How do you suggest using the Crown system if you completed a language tree?
I completed the Spanish tree 2 weeks ago and have been keeping it gold ever since. I'm not sure the best way to approach the new Crown system. It seems that Duo has placed me at some low levels at each skill with no way of skipping to my appropriate level. I do not think it is wise for me to review Basic 1 by spending hours repeating that I am a man, woman, or He eats apples. Pretty mind numbing. Should I just jump to the hard skills like Subjunctive or Modal and work myself up from there, or do I need to start low on the tree? Duo gives no advice on this?
I received the update yesterday and I love it. My tree had been gold for two months and I was ready for a change. I started at the bottom of the tree and I am strengthening my level one modules to level two. Once I have done that, I will go back to the bottom and make them all level three. I don’t mind the repetition. Learning a language is ALL about repetition! My queue has almost 3000 words in it. I want to master them all to the speed of thought. I will learn new material through watching Spanish TV, radio etc.
I'm mixing the lessons. Definitely not goldening everything. A hard one, an easy one. But I might not continue.
If you finished the tree, it is time to move on. Kwiziq, Gramatica de Uso del Espanol, Memrise, any good monolingual coursebook with audio, Clozemaster, and so on. You have tons of options.
There are several ways to go about this and you are by no means stuck working on Basics 1 for hours.
Try working backwards. Do a lesson (or a level) at the end of your tree, then move to the next to last and go up the tree that way. Climb it.
Chose to work on your weak areas. If you need more practice on Modals, Subjunctive, or other words, why not focus just on those for a while. If you find yourself making the same type of mistake, add some lessons that teaches that to your routine. I'm doing my reverse tree at the moment, but I did conditionals and demonstratives after making some mistakes in those areas. It's not that difficult to determine where you need more practice if you pay attention.
Use the skill strength viewer. All the skill decay information is still there. You can choose to keep everything up above 70% 80% or 90%. You can start with your weakest skill, do that for a while, then move on to the next weakest skill. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22449961/Skill-Strength-Viewer-userscript
Bring all your skills up to the same level. If any of yours are less than level 2 or 3, then level up those at the lower level. You don't necessarily have to do all the lessons required to level up in each skill all at once. Do one lesson, then move to the next skill at the lower level and do one lesson, and so on. You can really experiment and find what works best for you.
p.s. I experimented to see how long it would take me to level up in Basics 1. I hadn't planned on working on it, but was curious. The result is that it was not hours because each lesson only took me about 1 minute or 2 at the most. At that rate, each level is only about 5, 10, or 15 minutes each. With skills that have 10 or more lessons, then it will obviously take longer. Nevertheless, there's no reason you'd have to start there.
I like the p.s. have a lingot for it :-)
The Crowns are definitely giving me a lot of speedtyping practice :-D
Another option to that list:
A group of two or three skills, and switching between them at any moment the reviews get boring. When a skill is finished (or at a new level, if that is the goal), I move to a next one and keep "switching between two or three :-)
I completed my tree tree years ago and I would periodically return to make my tree gold again. My strategies won't change all that much.
When I'm ready to review again, I'll do two lessons in each of the skills dealing with verbs. I really don't need to review vocabulary any more, at least, not compared with verb conjugations.
You may also consider expanding your learning beyond Duo, if you already haven't. I'm a big fan of Memrise. They have a seven part Spanish course that gave me a lot of phrases and constructions that I hadn't learned here. You could easily skip part 1 and 2, and perhaps 3.
Have you found a practice partner yet? I use Lingbe and have toyed around with Tandem.