Dear all,

I have searched the FAQ and forum but couldn't find an answer to the following question: If I assign my students to do basics 1 (not sure what the English website calls it) and they have already done it, they unlock the next skills. If I assign them a new skill afterwards but they already did it because they were just so excited, won't it become quite hard to manage/keep track off? I'm not sure if you get what I mean. It's just that I can't "stop" the students from doing as much as they want but what is the point of assigning assignments then?

Hope this question isn't too confusing :) Juliane

October 9, 2016


There are a few questions in your post. I'll try to answer them one at a time:

  • When your students complete one row of skills, that unlocks the next row. That will happen regardless of any assignments you may or may not have set.

  • If you assign them a skill that they've already completed, yes, it will mark the assignment as complete immediately.

  • Regardless of any assignments you may or may not have set, you can click on your classroom, click more details, and click course progress, to see which skills your students have completed. Assignments make no difference to how easy it is to keep track of your students.

  • The point of setting skills assignments is to require your students to complete that skill. Any other Duolingo work your students may do is irrelevant to that.

What you really need is to be able to check that your students have kept their tree gold. Unfortunately the Duolingo for Schools system doesn't yet offer that feature.

Did that answer your questions?

Thanks for the answer. I'm not sure if it answered my questions, though. You're right.. there's a couple of them in my post and I'm having a hard phrasing them properly.

How about that:

1) I'll introduce my kids to Duolingo. I tell them that after locking in for the first time, they find an assignment on the right and I ask them to do it. Next, a student will ask me if he can do more after he's finished the assignment, which of course I can't prevent. But what do I tell him? Encourage him to strengthen the skill first and not move on, yet?

2) If I get it correctly the assignments help the less motivated kids to actually do something on Duolingo while the other kids can already shoot ahead. Would you agree?

Ah, ok, I see. I'd answered completely the wrong question :)

My advice to you and your students is my advice to anyone else using Duolingo to learn:

  1. Practise every day.

  2. Above all else, keep the tree gold.

  3. If you're comfortable with the difficulty of the skills you're strengthening, and you're getting most questions right, (and if you have time,) do a new lesson or two. Otherwise, use strengthen skills.

  4. Peek when you need to, but not otherwise. Peeking helps you learn the words you need to know, and it tells Duolingo that you need to practise them more often.

Duolingo uses a spaced repetition approach. It shows you things you've learned at times that will most help them stick in your head. If you keep the tree gold, you'll find it works really well. Sometimes that means you don't make any progress through the tree for a while - that's fine.

Duolingo takes account of how long it takes you to answer the question, and it takes account of whether or not you "peek" - whether or not you hold the mouse over a word to see what it means. When you can answer the questions quickly and without peeking, the skills will decay more slowly.

After you've strengthened the skills a few times, they'll start decaying more slowly, and then you'll be able to get further through the tree.

The short version: I would say to your students that if they want to move on, that's fine, but only if the tree is gold, and only if they've done at least one strengthen skills lesson today after golding the tree, and only if they're getting most of the questions right.

Thank you. This helped a lot.

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