Leksi started because I was personally frustrated at the options that were available to expand your vocabulary.
If you’re a teacher or if you work with students, you may have an idea of what I mean. The current tools that are available for teaching vocabulary are just not effective. They’re often just rehashed versions of digital flashcards or based around games that are not actual teaching agents. The games are particularly troublesome; a student may blast their way through an entire vocabulary list without learning a single word.
When students struggle to learn new words, it’s not their fault. Nor is it the fault of their teachers. It’s the fault of all the tools that promise an “easy way” to learn hundreds of new words, but just cannot deliver on that promise.
We know that having a strong vocabulary is correlated to performing well in college. Some studies have even suggested that an expansive sense of vocabulary leads to a higher earning potential later in life. It’s clear that vocabulary is important. So why isn’t there anything effective available?
I built Leksi to change that.
Leksi uses a different approach than anything else on the market. Rather than one or two games, or constant repetition, Leksi is built on a multi-method model. Students start with the basic fundamentals of a word, such as its meaning or how it’s spelled. By the end, they’re using the word in abstract games that test their knowledge of the very concept of the word.
All the games are designed around scientifically backed research to help maximize a student’s understanding of a word. Rather than crude memorization drills, students learn to use the word in conversation and associate it with memories and images. Not only is it more enjoyable than rote memorization, it’s more effective.
Leksi Founder and Lifelong Learner