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New Timed Practice

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I have just started using the updated website, and have done my first timed practice. It is somewhat harder to finish now. I think that's a good thing. Before, I only used the timed practice when I was too lazy to do a real practice. It was easy to finish, and I could reach 30 XP in a couple of minutes. As a result, I used it when I was busy or not feeling well. I didn't use it to enhance my learning.

I was really surprised when I only finished a few questions the first time. The second session also timed out really quickly as I didn't realise how much more quickly I would need to think and type. Suddenly, there is a sense of urgency about timed practice. I managed to finish the last one with a few seconds to spare. It feels like much more of a speed test now, and I won't be using it when I feel lazy.

Usually I wouldn't post something like this, but recently there have been a lot of complaints about changes to Duolingo. Not all changes are bad. Yes, sometimes I would like to have an option of being able to get my XP easily, but it's not necessarily good for me. Duolingo has implemented a change that is going to improve my study habits. Let's all try to find the good in the changes.

1 year ago

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You've got me intrigued. How was it that timed practice used to be easier (not your exact word, I guess, but seemingly the clear implication) than "real practice" (by which you mean untimed practice, I guess?)? From anything I've ever seen they're basically the same thing but timed practice has time limits. Maybe you're so good you never hit the time limits in which case perhaps it wouldn't seem more difficult, but I don't see how they could make it less difficult.

1 year ago

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Timed practice is not easier than untimed practice, but it was an easy way to get XP. Instead of doing 3 review sessions to get 30 XP, I only had to do 2 (well, one and a half really). Because I never had a problem with the timing and could always finish without thinking much about the time, it was a lazy way to practice. If there was a question that I couldn't quickly answer, I could skip and still have enough time to finish the practice. With normal practice, if you skip a question you have to do another one. You have to answer a lot more questions to get the XP. The new timing means that I have to work harder to think quickly to answer the questions. I don't automatically get the XP.

1 year ago

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Thanks for the explanation. Always interesting to understand the perspective of others who have been around a while but see things differently.

From early on, I just found timed practice a remarkably effective learning tool, so I chose it on learning efficiency grounds. To the extent I ever gave any thought to XP, I guess I had my expectations set by the 7-10 sentence lessons, for which 10 XP are awarded, making 1 XP per sentence seem, if anything, a bit under-generous considering the added time pressure (which for me included figuring out how to get the right Cyrillic characters to make their way to the screen, a challenge rarely encountered in the plain lessons).

1 year ago
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