While Membean provides useful information to help you determine a grade for students, Membean does not assign grades to students nor prescribe any specific grading policy. This article contains some tips to help you craft a policy that works best for the needs of your classroom.

Use Reports

Reports provide a wealth of data that will prove beneficial for grading. These reports will also help you determine the quality of training time.

Set a Time Goal

Time goals are an easy and quick way for you to see which of your students are training diligently on Membean.

Factor in Assessments

An assessment score reflects the student's knowledge of words that are relatively strong in memory. We recommend that assessment scores should only be used as a portion of the students' overall grade so that training remains the main focus of Membean.

Factor in Dubious Minutes

Dubious minutes are reported when students appear to be repeatedly disengaged from a training session. While some teachers deduct points for dubious minutes, we recommend having a conversation with the student first to find out why the student is disengaged with their training.

Tips From Our Teachers

  • School 1: "[My colleague] and I are grading students (vocab counts 10% of grades in all our English classes) based on how much time they spend using Membean each week. I check every week on Sunday night and give a 10/10 for 30 min. on Membean if students use it more than one day during the week. I give a 12/10 to students who do an hour a week instead of 30 min. The students who use it love it."
  • School 2: "I give a time-based grade one week and a quiz grade the next week. A short quiz is administered biweekly."
  • School 3: "Students must log at least 60 minutes of work on the program every two weeks. We give mini-quizzes (15 questions) every other week on the day that students' time requirements are due. These quizzes count as two daily grades each. The program issues and scores the quizzes for you, so it’s extremely simple. We give one longer quiz (50 questions) at the end of every quarter. These quizzes count as a quiz grade every quarter."
  • School 4: "I require students to train a minimum of 40 minutes a week and at least 2 times a week. The added criteria is that the students should answer at least 100 questions correctly. If answering this number of questions takes them more than 40 minutes, students are to continue working until they reach this number. This ensures that students don't intentionally waste time because if they do, they need to train longer."
We don't recommend metrics like “20 words should be learned each week” or "5 words need to move into the 'well on their way' category each week" as grading guidelines. A student will see many new words one week, and few new words the next week when they are mostly reviewing. Don't base grades on the number of new words learned. Progress on Membean is non-linear.