Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Director of Humanities Martyn Simmonds. Martyn has been working on his use of Quizlet to support memory recall with his students. He referred back to this blog on effective revision techniques, based on the work of John Dunlosky. Martyn claimed that Quizlet was great for ‘practice testing’ and that 4 out of 5 of the strategies listed below, could be put in place using it:
Quizlet enables you to input a ‘study set’. This is a sequence of questions and answers that, once inputted, will be stored online and can then be used by students in a number of different ways – to test themselves. Martyn then went through how to set up and use a ‘study set’:
Once your quiz is set up and ready to go, you can share the quiz hyperlink with your students. They then have the option of interacting with the quiz in a number of different ways – flashcards; learn; speller; test. There are also two ‘games’ that they can play – scatter and gravity.
Different ways to use Quizlet
- In-class revision lessons.
- Attached to Connect as a homework task – the homework being to use Quizlet to revise for a test at the start of the next lesson.
- End of unit review ‘test’.
- End of lesson activity.
- Start of lesson activity to review previous lessons.
- Introducing new terms to students before the lesson.
- Checking prior knowledge at the start of the lesson
- Low stakes quizzing.
- Easy to set up and use.
- No need for student log-ins – again, makes it easy to use.
- Lots of ready planned study sets.
- Interactive way of embedding key knowledge and terminology.
- Once set up, you have a set of renewable/reusable resources.
- Students can easily access via PC/mobile/tablet – as there is a web based version and an app.
- Student answers need to be exactly what you have written (although there is an override function)
- Not easy to track/record students’ scores.
- Reliance is on students to go back and review their wrong answers.
The great thing about Quizlet is that it relies on students having to think about and retrieve things from their memory – which, as cognitive science tells us, serves to strengthen our memory. Furthermore, it does this using a format that students have on them all the time – their smartphone. This makes it a winner!