1. Encourage learning in and out of the classroom.
Students can access Quizlet from an app on their phone or from their computer, making it easy to continue studying outside of the classroom. I make study sets for each of my classes and place them where students can access them during their own time; students often visit Quizlet’s site at home to study and supplement classroom learning. This provides an easy way for students to practice while allowing them to self-monitor and own their individual achievements.
2. Make Quizlet part of your routine.
The key to making Quizlet effective lies in how teachers incorporate it into the classroom. Instead of making it a once-in-a-while component, establish Quizlet as part of your weekly lesson plans. Students need repetition to be successful, especially students with special needs. Other schools have taken our Quizlet study material, given it to their students, but never made it part of their lessons. The result? They haven’t seen nearly as great of an impact on their students as it had on ours. Using Quizlet regularly allows you to measure student growth and track progress, which builds confidence when students see how far they’ve come.
3. Build self-esteem, one subject at a time.
Quizlet not only helps build hard and soft skills, it also helps build up students’ self-esteem. When students excel in one area, it gives them the confidence to push themselves in other areas. Many parents and students told us last year that the success they’ve seen in their history classes, where we first started using Quizlet, had changed students’ outlook on school. The success from that one class has led to becoming successful in others by showing students that they’re capable of more than they give themselves credit for.
4. Think outside of the box.
One of my favorite questions from other teachers is, “Can Quizlet do this or that?” Truthfully, there’s not much that Quizlet can’t do, but you need to think outside the box. Teachers can create diagrams for students to learn basketball positions for gym class, use Quizlet Live for friendly competition before the history exam, or create a series of flashcards to help students master their Spanish vocabulary. It’s also worth noting that once you create Quizlet sets, they can be saved and used for the following year so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Right now, my students can access sixth- through eighth-grade history material at any time, and I can easily edit any set to add material.
5. Get parents on board.
No matter how motivated a student, sometimes the lure of playing with friends or watching a new TV show can trump studying. Bringing parents up to speed on Quizlet’s capabilities and having them encourage their child to study at home can make all the difference. With Quizlet, students have something to study no matter what time of year it is, making the classic excuse of “I don’t know what to study” essentially moot.
By harnessing tools like Quizlet in the classroom, we can ignite a passion for learning that will not only improve test results—a big win in the short term—but build the foundation for a lifetime of learning.
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