last example I would like to share is a scheduling set. In this example, a teaching team or parents could use a set like this to help a student with learning routines:

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Again, teaching staff, parents and students can replace these pictures with familiar faces and objects. The best part about using Quizlet for this is that if any routine changes, the picture can be switched out to provide the student with a new card. In this way, a student can be prepared for an upcoming change visually and in a familiar way. For example, if a pick up person changes, the parent or staff can change out the photo for “going home” and this can be shared with the student in advance.

Jettie Young has taught since 1999 with a focus on high school special education and primary through adult ESL. She has also done educational consulting, working as an outside partner between parents and schools to help develop individual programs for both special education and gifted education students. She has a Masters from Lamar University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is currently working on her PhD in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Rutgers. She is a subject matter expert for social science textbooks for the Open Textbook Project, and currently teaches international students.