I just had an idea for all those super-busy-they-can't-practice people, or those people whose trees have only 1 strength bar. Why can't Duolingo make practice lessons one BIG lesson that strengthens all the not-gold lessons up? It would be easier, and it would cover a wide range of topics. It may be a little longer... comment if you have anything you can add or any other ideas! :)
if those people are so superbusy that they can't dedicate 2-3 minutes to doing one standard strengthening practice, how can they have time for an extended one? The idea of an extended practice is nice but busy people are definitely not its target audience.
Kudos to anyone who can finish one standard strengthening practice in 2-3 minutes.
even if you make it in 5, or even 10 - how would increasing the duration help busy people?
UPD just out of curiosity did one regular strengthening (not timed practice) with timer on. Took me 3 min 11 sec, although I had to check hoverhints and made a few mistakes, and I am anyway very far from being fluent in Italian. I can give it 5 minutes in case you are really unlucky, or 10 if you decide to re-read every discussion, but how can it be more than that?
One lesson that covers all of the topics in your non gold skills helps to strengthen all of your weak spots at once. Saves time. For me, I've had situations where a Turkish lesson would take 15-20 minutes, but I read aloud and write down every sentence.
I see. I am making notes while doing lessons, so for me strengthening is "just" strengthening, and I say sentences aloud together with the voice lady.
I like the idea of "one big lesson" but I doubt that it will bring any time gain:
1)to do it all at once you will have to actually do at least some exercise on the passable level in EACH of non-golden skills which by default means it will be longer than strengthening one skill. Given that there are other skills degilding daily, it will lead to more time spent daily on trying to keep the tree golden.
2)if they decrease the number of repetitions needed to "goldify" the skill, the strengthening will actually become useless - you are not learning anything by repeating it only once or twice. The skill will be golden of course, but the real knowledge will suffer because you lack actual learning.
The question "who will be using it"/ "who are we making it for" is crucial because it also answers the question of how it will be done. I see "long" strengthening useful for the opposite category of learners - those who can dedicate some time to practice and instead of doing 10 or more small practices run a major one and really merge with it.
I mean those people who can't spend time "goldenating" their WHOLE tree, and only have time to do just 1-2 a day. Plus the lessons wouldn't be that extended... well, I honestly haven't planned this out, but I guess that's what comes out of a 10 year old's mouth... I mean, if it WERE a real idea, it would be different I guess. But I said "maybe" because of all the topics and stuff. Remember, I said maybe...
That is a great idea. One thing that bothers me about the way Duo works.. is that when I am working on a lesson that I find particularly difficult.. I eventually become pretty good at that ONE THING.. I have been trying to find a way to mix it up.. So that I don't pracitice one verb tense over and over. I was thinking about making a list of my hardest units.. then going through all of them by doing the first lesson in each one... then the second..and so on.. so that I practice all of the things I find difficult mixed together... Your idea of combined practice of weak skills is exactly what I need.
Actually, I know how each lesson would take a little longer, but think about it. DuoLingo says 1 lesson should be about 5 minutes, while, depending on the people, take 2-3 minutes. So people usually commit 5-10 minutes to this, so a lesson might take 5-7 minutes, and maybe less or more, depending on the person.