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Strengthening skills - I can't keep up!

I'm slowly making progress. The problem is I can hardly keep up with new lessons, before I have to go back and redo old ones to "strengthen" my skills. Is there a setting to adjust the old lessons to not require me to repeat them so often?

1 year ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015
Garrett2015
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I agree with the others: if you feel reasonably confident in the earlier lessons, I would move on. I have finished 3 trees, and it seems that keeping the lessons gold is often, ultimately, an unnecessary and tedious task. Simply advancing through the course will cause you to review earlier words and concepts, and it will soon make you wonder how the earlier lessons were so difficult at the time.

However, I would keep a notepad with the names of the lessons that you have the most difficulty with, so you can review them as often as you need. There will always be critical and difficult sections that you will need to revisit. Also, if you do want to keep your tree as golden as possible, I suggest going in reverse order: start with weak lessons at the bottom of the tree and work your way up. This will result in you strengthening multiple lessons at once.

Just remember, slow and steady wins the race! Find your own pace and just keep at it. :-) Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmineHadji1
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Well, technically, Duolingo's algorithm makes the tree loses its golden color slower and slower each time you revise your previous lessons and you don't make mistakes. I know it's tedious, but I noticed for instance that now, I can keep the Basics course for more than a month and it stays golden, whereas if I leave the more advanced courses more than a few days, it starts shading.

Anyway, you do as you want. If you are asking if you should practice or continue, it's your decision not ours. Now, if you are asking if it is possible to keep your tree golden, the answer is yes, but you have to practice a lot of time. Let's say, you've done a course once, it starts shading after 2 days so you practice it (without making any mistakes), then it starts shading after a week and you practice it, then it starts shading after 2 weeks... Until it stays golden for a month, or a year, or more. Think of it as a Hungarian class, you will have to revise the accusative (it's an example) a lot of time in the beginning, and then you study it less and less because the lessons is engraved in your mind.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreas305
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There are three causes, why the golden skills start to "fade".

I. Of course, after a while you have to reactivate you knowledge to keep it alive. So that should be the usual cause fot losing the golden color.

BUT:

II. Every skill contains a certain amount of sentences in the database. If you compare the skills you will see, that some skills have up to 10 lessons, while others have only one or two. So if a skill contains for istance 80 sentences but only two lessons, you get checked for only 20 till 40 sentences.

According to the Duolingo logic a skill becomes golden after having finished all the lessons. But the database compares the allready correct solved sentences with the amount of them which still not have been tested. So if there still are 40 sentences unsolved in the background it will start to fade very soon. Redoing the lessons(!) wont help very long, because you will see nearly almost the same examples again as first time you solved it. You have to use the Refresh Button to get those "hidden" sentences onto your screen.

(Maybe some users are not motivated to use the Refresh Button, since you get extra points for having solved a lesson but none for having refreshed)

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III. Because the course is still coursed with a lot of errors or missing alternatives the contributors get flooded day by day with reports of the users and have to edit the sentences. And it seems to me, that they have a delay of about three months between receiving a report and reediting the reported sentence. Every reedited sentence in the database seems to generate a "new" and so "still not tested" sentence. So if a lot of sentences in a skill got reedited the golden status can't be hold.

No, I am not a contributer of Duolingo, only a user for nearly 800 days now.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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No there is no adjustment but you are not forced to strengthen the skills. If you think you know the subject, just ignore them.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanTatouse
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As psionpete said, strengthening skills is not obligatory even though that gold color of the tree looks attractive. Find your own speed of learning and progressing that suits you, and don't let these features slow you down unnecessarily.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien
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I also have to strengthen skills constantly. For some reason, "strengthening" all skills using the general practice doesn't even seem to strengthen 1 single skill. There should be a setting to disable skill levels.

1 year ago