Membean is a vocabulary program that builds word consciousness.

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Personalized, differentiated instruction — automatically tailored to your skill level — helps you achieve lasting outcomes by prioritizing higher order thinking over memorization.

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at a Glance

  • Automatically differentiates and personalizes to each student’s skill level.
  • Makes teachers more efficient by saving them time and lightening their workload.
  • Prioritizes higher order thinking and word consciousness over memorization.
  • Works alongside any curriculum, including AP, IB, ESL, and more.
  • Promotes multiyear retention instead of focusing on short-term performance.
  • Gives teachers control over each student’s goals and objectives.

How Works

Encoding vs. Retrieval

Retrieving what you need from your brain is often a bigger problem than just learning what you need. Membean continually reshapes your memory to make information more retrievable by spending 80% of training time asking you nuanced questions of varying difficulty.

Conventional Method

You forget much of what you learn quickly because more time is spent encoding instead of helping you retrieve the information you are being taught.

How Membean Works

Membean leverages the benefits of continual retrieval to train your brain to remember longer and retrieve reliably.

Blocked Learning vs. Spaced Learning

The timing of practice matters a great deal. Blocked learning deceptively creates the illusion of mastery because rapid gains lead to rapid forgetting. Alternatively, spaced practice – where learning a single concept is stretched over a longer period of time – leads to true mastery.

Conventional Method

Weekly word lists are taught in a short period of time – similar to cramming for a test – followed by limited amounts, if any, of follow-up learning.

How Membean Works

Membean’s algorithm introduces the same amount of material over a significantly longer period of time, resulting in long-term retention.

Memorizing vs. Higher Order Thinking

Easy learning is not strong learning. Membean elicits nuanced thinking and allows for mistakes, causing an instance of surprise and often an internal dialogue, both of which aid in retention. We utilize 9 powerful pedagogical approaches to help you understand there’s more to a word than just its definition.

Conventional Method

You are repeatedly presented with definitions and examples, resulting in memorization instead of robust mental connections.

How Membean Works

Membean applies layer upon layer of nuanced meaning and increased difficulty, encouraging you to form a rich mental picture of each word.

for Educators

Saves you time to do what you do best!

Lofty levels of literacy are possible for all your students – not just your top students. Teachers report saving up to 4 hours a week thanks to the powerful tools Membean provides, including the following:

  • Customizable goals
  • Training warnings and alerts
  • Rich dashboards and reports
  • Auto-generated and graded quizzes
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We give control back to you.

Customize how long and how often your students learn. Set the quantity of questions on quizzes and how frequently they're issued. Tailor each learner’s individual experience in every class. Need individual preferences for students who need accommodations? We do that! Tweak each class to your own satisfaction.

Genuine literacy for every student.

ELL? Gifted? Unmotivated reader? Membean customizes for all students and engenders word confidence. Learning definitions is just the beginning. Literacy requires deftly using words, recognizing them in text, and encountering them repeatedly, all of which eventually lead to a nuanced understanding.

Designed by teachers.

Collectively, the Membean team has 150 years of experience in the classroom. We get that students have varying levels of proficiency and diverse learning styles. We get that you need actionable data to monitor, support, and challenge students. We get the demands of state testing, especially when it comes to literacy. We get that your instructional time is precious. We get you because we are you.

Empathetic human support.

Our friendly, helpful support staff of former teachers who have used Membean in the classroom is standing by to help you with empathy and understanding. Our support team specializes in classroom needs at every level. We’ll get back to you in less than a day – or, if it’s an emergency, within the hour. We’re here for you – really!

Multimodal Learning

Membean’s Adaptive Reinforcement Engine guides you through a personalized and engaging training process.

Our "Memlets" offer multiple ways to explore each word, and varying types of questions help you form lasting mental connections that lead to mastery and long-term retention.

Differentiated vocabulary for your students is just a click away.