How to do the tree?
I am relatively new to the program. How do you guys do it? Do you pick a topic bubble and max it out before moving on? I am confused about how to pace myself through the course properly.
Well I don't know that my method is the best, or even a good way, but... I work on a group of three or four bubbles at a time, doing a couple of lessons in each one of them every day until they are all up to the current level I'm working on in the over-all tree. So I'm currently on level two on the entire tree working upto level three on the entire tree. That is until Duolingo added twenty or thirty new skills set at intro-level one. I have been testing out or otherwise getting the new skills up to speed.
I am also interested in how others plan their course of study. The new Crown system seems so inefficient and disruptive to me I can only believe I must be doing it wrong. LOL
I divide the tree into sections separated by the checkpoints.
Each section is assigned a minimal level and each subsequent section is one lower. Whenever I pass a checkpoint all preceeding sections have their minimum levels increased by one.
E.g. suppose you have four sections, then progression will look like this:
I raise skills within a section top to bottom and left to right.
Besides this, I monitor my lessons on duome.eu/username/progress Whenever a lesson drops below 100% it needs reinforcing. Reinforcing always takes priority over new material, lowest percentage first. When reinforcing I manually click the lessons on duolingo.com to avoid going into practice mode which will not raise crown levels (to avoid doing double work).
This scheme favours strengthening the basis over advancing into new material but still spreads repetition of skills over time.
I finished the French and Spanish trees under the old system, but based on what I am experiencing of the new system I would recommend that you study a skill until you are comfortable with it and/or can do it relatively error-free. In some skills, especially the earlier ones, it may be that only one pass through will be fine. For other skills it may mean going through it two, three or more times. That is the approach that I will use when I start my next language on Duolingo.
As to how I use Duolingo now, when the transition happened I had skills at levels 1, 2 and 3. I decided to go through the skill tree in order to get everything to level 3. This works well for me because at this stage I am doing more reviewing than active learning.
I'm more experienced with the older system. There I'd try to perfect before moving on. The crown level version is a little less clear. I'm trying to level up everything to level 1 before moving to level 2. I've heard another person getting each lesson to level 3 before moving on. My best advice is do the same lesson and level it up until you're feeling confident, then move on the next so that you don't get bored.