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What's the best amount of work to get done in a day?

I'm having so much fun with this, I'm almost on my Second Lesson, though I started earlier today. I was wondering if I'm pushing myself to hard. What's a good amount to get done each day?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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The best answer is that there is no answer. It depends solely on you. If you wish to learn, then learn as much as you can while giving yourself time to rest and let the information sink in.

You should just be aware of the Rule of Diminished Return.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pleiadian_

1-3 hours total (including resources outside of Duolingo) a day to make steady and gradual progress.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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I suggest that, rather than looking at how much time you spend doing lessons, look at the quality of the time. New lessons are useful, but so is review. Check out the discussion here ( http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1143885 ) for tips from a number of users.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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Check out my personal flowchart for my practice routine: flowchart http://postimg.org/image/n5a3ddylj/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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This is awesome! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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inspiring

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I thought it started with a goal at the top, to pass with 3 hearts. If you succeed you strengthen skills. If you fail, you go down to the second bold from top. If you fail that, then you go to the bottom bold. If you fail again, you follow the line back to the middle bold. If you pass it, you strengthen skill. If you pass that attempt with three hearts you progress to the next lesson. From there, I'm not sure. I had assumed that from finishing a lesson module with 3 hearts across revdolphin would proceed to Immersion. But on closer inspection, I don't think that last bit follows.

Now I'm curious what revdolphin will say.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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I start with Strengthen Skills on the app. If I pass without a perfect score I do it again. If I fail I switch to the web (with the ability to go to discussions and regain half a heart for correcting mistakes). If I pass that I go back to the app, if I fail it I do individual vocabulary practice. If I fail that I do it again until I pass, then go back up to web practice, then go back up to app practice. Once I pass an app practice with full hearts I do a new lesson. If I fail the new lesson I go back to Strengthen Skills. If I pass the new lesson with full hearts I do another new lesson, and keep going that way until I make a mistake but still pass, then, according to the flowchart, I go to Immersion (but since I made the flowchart I've taken up doing a little bit of Timed Practice at this point before Immersion).

@Dessamator, sorry I'm not an expert at making flowcharts. I just designed it so it starts at the top and everything goes down for going out, and comes in from the top and from the sides, with the conditional objects being non-bold. As I said, it's my personal flowchart, and it works for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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I studied flowcharts, and I still can't make head/tails of that. Where exactly does it begin, from any place you want (BOLD), and what dictates whether you take a right or left turn?

As a Software Developer, I would say you need some conditional diamond shaped objects in that chart, as a general user, I would say it is quite a nice flowchart. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Totally agree with you. I also can just guess about the starting points (bold), and top-down?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Indeed. I guess, it starts everyday with strengthen skills, the fork in the road then decides the path to be taken depending on whether you achieve the requirements of the task.

The only problem is that it is inconsistent. For example, If a person does a lesson practice (web) and passes it, then the person must strengthen skills (app) or practice word (web). However, if you fail it, the same thing happens.

It seems odd.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flandybandy

I believe you should interpret edges in the sides as in-going and edges in the bottom as out-going. This fixes the inconsistency you mention, since there is another edge with the label 'Pass lesson' attached to the 'Lesson Practice (Web)'.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/My_Userame_Sucks

Thanks a lot! I'm just gonna keep going till I am able to say the words in my sleep. ().()

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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I believe you can't harm yourself by studying too much :-) I remember I learned 10 or more new lessons a day at first and studies until I felt my brain was full with French words and just couldn't absorb any more. I liked to go for a run after that: while I was running, the mess in my head came into some order and sank in.

You'll probably lose some of your first days' enthusiasm later and come to a more modest amount that will suit you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SnoozingOwl

It depends, probably different for each person...

I think doing a lot as long as you're having a good time is a good idea. And each day will probably be different depending on how busy or tired you are etc. And I don't think trying to do a lot a day could do any harm.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Kat, the iOS version has some kind of a definition:

  • casual: 5 min
  • regular: 10 min
  • serious: 20 min
  • insane: 30 min.

Personally, I 'booked' the serious session. Since this translates back to points, I would say that more than 30-40 points (if you fail, no points) each day is quite ambitious (to me anyway). I do at least one lesson and practice once a day to keep my streak up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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I spent... many hours using Duolingo yesterday as tomorrow a German guy is coming to my house for Christmas. Even though the longer you spend using the app the less you can concentrate, a fifteen minute break can help to relax your mind again.

4 years ago