This is the text-only version of the User Guide I have written up. I'd appreciate it if the community read through it and suggested any edits to the guide. With some knowledge of Memrise the guide should make sense without pictures - I just haven't gone through and added all the pictures I took for the guide yet. It is still a bit away from complete and there are some things I'd like to cover but first I'd like the important stuff to be comprehensible.
Thank you, Tchael =========================
A User Guide to Memrise How to use and navigate Memrise for beginner web surfers. I become less detailed as the guide goes on and one familiarizes themselves with how Memrise looks and navigates.
Index: Part 1: Gettting Started Part 2: How Memrise works Part 3: How to create a new course Part 4: Ignoring, editing, and adding to words Part 5: Community
Part 1: Getting Started
Create an account by clicking Log In in the top right corner. Then click "Don't have an account?" below the login area. Create an account or Login via Facebook.
Now that you are signed in, where do we begin? Let's take a look at your profile first. Click on your username to be brought to your user page. You won't see much - but as you continue to use Memrise it will begin to grow. For now you may want to fill in some information about yourself and add an avatar to start! Click the "edit profile" button to be brought to your account settings. You can make all wanted changes from here - and even change what emails you receive by clicking on the "Mail and notifications" tab. If at some point you wish to no longer be a member of Memrise, you may Deactivate your account.
Now let's go over starting your first Memrise course. We're going to take the longer router so you can get used to Memrise! So click "Topics" on the top right corner. You will be taken to the Languages page where you can pick a language and course to learn. However there are other topics to learn from under the "Other Topics" and "Guardian Wallcharts" areas. In "Other Topics" you can learn Math, History, Biology, Physics, World Geography, Musical Notation, The Flags of the World, The Major System, and much much more!
For now let's look for a Spanish course! Click "Spanish" from the list of language flags to be taken to the Spanish topic. Now that you are on the Spanish Page - let me break it down for you.
In the selected Pink area are several tabs. The Community tab takes you to the Community Page seen Here. This page will show you recent mems added, the list of curators, the most recent words and courses added, and usually contains a demo course or two.
The Courses tab is the tab you're on right now and so we will skip over it.
By clicking on "Forums" you will be brought to the topics' forums where you can discuss with the curators and other learners of the topic and get to know your community!
The Patrol tab is for Curators and Moderators to allow us to go through the community suggestions to make edits to improve Memrise for everyone. I will go more in depth about this later on in this guide.
The Dictionary tab is exactly as it sounds! It will take you to a dictionary where you can search either in the native language or in the learning language, which in most cases is English.
The FAQ tab is where you will go to find your topic conventions and frequently asked questions. Conventions are important to follow to allow Memrise to be the best it can be for the entire community. I will go over what the conventions are and why it is important to follow them when I explain how to create a new Memrise course in part 3 of this guide.
In the selected red area are the featured courses. These are courses that are chosen for being most completed and often times good for beginners. These courses will usually contain full audio, many mems, and moderated information.
In the selected purple area - you can click "Create a course" to well... create a course! I will be going over this in just a moment so hang in there!
The selected blue area is self-explanatory. I accidentally highlighted it but felt I should mention that just in case anyone asks why it's highlighted blue!
Select a course and "start learning" to begin your first steps into speaking a new language! Or maybe just passing your physics test...
That is all you need to know to get started on learning with Memrise! There is still a lot more to cover, such as conventions, creating courses, forums, and more advanced features for users who like a bit more customability. So keep reading!
Part 2 - How Memrise works
Before I go in depth with other Memrise features and creating courses. It is important to have a basic understanding of how Memrise works and why things are done a certain way.
Memrise is built like a wiki - each word is shared amongst its topic for every course. If you make an edit to the word in one course, it affects every course. Because of this unique function - we have conventions. Conventions are used to ensure that all words appear in a similar and understandable fashion. If everything is following conventions - Memrise can improve at a much more significant rate. Audio and mems can be added and shared more easily - as well as the information everyone is learning more likely to be correct.
Users may suggest edits to words - and these edits are checked by curators and moderators. If they agree - it is changed and it changes for everyone in every course for that topic that the word is tied to.
Part 3 - Creating a new course
Now let's go over how to create a course. First it is important to know the language conventions! So let's head over there now. Click on "FAQ" and find "For the conventions for the Spanish wiki, please go here" and click on "here". This will bring you to the Spanish conventions. Make sure to read and understand the conventions as they help make sure that Memrise is uniform and beneficial for everyone. If your course does not follow conventions - curators and moderators may edit your course so that it does. This creates more work for them and a headache for anyone learning from your course when everything is changed up!
Now that you are familiar with the conventions, go back to the Spanish topic and click "Create a course". It will bring you to a page where you can name your course and define it. You can also pick a relevant picture to accompany it and make it easier to identify.
After naming the course it will bring you to the next page. On this page you can add words either one-by-one, as a list, or as an .xls spreadsheet. You may also notice that you can "View conventions" from here - but now you know how to find them via the FAQ in case you need to view them when you aren't creating a course!
Adding words one-by-one allows you to search for either the native or learning language for the existing word in the Memrise wikipedia. It will then find the word and add it.
To add as a list, create a list of words that follow the conventions and have one word per line. Make sure to choose which language you are adding as a list so that Memrise will search the correct language. Memrise will then automatically find matching words or definitions. It will also ask you to provide a word or translation for any of the list that did not have a matching counterpart. You can also remove it if you wish. If multiple words for one definition are found - you will be asked to select the ones you wish to add.
Adding as an .xls spreadsheet is generally looked down upon when creating a course. A spreadsheet creates entirely new entries into the Memrise wiki and thus creates more work on the moderators who then have to merge the new duplicate entries. To properly use the .xls spreadsheet uploader - do your best to ensure you only add words that don't currently exist in the topic. Unless the language you are adding is underprivileged with learners or popularity - this is a rarity. Adding as a list is almost always the best option! So please try doing so first by copying a column from your spreadsheet and adding it as a list instead.
When you are finished and happy with your course, click "Done Editing". This will bring you to your freshly made course page where you can view the words in the course, view your flowers, discuss the course, edit the course, or choose more learning options.
Discussions are used to discuss errors in the course or changes in the course. Curators and moderators use this to allow the public to know what has been changed and allows the public to notify curators and moderators of changes that need to be made.
Editing the course allows the course creator or topic curators/moderators to change, add, or delete from the course - similar to when you made the course.
Clicking on "More learning options" will bring up a list of different learning methods. You can focus on old or new words, mix them both, be shown only the words, and select what type of test you would like to take. For now I'll just leave it on the default, "Mix old and new words".
Click on "Learn" or "Plant Seeds" to begin your new course!
Part 4 - Ignoring, Editing, and Adding to words
When you are studying you have many options that appear. When you are first introduced to a word it should look something like this.
The red selected area allows you to edit, ignore, and discuss an item by mousing-over the left-hand side.
Editing the item allows you to forward suggestions to the topic curators and moderators which will then be reviewed, and if deemed fit, changed.
Ignoring the word will cause you to no longer be tested on the word - great for words you already know by heart! However if you ignore a word by accident, you can reverse the change by going to the course page by clicking on the title of the course from your garden. Go to the "Seeds" tab and click on "Show Ignored Words".
Adding a discussion is generally used to discuss why something was changed and is a good way to provide feedback to curators and moderators. On the right-hand side you can mute the audio, pause the study session, or stop it early.
In the orange selected area you can show more information on the word such as alternative translations, the part of speech, the parent, dependants, etc.
Now for the funnest part of all! Mems! These are a great tool to help yourself and others learn a word by really bringing it to life or creating a little story to help you remember it better. If there are no mems "Add one now!" will show up. You can always go to "edit item" and create a mem from there or search a word in the dictionary and add it directly from it's page. You can also add a sample translation which can be used for testing in context through sentences.
Part 5: Community
Memrise's community is a great place to be but sometimes can be a little confusing. To help guide you through the community aspects - let's first take a tour of the forums.
You may remember each topic having it's own forum from Part 1: Getting Started. Well... Memrise has an even more broad forum that is shared for every topic learner! Click on the "Community" tab on the top right and you'll be brought to the global community page. This page shows the mems of the moment from all topics - new learners, and even a small leaderboards. It has it's own tabs as well!
The Mem Stream are all the mems being made for every topic go to be shown.
The Leaderboard is exactly that! A place to compete to see who has studied the most amongst your fellow Memrisers. You can choose from only showing you people who joined at approximately the same date as you, your mempals, or even the entire community!
The Forums are a place to hold discussions about learning, Memrise, and to just idle chit chat. On the forums there are several different discussion boards. There is a board for questions, suggestions, mobile use, bug reports, general memrise talk, wanted Memrise content, Development chat, and even just idle banter for joyful chatter! Click "View All ### Threads" or click the Discussion Board title to be brought to the board. From here you can view threads by clicking the title - which allows you to read and reply to them. You can also start your own by typing a title in the "start a new discussion" box. If you wish to link to a specific thread - click the time stamp by the user creator to be brought to the exact thread. This allows you to share threads with other users.
The Profiles tab will allow you to search for friends currently. It still needs some work and improvement however it is one of the easiest ways to find your friends! Just search their username or perhaps just a bit about them and they'll show up for you.