Skills weakening too slow
I am not sure what is used in the background to determine when skills "weaken", but I feel like they aren't weakening fast enough for me.
I have kept up my streak since I started 2 weeks ago, day one I blew through the first 10 or so lessons since I already studied on my own and took a couple classes, then every day I kept up my skills by doing the strengthening before starting any new lessons.
However, I began to notice the past couple days, that the ones it's telling me I need to practice, I should have practiced a few days ago. I am basically re-learning the entire lesson rather than just reviewing, making nearly as many, if not more, mistakes than I get right.
Is there a way to "speed up" the decline of skills to drop them out of gold faster? I've got all gold skills now, but I'm going through the strengthening anyway so that I can make sure I actually know the words, not that Duolingo thinks I know them.
I'm not aiming for perfection, I know it's reasonable to make a few mistakes on review, that's the whole point of it being a review. But having my hit miss rate around 50/50 seems a bit much to call the skill "gold" again.
I'm with you, I need to practice a lot more than Duo thinks I need to! I always do several Strengthen Skills sets before doing something new, even if everything is gold. I didn't finish the French tree until I was at something like level 20, even though I saw others finish at level 12 or 13.
I think we just have to deal with the fact that this algorithm doesn't work properly. So, inelegant as it may be, I just go through the tree, doggedly, and leave myself notes where I am.
It's not even that I make mistakes - it's knowing that recognition memory has just saved me, where recall would have failed.