How well do you REALLY know it? Let's decide for ourselves!!!
I like the "strengthen skills" system a lot here on Duolingo, but, rather than the system deciding which skills you need to strengthen, I think Duolingo should incorporate a rating/flagging system for users to rate how comfortable they feel with a particular set or word. This way, from then on, when the user clicks on "strengthen skills," the SYSTEM doesn't decide what you need work on, essentially, the USER decides what they need work on. It could repeat phrases that the user has trouble with at a much greater frequency or repeat phrases with just one particular word until the user decides that they feel comfortable with it. A very simple rating system would work great. ( 1= I don't feel comfortable at all with this set/word, 2= starting to understand, 3= somewhat comfortable, 4 = almost perfect, 5= understand completely, etc. ) Something this straight-forward and simple would give users a much greater degree of control and make them feel more like Duolingo's already great learning tree isn't just there to work through or practice at random, but rather tailored to both their own pace and their own individual learning needs.
They've tested having buttons below each exercise to tell the system that you think an exercise is either too hard or too easy. I don't know exactly how that test went but they may have removed them either because no one used them or because they didn't help learning. Maybe a staff member can chime in with what exactly happened with that experiment.
Update: Found an old post about it: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1171738
I agree. Often I just get questions wrong on purpose if I don't know them but can recognize the word to get the answer right. This is so that it will continue to test me on that word. Your idea would make it a lot easier to practice those skills that you "know" but don't know.
I totally find myself "peeking" at words that I know just to cause them to decay faster because I'm not as strong with them as other words.
Me too. If I happen to remember it that day but know that I often forget it, I'll peek to make sure it comes up more frequently.
I like this idea, but not replacing the current system. Maybe like an extra way to practice. I actually like when I log in in Duolingo and see a skill that I need to practice to make it gold. The system is always right, at least with me, with which skills I should practice. But I do would love this, but like I said, apart from the current system.
This is an extra comment just to perhaps clarify some points. Thanks to you, my friends, that have commented, supported the thread, and provided much-appreciated constructive criticism to my idea!
I want to start by saying that I don't think they should replace the actual learning tree. That's not really what I meant. I like making each section gold too. That's something I look forward to as well.
What I was saying is that I can get a section gold by just paying close attention and taking my time. Even in taking this extra time, I can breeze through most sets fairly quickly and get the gold.
The point I was making: do I REALLY know these words? Fully? Duolingo's system may say I have the gold, but... I don't TRULY know those words perfectly; they're definitely not cemented in my long-term memory. After all, languages aren't like facts. Facts you either know or don't. Languages deal with a certain level of comfort and confidence through repetition, etc.
So -- I think a user should be able to get the gold, but at the same time, I feel like they also should be able to rate the section on how well they truly know it. For example, in their current system, I could have a section "gold" for completing it with Duolingo's required score, but underneath I could give my personal rating to the section. I might give myself a bronze or silver for example. This would tell the system that I personally think I should be studying this lower-rated section ( among my other personally low-rated sections ) when I click on "Strengthen skills" rather than just a random set or a set that I haven't studied in a few days.
Who is the one person who should know best what the user should be studying? The user. The user knows what he or she has in their long-term memory. I personally find it frustrating when I click on "Strengthen skills" and Duolingo gives me a set that's been cemented in my long-term memory for months. I want them to basically jumble 3 or 4 sets that I have problems with. If Duolingo allowed a personal rating system like the one I'm describing, what I want would be very easily achieved.