Memrise – The Art of Spaced Repetition
Did you know that you can hack into the mainframe of your brain and control it by using one simple method? Spaced repetition, a study technique, is the secret key that helps you in unlocking the potential of your memory. One spaced repetition app, that helps in this memory technique is Memrise. Today I will be going over some of the features of memrise, and how to use it to its greatest potential.
What Is Memrise?
It is an online site that employs spaced repetition, to help you learn and control your learning preferences. It has a catalog of the most used decks in every language that users share on the platform. You can easily learn the most used words of any foreign language through memrise. If a person manages to learn 500 “most used” words of any language, they cover up to 80% of that language (considering this is everyday life we’re talking about). This helps you to grasp the grammar and other elements of the language quickly. When you start to use Memrise you will find that there is a pre-built frequency deck of all the languages. For further aid with pronunciation, certain courses allow you to access diction practice. To employ a more enjoyable experience, there are memes too; which are a picture/word mixture to help you with the learning and pronunciation of the words.
What Is Spaced Repetition?
We are always looking for ways to increase the efficiency of our brain to learn more effeciently. One of the most effective methods to do this is through spaced repetition . Spaced repetition resembles the flashcards technique, but there is one thing that distinguishes spaced repetition from a deck of flashcards and that is time. Spaced repetition uses time gaps to set up a gap in learning periods.
For example, let us say you learn 10 words today, but do not review them until 5 days later where you then add another 10 words.
What happens is that while you are on the verge of forgetting those words forever your brain scrambles trying to find those words and when it does it holds onto them for dear life. In simple terms spaced repetition techniques trick your brain into thinking that information input is highly valuable and cannot afford to be lost.
Memrise: The Program for Spaced Repetition Software
Many of the spaced repetition programs function similarly to the manual style of memorizing things using flashcards. The items to be learned are entered into the program in pairs of questions-answers. When one of the members from the pair is displayed, you must answer. Once you have answered the review question, you can check manually to see if the answer was right or wrong. Depending on the result, the review is sorted into by hours, days, weeks or months.
Benefits of Using Memrise to Learn a Language
Memrise Uses Sound To Match Vocabulary
Many SRS apps completely disregard audio and just include the word flashcards, but this is not the case with Memrise. Memrise even has the choice of an audio review for its premium members. During an audio review, you are only allowed to hear the recording and select the right answer. If you are wondering if audio recordings are worth the premium membership, you can always just click the mic icon at the top of the word to hear the recording.
Memrises’ Native Speaker Function
Recently, Memrise implemented a feature where native speakers say the word for proper pronunciation. What’s even cooler is that the native speakers were recorded on camera, in their natural setting repeating the word given to them. The recording is then played during the course and you can watch them pronounce the word. It is very useful for shadowing and accent removal. Below is a video showing just how they did it, enjoy.
Memrise is FREE…If You Want It To Be
Using memrise cost nothing at all. That is one of the greatest advantages it has over other language learning software. The only thing Memrise costs is time, and with space repetition, time is not that expensive. While there is a premium option that I had a once upon a time (a very long time ago), there is not that much more content you can squeeze out of the spaced repetition app.
So, you are wondering what “that much more” meant in the last sentence. Memrise premium is for visual nerds. If seeing your progress on a singular bar line along with some streak marks is not enough for you, memrise premium offers detailed graphs based on your learning patterns. It will show you things like: Days You Learned the Most, Words Learned, Words Reviewed etc… It is very pretty to look at. Also, the native speaker feature I mentioned earlier is a premium feature…so I guess that is cool. Oh, who am I kidding, get the pro version its honestly frickin’ amazing. Heck, I might just buy it after publishing this post.
Hack into your own brain with the help of spaced repetition and make your language learning journey easier! Create a Memrise account today, and see just how quickly you’ll unlock your memory’s potential!