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Timed Practice

I love timed practice! Please comment and say what you think of it.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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It's a double edge sword. I do it sometimes for fun, but I don't think it sticks as well as the slower method, it's easy to make silly typos, and most importantly, you can't stop and read comments on sentences, or "report sentence" without time running out.

All in all, a nice tool, but not the best one to use 100% of the time if learning, not XP is your goal.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aistobe
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I was thinking the same thing. The game-ification aspect doesn't exactly blow my hair back, but to each his own. But maybe if XP and lingots were actual bright, shiny objects I could use to buy a loaf of bread instead of virtual bright, shiny objects, I might feel differently.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisa4duolingo
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Well, I can't say I love it, as others do, but I force myself to do it for each skill because I really do think it is a good measure of whether or not I've mastered the course concepts for that tree branch. I often don't make it to the end on my first attempt, but I keep trying until I do. When I don't make it through the timed test on first try, I take a trip through the untimed version, really taking my time to pour over the comments, identifying what I get wrong and why, and eventually attempting to pass the timed test again. While it is true that you cannot stop and read comments while taking a timed test, you can review the lesson afterward. I suppose we all learn in different ways. Best wishes to you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I too love Timed Practice! One of the first posts I ever created was on this subject.

Check it out: Little Known Facts About Timed Practice

To this day it is the only way I practice my skills in both Spanish trees! I think that the more familiar you get with any particular language tree, the more you should shift over to doing these types of drills over the non-timed form.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Me too. I love it. If one has finished the trees, I highly recommend they use timed practice. You need that mental agility especially if you want to speak the language.

I generally combine timed practice with 'Skill Strength Viewer' userscript so I can work on the weakest skills.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lela987
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I apologize for the mistakes that I do, but I am learning English and German at the same time. In my opinion Timed Practice is excellent. I use it to check how well I've mastered a skill, as well as when repeat the skills that I've already mastered. Sometimes I think, time is to short. I love time practice too. It tests skills very good. Have a nice day! Regards for all duo members, Mirjana

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lisa4duolingo
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I agree with you about the amount allotted for the timed test. I've actually had to increase my typing speed just to be able to pass these tests. At times, it is ridiculously fast. I've spent the most time with the Turkish course, and I think it starts you off at 30 seconds, jumping down and up, depending on whether you answer correctly or not. I wish we could adjust the time and wouldn't mind getting fewer points for a slower pace. If it could even just start out at 45 seconds, it would still be challenging, but so much less frustrating and disappointing.

I'd be curious to know what the stats are on how many are doing the timed tests, how many are completing them, and what the accuracy rate is.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
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tldr; I don't like it while my tree is incomplete, but I love it afterwards.

During the walking-the-tree phase, I don't find it useful to me mainly because one doesn't have time to read the sentence discussion, which I find immensely useful. But later on, when the tree is done with, I find it very useful as it somewhat forces you to think fast, thus triggers your reflexive answer. This property is important to me because it roughly translates to fluency. Not every time, but more so when I continue doing timed practice day after day, as soon I see a sentence the translation of it just pops up in my mind and I utter it in one go. Not only that feeling is extremely satisfying but it also means that you have grasped the language's natural flow (or "melody") to an extent that you can use it without making a grammatical analysis or translate something from a language you already know. That is actually fluency because this is exactly how you speak a language you are fluent with; without thinking.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulguk
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I quite like it but can't do it and drink coffee at the same time. Hence, I often practise without a timer.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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I like it too, and sip my coffee only when the timer has expired.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samcrush

i really like it. i gets me lots of xp quick, and it really tests my language skills.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbbyRuth13

The xp is probably my favourite part!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/68dustin

I don't use Timed Practice much because I like to focus on learning my Russian, rather than earning virtual points and virtual "money." I'll start caring about lingots when you can buy some chocolate with 'em. Lol, I love chocolate. Anyway, for now the only things I use my lingots for are occasionally buying a Streak Freeze in case I'll be busy the next day, or giving them away to helpful comments. Enjoy a lingot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aistobe
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I've never tried it. I think it would drive me bonkers. I'm already hyper and prone to des tas de fautes orthographiques. Besides, I like to give myself time to manually write things down. I think doing so incorporates another level of 'etching the lessons into my brain'.

I might give it a try once I've built some confidence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samcrush

ditto

2 years ago