Dubious minutes indicate sessions of poor training. This article will explain the reasons minutes are marked dubious and how to find details about dubious sessions.

When we detect dubious behavior, the entire session is marked as dubious. A lack of engagement in part of a session affects the learning within the entire session.

What are Dubious Minutes?

Membean keeps an eye on your students' training and will automatically flag training that is unproductive as dubious. Examples of dubious behavior include the following:

  • Very Low Accuracy: When the average accuracy of a training session falls below 30%, this is usually a sign that the student is training without paying attention. Low accuracy is often accompanied by review times of 10 seconds or less. 
  • Sandbagging: When a student is inactive more than three times during their training, they'll be marked for sandbagging. This means that there was inactivity (no clicking or scrolling in two minutes) more than three times during a single training session. Students who engage in sandbagging are waiting to answer training questions or lingering on a word page without actually reviewing it. The trainer will also end a training session after several minutes of inactivity and bring the student back to their dashboard.
  • Cheating: We detect if students try to use a script or other automated method to train for them, and we alert you immediately. For more information, please review our article on cheating.

Viewing Dubious Minutes on Reports

First, click a class to view its report.

Next, look at the Dubious Minutes column. You can find out why a student has accrued dubious minutes by clicking on the number of dubious minutes detected. 

Finally, clicking on Training Details will provide you with more information on the dubious session. 

If the Inactivity and Accuracy alerts are not selected for your Grading Report, you won't see the related Dubious Minutes. If you are not seeing Dubious Minutes, enable these alerts by editing your Grading Report.

Helping Students Avoid Dubious Minutes

Here are some tips for helping students avoid dubious minutes:

  • Train during class. This will help you monitor training behavior and limit distractions. You can be sure that students aren't watching videos, texting, or listening to music while they train. 
  • Keep it short. We recommend that students train for 15 focused minutes each session. Click here for more training recommendations. 
  • Talk about training. Use the details of dubious sessions to have meaningful conversations with your students about their training. Are they spending 3 seconds reviewing a word before moving on? Talk to them about slowing down. Are they constantly marked for sandbagging? Ask them to tell you about how and where they train.
  • Model effective training. Training on Membean is unique, and students may not be used to learning in such a manner. Project your own Membean training session on the board, and talk students through your own training. Beware: they love it when you get a question wrong! Click here to learn how to train like a student.