Edtech venture Quizlet takes first step into Artificial Intelligence

World's largest online learning platform launches Quizlet Learn, an individually adapted study tool to beat exam stress

Originally created in 2005 by a high school student from San Francisco, Quizlet is a peer-powered network which harnesses the power of study materials created by and for learners. Earlier this year, Quizlet celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year and reached the milestone of over 150 million study sets.

This wealth of data accumulated over the years has led to the creation of the new Quizlet Learn, an individually adapted study tool, launched officially today at SXSWedu by Quizlet Founder Andrew Sutherland.

The learning assistant platform, using machine learning

Quizlet Learn enables users to create their own “study sets” for any topic, and then indicate when they need to know the material by, enabling Quizlet Learn to generate an adaptive plan tailored to each user for free. This new feature will enable users to chart their progress, stay motivated with encouraging checkpoints, and stay on track with helpful study reminders. 

Underneath the hood, Quizlet Learn is powered by the Learning Assistant Platform, which uses machine learning to process data from millions of anonymous study sessions, and then combines that data with proven techniques from cognitive science. quizlet in action

By taking this understanding of how millions of Quizlet students have effectively mastered subjects in the past and incorporating the learning technique of spaced repetition, the new Quizlet Learn only shows users material as often as needed to master it — helping them to maximize study time. 

Check out this Youtube video of the feature.

How does Quizlet Learn work?

When you first launch Learn, Quizlet will run you through a quick review of your material to see where you start. Then, it will ask you for a test date if you have one. As you continue studying, Learn will vary the question type (e.g. Flashcard, True/False, Multiple Choice, Written, etc.), difficulty level, and frequency to help you master all of your material. 

Quizlet’s goal is to help learners progress through all the material they need to know — and make sure that they are at 100% with every term and definition in their study set by test day. Since spaced repetition is all about giving you exposure to material multiple times, spaced out by time, Learn sends users helpful reminders to come back and study.

It helps you answer the question “How do I get started,” and keeps you motivated to keep going once you’re learning. You can give Quizlet Learn a try now on iOS, as well as on Android and desktop soon. 

The inspiration behind Quizlet Learn

The new Quizlet Learn came about from talking to hundreds of students and teachers over the past few years. During these conversations, most often Quizlet would hear from teachers that they wished their students had more effective tools to help them study in ways that are pedagogically sound — no more blindly reviewing notes, or cramming the night before the test (a big source of inspiration was the research covered in Make it Stick). 

From students, Quizlet would hear that they wanted more efficient ways to learn, where they could focus only on the materials they were less familiar with, in order to maximize studying time. Quizlet Learn solves both parties’ problems: it guides users to effective studying using the techniques of spaced repetition, and then adapts those techniques in real-time according to the user’s progress.

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March 9, 2017

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