Well... I did it :T
I felt as if I was going too fast over Italian, and I wanted to make sure I really understood the content. I reset the course, and since I've been working on in for so long it literally set me about 20,000 XP back, but I think it was the right decision. Over the next few weeks I plan to go back over it and make sure I know what I'm learning. It's already been helping me to go back over it, even if I'm doing everything over again!
Never mind the figures in Duolingo. XPs, levels, whatever numeral indices, are merely indicative. What really counts is only what you learn. You can tell this by how often you make mistakes in doing the exercises, and how much you can understand the language in newspapers, webpages, video, films, etc.
Perhaps when you reset the course, it didn't reset your level? Or maybe it could just be your current level in Italian right now.
I don't know! I'm kinda glad it stayed like that, didn't erase all of my work haha!
That was a brave move, but you know how your brain was feeling, so if you thought it was right, good on yer. Personally, I use the dumbbell practice system and (I'm just finishing Adjectives) I plan stopping for a few days of thorough all round practice on each lesson. I think we all learn in different ways, I use cheat sheets all over the place and I write down the irregular verbs and sentence structures. As for mistakes --- I make em all the time, particularly when I close the note book for the first time in the lesson. Any way, good luck and I hope it works for you.