Timed practice needs more time
I appreciate the idea of timed practice is that I'm rushed, but I keep finding the timer is getting in the way of actually learning things.
If I get a phrase wrong because I don't know the vocab that's fine, it helps me learn it, but if I get something wrong where I really don't understand why I'm wrong, or its something colloquial where knowing the meaning of the words doesn't really help translate the sentence, I rarely have enough time to work out why I was wrong.
Would it be possible to either freeze the timer while looking at the answer's discussion, or to make some way for us to go back and look at the answers we got wrong after running out of time/finishing it, or as a minimum let us carry on looking at the last answer we got wrong when the timer runs out. I'm perfectly happy to let the timer run out while trying to understand things, but I can't even do that if I get kicked to the "You're out of time screen".
This is great. Two suggestions (echoing others). 1. The timed practice would be far more helpful if I had an option to increase the time to, say, 2 minutes. I agree with Peddler that at 30 seconds it's more of a speed-typing challenge than a real learning experience. 2. Re the problem about being able to analyze your incorrect answers, is there a way that you could review errors at the end of the test? I think stopping and starting would reduce the value of doing the work on a timed basis.
I find the timed practice really hard - but it's great fun and I love it. If it was the only learning option it would be impossible, but I think there's a lot to be said for trying to beat the clock and not having time to pay attention to your mistakes (unlike the untimed practice where I like to find out exactly where I went wrong). Timed practice is closer to learning a language by traveling to the country of origin and speaking to the natives - you don't have time to deal with your mistakes. Many suggest this is the best way to learn. (Yes it is a bit of a typing test - but hey, why not embrace an opportunity to improve on that skill too?)
Wow, 1 year old and still relevant. I think the main issue is that the timer is still running after you answer the problem. That is, if I make a mistake, I have no time to look at the correction.
Perhaps the intention is to force me to do what I can rather than worry about getting everything just right? (On the other hand, point-wise, I can easily get 10+ points in a fraction of the time it takes for untimed practice :x)