Practice exercise does not actually target the words that need practicing?
Does anyone else find that the practice exercises do not actually target the words the "words" page indicates needs reviewing?
Am i doing something wrong?
Elderwanda by "update" do you mean that Duo continues to use these nouns in the exercises? I can understand why they use Katze, Hund and Haus a lot because they know we know the gender of these nouns. So, when they are concentrating on noun, adjective and pronoun declensions we are certain of the gender and can go on and do the exercises without having to stop to consider the gender. Does this make sense?
I'm talking about the "Words" section at the top of the page, where it says, "Home Words Discussion Labs". If you click on "Words", you get a list of words you've learned. Each word has a "last practiced" and "strength". For some words, that information never changes. If I go and do a lesson right now, which contains the word "Katze", I should be able to look at that list afterwards and see that "Katze" is among my most recently practiced words. That is not the case. It will still say "10 months ago" for "last practiced", instead of saying, "5 minutes ago." Also, the strength bar remains at its lowest setting no matter what I do. That's what I mean by not updating.
Mind you, none of this is particularly important in the great scheme of things, as it doesn't keep me from practicing and learning. It's just slightly annoying on a psychological level. If I just spent ten minutes typing "Die Katze trinkt Milch" for the 100th day in a row, it's kind of irksome to see "Katze: Last practiced 10 months ago. OVERDUE."
I haven't counted them, but there are probably only a handful of words that do this.
the thing I dont like about the practice function is that it focuses on one (sometimes 2) lessons each time. Once you know what area is being tested, the words are easier to remember. It would be better if each question when doing a practice came from different completed lessons so you have to work harder to think about what the words are.
I almost hope it's not a test, because I can see the outcome being: Small percentage of new users who don't know or care about SRS stick around for two days longer because they get marked wrong less ->"we've removed SRS, as extensive testing has shown that this is what's best for everyone"