https://www.duolingo.com/Trish667515

What's the proper order of study?

I love this platform and am using it (almost) daily. But I'm not sure I'm doing it in the best order. I studied up through the third "crown" in each topic in the first group (Intro, Phrases, Travel, Restaurant, Family, and Shopping) and then started doing the same in the next group (School, People, Greetings, etc.). Should I complete all levels of each grouping before moving on?

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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You'll remember better if you go on to something new, then go back and review to get to a higher level. Getting to the fifth crown immediately is sort of like doing all of your studying for a physics exam the night before the test. You might pass the test, but a couple of months later you probably won't remember anything.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pluusmuis
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Yeah, I'm slowly starting to figure that out.. It's very addictive to max out a skill immediately, but it's not very useful.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trish667515

That makes total sense. Thanks so much (from someone who used to study to the test in lots of subjects she no longer remembers).

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick_Pr
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So, here is what I do.

Before I can do a new lesson, I must have the lesson before it 1 level above what the new lesson will be AFTER I study it. So, if I want to study a new lesson, the row before it must be at level 2. But before I can move that up to level 2, the row before it must be at level 3, etc.) So, My tree starts with a bunch of level 5 lessons, then has a row of level 4, level 3, level 2, level 1, and then the next lessons for study. When I want to move on, I first move my highest level (4) up to level 5, and move down through the remaining lessons.

I always do the whole lesson, without testing out, until I get to level 4 and want to move to level 5. Here, I often test out because I feel comfortable with the material and 20 lessons is just too repetitive for me. If I can't test out the first try (hasn't happened yet) my rule is that I must complete 5 lessons in the skill before I try to test out again.

Here is a picture of my current tree: https://i.imgur.com/seHsOLR.jpg

As you can see, I just finished getting "Work" to level 4. Next, I have to get "Emotions" to level 4, then I can start getting "People 4" to level 3, then "Fashion, Travel 3, and Leisure" To level 2. Once those are at level 2, I can study "activities" for the first time. After I get "Activities" to level 1, "Work" and "Emotions" will have to be moved up to level 5, etc etc.

It's tough to stick to it sometimes, but I've found that my retention is pretty decent, and it keeps me from trying to learn too much at once. I also try to do a "practice" at least one a day just to mix things up and try to get older words.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gail667569

Thanks for the picture. It was helpful.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sisi_rider
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I like to learn new topic (i.e. get them to level 1 or 2), and going back to do earlier topics. As the levels increase the amount of lessons you have to do increases much more so this process always leaves you with a lot of room for repetition, which at the end is key to learning a new language.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bongo-Cat
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Just learn to get around first, and then go to the complicated stuff.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Demo318

You can use Duome.eu to see which of your skills need strengthening. I let it guide me to what lessons need practicing: https://duome.eu/Trish667515/progress

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gail667569

I thought you had to pass to level 5 before you could move on. So thank you for your information.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sagehw

Agree with the rest: only so any times I can type "the girl eats apples" before my eyes fall out. Jumping around is more fun and keeps the mind alive.

My question is how to get past level 5? I saw the 36/36 practice session but, no matter how many times I do it, it doesn't change. How do you get through that to level 6?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick_Pr
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There is no level 6; level 5 is maxed out.

6 months ago
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