In my last video blog post I told you about a great online tool for your English vocabulary – Memrise.
One problem I have noticed with Memrise is that because anyone can create courses, as a result there are just too many of them. And there aren’t any filters or sort options, so how do you choose a course?
In this video I’m going to share 5 criteria for choosing the best Memrise courses.
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How to choose Memrise courses?
1. Course aim
Ask yourself: What do I want to get out of the course? When you see a good course title, make sure you check what’s inside.
2. Clear definitions
Check out some definitions for the course to see if you can understand them. Especially if you want to do and English-English course.
3. Examples, collocations and audio
There is no point in memorizing words if you don’t know how to use them. So always check that the course has examples and collocations (that is typical phrases where the word is used).
You will not see this information in the list of words, so you need to use the Preview function. In preview click on “More” to see if there are any examples or phrases. Sometimes they may be in mems, but not for every word.
Also check that the course has audio, especially for higher level memrise courses.
4. Effective practice
Learning takes practice, but in some Memrise courses practice just doesn’t make any sense.
Try doing a few different levels of the course to see if practice is effective. In some memrise courses you don’t actually have to learn anything to see the right answer.
5. Logical grouping
Research shows that we remember words better if they are presented in logical groups, for example, according to topics.
You will find memrise courses where words are ordered by frequency. This is not a bad idea, but learning groups of random words may be difficult. You can try and see if it works for you.
Use these five criteria to choose good courses on Memrise and make the most out of this online learning tool.
Do you still think it will take too much time to analyse and choose courses? Don’t worry. I’ve already analysed top 50 courses in English for you. In my next video, which is coming out next weekend, I’m going to feature the very best courses on Memrise along with a full catalogue of top courses with my detailed comments.
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