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Quizlet Explanations Walk Students Through Study Questions

A new offering from study tools platform Quizlet provides step-by-step guidance to assist students with problem sets from popular textbooks. Written and verified by subject-matter experts, Quizlet explanations "aim to help high school and college students better understand the reasoning and thought process behind study questions so they can practice and apply their learnings on their own," according to a news announcement.

Using the explanations tool, students can search millions of practice problems across thousands of textbooks, by textbook title, ISBN or keywords. Standard high-school-level explanations are free, while college-prep and college-level explanations are free to anyone with a Quizlet Plus subscription.

Features of the tool include:

  • A step-by-step reveal guiding student through the problem, allowing students to learn at their own pace;
  • Solution steps designed to communicate concepts as a tutor would, "providing reasoning for all elements of the problem"; and
  • Multiple explanations that explain how problems can be solved in different ways, "providing students with opportunities for deeper comprehension and extra practice."

"When studying complex information, students learn best through worked examples, especially when there are multiple ways to solve a problem," said Quizlet Data and Learning Scientist Anna Khazenzon, in a statement. "Our explanations are designed as a step-by-step learning process to help students develop better study habits, like practicing self-explanation. Learning science suggests that the desirable friction created through this 'productive struggle' creates a deeper understanding of the material. This process also allows students to work at their own pace and creates space to explore, remediate and reinforce key concepts."

For more information, visit the Quizlet site.

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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