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Suggestion: Mastery skills

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One issue I have is with really basic skills that I've already mastered losing gold too quickly, and those are usually the skills that come up when I practice weak skills. So I came up with an idea: testing skills to mastery. Basically, this is what I had in mind:

If you feel completely confident with a certain skill, you can take a "mastery test" of 20 or so questions (no hints). If you get all of them correct, that skill will stay gold for one year and will not come up when practicing weak skills. After one year you can renew the mastery test with half as many questions.

Obviously it's not a perfect solution and I'm kind of just spitballing ideas here, but it's worth Duolingo taking a look at.

2 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/IceKane

1 year? Too over-powered in my opinion. I believe that it should be only one month, or a week. But in the case of the most basic skills, that should probably work out fine. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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Well, I figure there are a lot of skills that I'll probably retain for the rest of my life, unless I go an entire year without any exposure to them. So that's why I came up with a year as the benchmark. I don't need to practice "Soy un hombre" just because I've gone a week or a month without it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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If you get each lesson 100% right before moving on to the next, and you do the non-timed and timed "Strengthen <skill_name>" exercises the same way, the skills stay golden for about 3 months (or did last spring, anyway). I'm with IceKane--a year would be too long.

(BTW, I hope Notre Dame DESTROYS Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Javret
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I think maybe gold for a month, or maybe even two weeks. But it is a very good idea!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/txredeyes
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This does seem like a good idea, but I agree with the other people who commented on the year being too long. 2 weeks - a month would be a great timeframe for this sort of thing. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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If you can get 20 consecutive questions right without making a single mistake, and without looking at hints, you should be set for the distant future and not have to worry about re-goldening the skill 12 times a year.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Why?

Each question has its own difficulty. Just because you got question 1 right and question 2 also right doesn't mean that you will forget them at the same time - question 1 could be a "one year" question and question 2 a "one week" question.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BJT94
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I like the idea!

2 years ago