Some of the frequently asked questions about Memrise. If you can't find the answer you were looking for here, have a look at our knowledge base.


What is Memrise?

Memrise is an online learning community where one can learn almost anything in the world, entirely for free! Through just the right mix of science, fun and community, learning on Memrise is speedy, enjoyable and lasts.

We have a few fun places where you can learn about our goings on and find entertaining new things. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. There is even a Memrise-devoted subreddit.

Is there a mobile App?

The spectacular miracle of modern science known as the Memrise Mobile App can be found on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store.

Who uses Memrise?

All kinds of different people use Memrise! Many users have created courses to help with their studies during school and university. Others are adult learners who simply want to grow as human beings and learn something new.

Is Memrise in schools?

Memrise is a great supplement in the learning process both for teachers tracking the progress of their students and the students hoping to better retain what they learn. Many classrooms in the U.S and U.K already use Memrise, and this is expanding rapidly to other countries as well - with the Netherlands a surprising front-runner.

How many courses are on Memrise?

Thousands of courses are created in Memrise every day, covering +200 languages. You can browse all of our courses to find something you want to learn right now!

You can create a course using the ‘Create a Course’ page, which is also linked from your Dashboard. You can also learn about the course creation tools here so you can then make the best course for learning.

What is the science behind Memrise? Why is it effective?

Memrise is based on several important scientific discoveries about how we learn. First, our system of mems (mnemonics and memory aids) promotes elaborate encoding- encouraging the learning brain to do more by engaging the imagination, and thus helping lay down stronger, more durable memories.

Secondly, Memrise makes use of Spaced Repetition, helping you review items at expertly spaced intervals to help you maintain them in memory in the most efficient manner possible. Reminders space out in time as your knowledge for an item gets deeper, meaning you don't forget, but don't waste time reviewing what you already know.

Third, Memrise systematically exploits the Testing Effect, which shows that by actively recalling a memory, you strengthen it. Because the degree of strengthening to a memory correlates with the difficulty of the test, Memrise automatically makes the tests more difficult over time, again helping you boost your learning in the best way possible.

You can find out more on the about page.

Why am I growing and watering my memories?

We use a light gardening metaphor to help you understand the ways your learning grows and withers in the brain depending on how you look after them. So, when you learn on Memrise, A “flower” must first be planted in the mind, and then you water (review) these memories that have been planted to ensure that they do not eventually wilt and disappear from your long-term memory.

Is Memrise free?

Memrise is a free service for all to use, for the time being.

What can I learn on Memrise?

Anything you want! With thousands of courses covering all kinds of subjects you'll never run out of things to learn. Some example courses include:

Languages
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • Swedish
  • Icelandic
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Swahili
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • Klingon

We cover over 200 languages, with a strong focus on vocab, and the number of supported languages is constantly growing.

Arts & Literature
  • History of modern art
  • Who wrote me?
  • Who composed me?
  • Who painted me?
  • Pop Art
  • AP English Literature
History & Geography
  • Country mapping
  • Capital cities
  • British and English monarchs
  • Flags of the world
  • U.S. State capitals
Standardized tests
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • GCSE
  • GRE
  • Driving tests
Trivia
  • Emoticons
  • Moustaches of the world
  • Harry Potter Spells
  • Pokemon
  • 2012 NFL Starting Quarterbacks

This is but a sampling of the myriad courses available on Memrise. With the Memrise community creating new courses everyday there's always something new, so join us and find what you're going to learn next!

How long does it take to complete a course?

This is entirely dependent on the size of the course, but you can see an approximate amount of time needed to completion in the browse page:

These times are not 100% accurate, however, and simply running through a course is not the most efficient route to learning.

How much time should I spend studying?

You're free to learn as much as you wish on Memrise. Our recommendation is to study for a little bit everyday rather than huge chunks in one go. Regular review is very helpful for learning, and Memrise is designed to help people who can spare a few minutes for learning quite regularly. Optimally, shoot for 15-30 minutes a day. If you're learning thousands of items, then that amount of time might need to increase towards an hour.

How can I type special characters?

We provide the special characters that you would have to type in each course so that you only need to click the button for the letter to type it into your answer.

Many keyboards have hot keys as well, which may be of use to learn in using Memrise.

If you simply type the corresponding letter without the special character, you will not be penalized.

What happens if I “overwater” a plant?

It drowns and you lose the memory forever. Just kidding! The watering technique is in place to encourage spaced repetition as a principle of your learning experience. Overwatering an item only means that you will have practiced this item more than what is necessary to commit it to your long-term memory, according to our estimations.

In which languages are the Memrise courses?

The primary first language of users of the site itself is English, but we also provide for native speakers of other languages, should they wish to learn from their own tongue. Are you an Arabic speaker learning English? A German speaker learning Spanish? There's courses for that! Just go to the browse page and scroll down to the area that says “I Speak” and then choose the language you want to learn with and browse the courses that are taught in that language!

It is worth stressing though that the majority of the courses have English as a base language.