In the United States, Quizlet has expanded to become a global learning and study tool. Developed by Andrew Sutherland and first made available to the public in January 2007, it was established in October 2005.
Electronic flashcards, matching games, mock tests, and real-time quizzes are the mainstays of the Quizlet product line. According to the website, as of December 2021, Quizlet has more than 60 million active users and 500 million user-generated flashcard sets. Furthermore, the website claims that two-thirds of US high school students use Quizlet.
Andrew Sutherland started Quizlet in 2005 as a way to help him study for his French class, which he “aced.” It is a website where people can share and learn new things. In the early days of Quizlet, Andrew wrote most of the blog, which said that the site had 50,000 registered users in 252 days.
Quizlet was first shown on national TV on April 15, 2008, when Sutherland was a guest on the Mike and Juliet Show. In the two years after that, Quizlet had its one-millionth person sign up.
Before 2011, the Collectors Weekly website shared staff and money with Quizlet.
In 2015, Quizlet announced that it had raised $12 million from Union Square Ventures, Costanoa Venture Capital, Altos Ventures, and Owl Ventures to expand its digital study tools and grow internationally.
Text-to-speech was added to Quizlet in 2011 so that users could listen to content.
In August 2012, it came out with an app for the iPhone and iPad. Shortly after that, it came out with one for Android devices.
Quizlet changed its look in August 2016, and a few months earlier, in May, it hired Matt Glotzbach as its CEO.
Also in 2016, Quizlet released “Quizlet Live,” an online matching game where teams compete to answer all 12 questions correctly without making a mistake.
Glotzbach announced in 2018 that Quizlet would open offices in Denver, Colorado. He said, “Quizlet has a big vision to make the smartest study tools in the world, and our expansion into Denver, a city with a lot of tech innovation, will help us build the next generation of learning tools that students all over the world will use more quickly.”
Andrew Sutherland is no longer a part of Quizlet or its board as of 2019. [needs citation]
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Glotzbach said that all teachers with an account on Quizlet would be able to use the paid Quizlet Teacher service for free. Learn and Test modes are no longer free as of August 1, 2022, because they are now part of Quizlet Plus.
Study modes and games
As a way to remember things, Quizlet lets registered users make their own sets of terms and definitions. Students can then learn these sets of terms by studying in different ways.
This method works like paper flashcards. For each term, users see a “card” that they can turn over by clicking, using the arrow keys, or pressing the space bar. The user can choose to have a picture, a word, or both on the front of the card.
In this mode, users answer written, flashcards, and multiple-choice questions over and over again. Slowly, new words from the set are added, and words that have already been answered will come back as written questions until the word is repeatedly guessed right.
In this mode, users are shown a term or definition and have to type the matching term or definition. After they type in their answer, they can see if it was right and, if they need to, they can override the automatic grading and make their answer count as right. This mode used to be called “Learn” before the newer version above took its place.
In this mode, the term is spoken out loud, and the user must type in the correct spelling of the term. If the user gets every question right, they get a video of a monster truck jumping, doing a wheelie, and flipping. This game used to be called “Speller.”
In this setting, viewers see a grid of randomly placed words. The objective of the game is to quickly and efficiently clear a grid of phrases by dragging them on top of their corresponding definitions. Related to normal matching games, micro-match is designed specifically for mobile and small-screen devices. The original name for Match was “Scatter,” but the gameplay is the same.
Using this setting, definitions move like asteroids vertically down the screen. The user must type the term that goes with the definition before it reaches the bottom. On rare occasions, an asteroid will appear red. The user loses the game if they miss a red asteroid twice. It is one of the ‘Play’ study modes. The concept for Gravity was taken from the game Space Race. The user is given complete control over the game’s difficulty and genre.
An exploit for this game is to put it on “starred mode” and select one word for starred mode by glancing at the cards, and then clicking on the star-shaped button.) Going onto the game and starting it with starred mode still on, the user will only have one word, and can thus copy & paste the same word over and over again, resulting in absurdly high scores. That’s why you won’t see your starred games in the rankings.
In this setting, the Quizlet user (often a teacher) divides the class into groups or works with pupils one-on-one. The instructor may opt to introduce a phrase or concept initially. In order to win, each group must select the correct phrase or definition. To play, choose a deck of flashcards and arrange them in a suitable layout for the game. The game score starts over if a player or team choose the wrong phrase or definition.
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