The Future of Flashcards

Read, understand, memorize, and repeat. This is a phrase that college students know all too well. For those courses riddled with vocabulary, scientific terms and of course foreign languages the memorizing can be daunting. Flashcards have been a widely used solution for years now and with the age of apps it has now become a tool that can cut down on stacks of index cards and keeping them all organized.


Quizlet is both a web-based and phone-based application that gives the user the power to create flash cards and organize them in any way they please. What sets Quizlet apart is that it actually functions mostly as an online learning tool, and it was created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland in Albany, California. As a memorization tool, Quizlet lets registered users create “sets” of terms customized for their own needs. These sets of terms can then be studied under several study modes. Quizlet recently added the ability to listen to content using text-to-speech. This is handy for those foreign language classes as well as those words you just can’t pronounce. Quizlet has over 60 million user-generated flashcard sets and more than 20 million registered users. Registered users also have access to flashcards created and shared by other users in case there subject of study is more common. It is a great online study tool that is virtually accessible anywhere. The tool is free to use and registration is free as well, but there is an optional $14.99 yearly membership you can pay for that adds additional features such as the ability to add images to your flashcards, and removes advertisements.

This tool is available on the web at and on both the Apple store and Play store as a free application. It is highly recommended by students and is definitely a tool worth checking out.