https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaLak1

strengthen skills while learning new things

Hey dear creators of Duolingo,

First of all you're doing an amazing job helping us, and thanks a lot for that! :) As I suppose you're open for positive and benevolent criticism: is it possible that in the future we can strengthen our skills while learning the new lessons? At the moment the studying process is quite slow bc after a few days I need to spend time on revising the old lessons separately (and it's quite boring to do only those easy tasks again, without challenging new sentences). It would be great if I could do this revision while studying new things, you could include the old vocabulary in the new sentences etc. wishing all the best, thanks Duo :D

March 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

Hi AnnaLak1,

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s it possible that in the future we can strengthen our skills while learning the new lessons?

It is currently somehow doing so (or at least supposed to).
The "strength" of a given skill is based on the strength of each words introduced on said skill. Moreover, when you work on new lessons, most words inside the sentences will be "already seen" words. And, if you answer correctly, the system will count those words as "still known/mastered" hence will strengthen the skill to which they belong to.

bc after a few days I need to spend time on revising the old lessons separately

No need to do so.
You can advance and complete your tree without strengthening then, once completed, work on strengthening everything.

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karthik.subr

You can advance and complete your tree without strengthening then, once completed, work on strengthening everything.

Do you think that first completing and then strengthening is a better approach to learning?

I am just curious to know, because right now I keep re-doing old lessons to keep all my skills golden. I focus more on keeping them golden than completing the tree and obviously this means more time to finish the course. I have been doing the German course for a year now and have still not finished it (91/121 skills completed). So I am just wondering if I am not learning in the most efficiency way.

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

Do you think that first completing and then strengthening is a better approach to learning?

I think it depends on each learner.
But if it annoys/frustrates/bothers you to have to strengthen, then I'd give a try to that alternative.

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karthik.subr

Thanks!

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaLak1

I meant the -strengthening everything- option, where you still can revise only 2 lessons at a time, and I was thinking about the option of a real strengthening everything, where you would get questions from any previous lesson, mixed - which would make it harder, but probably more efficient. But anyways I see your point and thanks for the answer.

March 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zsuzsi97194

They include old vocabulary in some courses. The English for Hungarians is 1000 times better than Hungarian for English speakers. I was so frustrated but several people here encouraged me to do it backwards and it was much better, they were right!

March 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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The process of language learning is usually slow... If there was a way to strengthen your tree faster and easier it wouldn't help your learning too much. The goal should be to remember all the material here and in my experience that really comes around Level 25 which requires 30,000 XP. You would/will have to do ten times more work than you've already done to get there. For most people that comes long time after finishing the tree, so it comes from strenghtening exercises or actually from repeating all skills again. Doing so much (even if sometimes tedious) work is really the only way to learn all the material. I'd suggest if you do 40 XP a day then do 20 by doing repetitions and 20 by doing new lessons. If you do only new lessons you won't remember much. I personally wouldn't recommend going through the tree without strengthening it and then make the whole tree gold again. It's waaaaay too frustrating. It can actually feel like you previously learned nothing.

Good luck and happy learning.

March 11, 2018
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