Speed reviews only lets you review 10 words

Are you guys sure you didn’t just start a Speed Review session after entering a level?

I have already completely finished Italian level 1 and level 2, so that does not seem to be the problem (which I still have)

@MemriseSupport, @JBorrego: could you guys see into this, please?

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Hi all,

Apologies for any confusion. We can confirm that this is not a bug.

We’ve introduced this change with a recent update. You can increase the number of the words in Speed Review sessions by visiting your Settings > Learning settings > Words per reviewing session. This will only affect your session when you have no items ready to be reviewed.

Please also note that we’re still monitoring this and gathering data. We appreciate you taking the time to send us your comments - we will take your feedback into consideration for future updates.

I hope this clears any confusion.

Best wishes,
Memrise team.


Please also note: if you set your Words per reviewing session to 5 or 10 on Android, you may see a message at the end of Speed Review sessions that prompts you to learn new words (even if you’ve already learnt more than 5 or 10). We are aware of this issue and are working to have this fixed.

If you experience this, you can increase your Words per reviewing session to 25 or 50 to fix it.

Best wishes,
Memrise team.


You say this is not a bug…but I feel it is a design bug. You can increase the word limit to 50 but this affects the normal review sessions as well as the speed review. Also it used to be 100 words and this is not available in the settings drop-down. It seems that if you wish this to be a user configurable option then you need to have two settings not one. I would feel that one setting affecting both the review and the speed review is a very undesirable behaviour. As a user, I really don’t like it.


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I’ve tested this earlier today. On Android, the Speed Review went through 100 words even though my setting shows 50 words. Does this require logging off/on or changing the setting a few times?

I am sure that is not the problem.

Yeah, I really liked it when it had no limit. It was like a mini game to see how many i could do. Would really like to see it changed back.

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Can you guys at least put the 100 word limit back in? With 50 words we can’t even get through a chapter’s word list fully when it exceeds 50 words during speed review. This defeats the purpose of being able to review a whole chapter quickly. Please!!!

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I agree with you, but unfortunately, unless many more users will complain, they will not give a flying duck about it.

hahaha, food one! :rofl:

As some of you are aware we have updated the Speed Review mode and it may feel a little different.

So, what’s the change? We found that the way that Speed Review was set up, we were filling it with all the words that were ready for you to review plus a whole load of other words that did not need to be reviewed to “top up” the session. This change removed those extra words so the Speed Review session just has the items you need to review. This should still be maxing out at 100 items if you have 100+ items ready for review. If, however, you have completed all your review items, then we have limited the session to your review settings limit. We want to make sure that when you are learning on Memrise you spend all your time as effectively as possible.

We know that speed review has been around in its current form for a while, but we are constantly looking to improve the effectiveness of the learning experience and we think that this is a positive change.

We are though listening to your feedback and we will be adding a 100 words review option for the users that want longer sessions.



@MemriseSupport stated that the SR sessions would comprise the number of words as chosen in the user settings, here’s the quote from earlier in this thread:

So shouldn’t SR - if there is no words up for review - give you the number of words according to the settings? Or did you change plans?

I’m afraid it was another unnecessary change, because speed review was working just fine. Thank you for leaving 100 words option though.

Besides, it looks like you’ve changed repetition algorithms, do you? If I’m not mistaken, speed review now affects frequency of review sessions.

Hey Olaf,

that is correct. It respects the settings and that is why we will be soon adding another setting for 100 words so that users that want to go for it, have the option to do it.


Speed review should be unlimited so we can try to beat the amount of words we got right the last review. It would help motivate the learning process my making it more competitive. There should be no limit. Speed review is pointless now with a low maximum amount of words. Wish I hadn’t updated this. But still 100 word max wasn’t enough either. Make it unlimited👌

i have old courses with 800 or 1500 or more items to review. Speed review now blocks itself arbitrarily, frozen on some item, whenever it feels like. This applies to the web version.

As it was, speed review was just fine.

this issue is put under “android”; it did not post it in the web section, as some “young leaders” or whatever seem keen to patronize users around as “this topic exists already”, wuthout any other meaningful contribution.

in case this is not a bug, means, this change is REALLY BAD!!! 100 words is much more effective to learn.
BTW, I cannot change the setting. Once I increase the number of words, it always returns to the default values (5 and 10). This looks like definetly bug.

Hey sorry it took us a little longer but we have now added a setting for you to configure speed review items up to 150. You should be able to download it from Google Play in the next hours/days.


What about repetition algorithm? Will you change it too?