This is a contributed post from Rory Yakubov, better known as iteachalgebra on Instagram, covering how she uses Quizlet in a math classroom.

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“Mrs. Yakubov, are we doing Quizlet live today?” is easily the BEST question my students ask me when they enter my classroom. My favorite response: “Yes, we are!” At that time, every one of my students knows this class period is going to be awesome.

I teach Algebra 1 at Old Bridge High School in New Jersey. After receiving a classroom set of laptops last school year, I was instantly ready to start using them in any way I could, but I wasn’t sure where to start. After seeing a teacher on Instagram use Quizlet in her classroom for an English class, I was immediately intrigued and figured there must be an easy way to make this website/application work in my math classroom.

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How I organize my math content on Quizlet

I created a free teacher account (I now use a paid account for all the bonus features!) and began to make my first study set. I realized very quickly that to make the best study sets for math problems, the math problem’s answer should be typed in the left-hand side for the “term” and the actual problem should be typed in the right-hand side for the “definition.” For example, If I want to type in the equation of “2x + 1 = 7”, I would put that in as my definition on the right, and then I would type “x = 3” in for its term. Problems can even have the same answers and it won’t affect practicing the study set, which is very helpful for my solving equations study sets where solutions may be the same [ed note: In Match and in Test only]! I can make study sets where multiple systems of equations have “no solution,” and Quizlet will let the students choose either of the identical responses as the answer!

I began to make a study set for each lesson that I was teaching — they are just SO easy to create and edit! Some of my study sets have 10 problems in them, while others have 50+. I even quickly learned to merge specific lessons together to make quiz and test study sets out of the individual sets I created.

Making a study set for math is easy. For me, the default language for typing in terms and definitions is English. By clicking on Language, I can select the option for Math, and a whole series of math symbols are available. And with a Quizlet Teacher account, I can now add in pictures of graphs, number lines and any picture I may need for the problem. I can also copy problems I have made and change them up to make a new one.

I set up classes within my teacher Quizlet account: one class per period that I teach, and I had my students create free student accounts and join my class. This way, every time I created a new study set, the students get an email or notification on their Quizlet app on their phones (oh yes, I strongly encourage every student to put the app on their phones!) that a new set was created.

“Mrs. Yakubov, I received about 15 emails about new study sets you created this weekend,” said a student of mine last year, as I was in a creating frenzy. “Yes! Aren’t you so excited!?” was of course my response. Yes, I am that crazy math teacher.

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How my students study

My students started using the study sets immediately within my classroom; I would teach a lesson and then my students would access the study set and use some of my favorite practice options: Learn (where I prefer the students change the setup options so it is multiple-choice only), Flashcards, Match (some of my students are completely obsessed with this challenge), and the Test option. Those all work so nicely with every math problem study set I have created. It’s pretty much MAGICAL and a busy teacher’s dream that I can create a study set, and Quizlet INSTANTLY creates all these amazing ways for a student to learn the information.

Where do my students do all the work? Students use a class set of dry erase boards and markers (I keep a caddy full of these materials in the center of each student table) to do any work for each problem – no paper is needed unless students choose to use pencil and paper. Anytime my students use dry erase boards and want to keep their work, I let them take a picture of it with their phones for future reference.

My favorite: Quizlet Live

The crown jewel of Quizlet is of course, my all-time favorite activity: Quizlet Live. This activity has been such a game-changer in my classroom. The engagement levels go through the roof when my class plays – and I am 100% involved in the excitement as well.

Students use their dry erase boards to do any work needed, discuss what the correct answer should be, and then have the student with the answer on their screen click the answer. A correct answer sends the group one notch up on the scoreboard, while an incorrect answer sends the group back to zero.

I have my students play Quizlet Live in a few different ways (but there are so many more than this!). Sometimes after a few traditional rounds, I will then switch the groups up, but I will not let the students sit with their new group. They can still talk to their team members, but it’s harder now to communicate clearly. It’s referred to as the CHAOS method — which is what it is. Pure golden, chaotic engagement. It’s so much fun to watch and facilitate the game in this style; I feel like I’m on the trading floor at the stock market, and I cannot get enough of it. The last method I will use is a version of CHAOS, but it’s a silent round. Students are not with their group, and they cannot talk to each other. It’s tough - with no assistance, students really need to know the answer. The stares that go across the room are classic; students who know they do not have the answer and are patiently waiting for a team member to click away. It might sound super stressful, but it is all in good fun — and I am so thankful my students all play into the fun the way I want them to!

Taking Quizlet home

Lastly, my students also started to use the study sets at home on their phones, tablets, or home computers. Within a couple quick clicks, every one of my students can easily practice the problems I need them to study. Instead of making paper copies (I have such guilt over the amount of paper I have wasted in previous years) of review materials that students may do once and then discard, Quizlet lets my students practice a problem, get that instant feedback, and then retry it again if they choose to — a process that can be so important in mastering math skills.

I am so happy about what Quizlet has done for my classroom, my students, and me! It has given me so many new opportunities to keep my students engaged, on track, and focused on the skills I am teaching. I share so much on my social media account about how I use Quizlet in my classroom in hopes that other teachers and their students will get the same amazing experience in their classrooms. I also gladly share the 100+ study sets (my username is YakubovMath) that I have put together for Algebra 1 (along with help from my Algebra 1 coworker, another Quizlet lover, Mrs. Fran Capone) with anyone who would like to use them, copy them and/or edit them for their own classrooms! I also share pictures, videos, and tutorials about Quizlet on my Instagram account @iteachalgebra. If you have any more specific questions about using Quizlet in your math classroom, you can contact me through my Instagram page.

Comments

  1. Alex_Columbus

    We do this a lot in our grade. Before any test in science, we use quizlet live as a team.

  2. Mattson_Seelund

    I honestly love it when I go to 7th hour and play Quizlet Live in Intro to Business.

  3. Aquahorsedragon

    This is a great way to learn and it is very fun.

  4. DaddySeokjin

    Lol the people upon my class are always like "can we play quizlet live" in chemistry class 😅🤣😂

  5. MystaryPi

    I love Quizlet Live! Wish all my teachers could use it :)

  6. Kalab_Gillespie

    yeet i could care less for quizlet live

  7. Aarya0411

    hi

  8. Aarya0411

    hi

  9. SteveOpp

    cool

  10. SeptUrMom

    I don't know what is wrong with y'all. I lOvE quizlet live and i find it an exellent way to meet noew people who you wouldn't normally talk to during a class. We use it in every class at some point. Who agrees?

  11. deansgirllol

    Quizlet is awesome website to learn

  12. GSturiale1

    this is really cool

  13. BlazingSpeed10

    Math is amazing

  14. BlazingSpeed10

    Quizlet is an amazing way to learn things, but it has competitors such as Kahoot, and Quiziz. Honestly quizlet is the best way to learn things, although Kahoot and Quiziz really bring up the heat when it comes to "competitive learning."

    LONG LIVE QUIZLET!!!

  15. TigerLily451

    Quizlet is so helpful! I used it to study for a science test and got a higher score than I have ever gotten this year! Thank you, Quizlet!! :)

  16. Acekingshark

    Awesome

  17. Acekingshark

    This is cool

  18. ehlersbman12

    we do it spanish before tests

  19. music_girl4life

    cool

  20. supercpekny20

    Quizlet live is better than kahoot. But I think that quizlet live should be available to students as well as teachers.

  21. allieg512 PLUS

    I am a student. We only play this in Spanish, but it is our favorite!! Especially around midterms!

  22. andrew234224

    I love QUIZLET because it helps me study for FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. MARA_WELTY

    At school, we use Kahoot and gimkit and they are like Quizlet live. In kahoot, students gain points to move up in the leaderboard, and in gimkit students and questions to gain money, and they can spend their money on making it so they get extra money for getting questions right, and they can" purchase" Renee's themes and power ups. The first person with a set amount of money wins.

  24. Curtis_Bryant

    Quizlet has been a vital asset in my studying habits. My grades have increased in the classes that I have used it for. This is a great tool to utilize and I really appreciate the different modes of study Quizlet offers, it is unlike everything I have ever seen!

  25. gerld1234

    thats so cool

  26. BREANNA_BOYLE68

    I love Quizlet!! It helps me study for my finals and it helps me with my medical classes too. I t even helped my mom with her medical classes for college.

  27. Proverbs_2_6

    Excellent application of a wonderful resource! Nice!

    -- Proverbs_2_6

  28. Arthur_Morgan_RDR2

    I am neutral for quizlet V.S. Kahoot. I dont use them offten.

  29. sickomodedude

    cool

  30. Jason_Hendershot

    cool

  31. zymonc955

    i love doing quizlet

  32. zymonc955

    i love doing quizlet

  33. Abdi_Henry

    I like Kahoot better than Quizlet live, but you can"t beat quizlet practice activities.

  34. ANTHONY_GILBERT67

    QUizlet live is one of the best review games ever

  35. mcpville16

    :)

  36. khankail

    I love it when we play Quizlet in my social study class! It is very intriguing. Good luck!

  37. Andrew-Cubs2 PLUS

    Thanks for letting me add comments.So how do you use Quizlet in math

  38. Tanner_McMillen

    Quizlet LIve > Kahoot

  39. Luisfern1234

    Jeeee very helpful

  40. Mohamed_Beniaaza PLUS

    i love it

  41. Andrew-Cubs2 PLUS

    :D.I really think this could be intresting.Of the 1,000+ Quizlets I made,only 5 are math related,or 0.5%

  42. SophieDasse2007 GO

    In my 6th grade class we always play games on quizlet! 😄

  43. legojon

    wow

  44. Ilovespam1

    I love Quizlet live because if we win we get candy 🍭! Also, Quizlet live is a good way to learn teamwork and communication. In our 6th chemistry class we play quizlet live everyday!!!

  45. XxRaniyaQueeenXx GO

    Yh, it's just a very fun way of learning. Sadly none of my teachers know about it.

  46. nabilaz

    So basically it's like Kahoot but in Quizlet?

  47. jamesonstauffer_7

    I would definitely prefer Kahoot over Quizlet, but I think both are great ways to study. You can use Kahoot to make flashcards and play a game where you get very competitive with the classroom. In Quizlet, you can also create flashcards, but not only play Quizlet Live, but you can do learn, flashcards, spelling, writing, take a test, play match, and play gravity. When you are logged in as a teacher, though, you can do Quizlet Live. I encourage all teachers to consider playing both games, not only for fun, but to help your students learn, and to get a better grade in the class.

  48. fmuse01

    it's very cool, i loved.

  49. khankail

    Just love your article and you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!😇

  50. HyoeunChoi

    oh, I like this article and hope many of people use quizlet

  51. jaroli_kutub

    really its good
    nice
    i love it

  52. john_cooper404

    this is what one could refer to as a "bruh moment"

  53. jrweinbergjr

    good article, though i prefer Kahoot because it makes me feel more complex.

  54. monkey6372

    my spanish teacher uses it and it is amazing to do. it really helps you learn

  55. Basketballsavage77

    Quizlet is life 😄😄🏠

  56. breanna1154

    Fun

  57. MarineCorps26

    fun

  58. xXDanterayXx

    We have been doing that for years..

  59. Always-number_1

    Thats pretty cool

  60. MemezLord69

    Now this is epic

  61. TheGmanfrantz

    I like it helps me with my test and quizzes

  62. TheGmanfrantz

    I like it helps me with my test and quizzes

  63. ashah9775

    Quizlet Live gets super stress when there is candy on the line, like in our Spanish 1 class

  64. iamjhoanshelt

    wow

  65. Ilovespam1

    I love quizlet live or maybe I love it because there is candy lol. Quizlet live gets so stressful when there a prize involved. Our chemistry and history teacher uses flashcards to help us study for quizzes and tests. I wish all my other teachers uses quizlet. My grades have improved when I use quizlet live. I love quizlet because you can cute classes. Every day someone in our chemistry class always asks if we can play quizletlive. Our grade doesn't the quizletlive names very seriously so sometimes there will be names like jojo siwa loves you and it really crakes me up. All in all, quizlet is life

  66. JordanK27

    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. nicamariano24

    i hope i can do it

  68. SpanishFrenchElite

    What about Spanish?!>?!?!?!?!

  69. guiterhoanghoa

    oh! I love Qiuzlet

  70. RKN_CR7

    pretty cool

  71. tdp5

    And also windows 7

  72. JustinJolo

    I love Quizlet

  73. Sally_Ortiz7

    How do you change the language to Math? I don't have that as an option. Is that only in the paid version?? Please let me know ~

  74. Ngozi_Okere

    Excellent and active method of teaching and learning. I love it.

  75. Crazy-Katie1111

    I use it almst everyday for school. Math, social studies, language arts and science. Thanks Quizlet!😊

  76. Marinette_Chavers TEACHER

    My Algebra I students love Quizlet! I do two different games in a computer lab with PC's . I assign one person as the team captain who runs around to his/her teammates to communicate. It's the "Chaos" game described above. In the other game, I write on the board the station numbers that are team groups.

  77. mjschmitz TEACHER

    I do the same for all my Geometry classes and would be willing to share any of my quizlets. My username is mjschmitz

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