What is your learning style?
Do you find it more beneficial to go all the way through the "tree" of courses at level 1 and then go back through again for level 2 and so on until you get to 5.... or is it better to get to level 5 on each course before moving to the next one and slowly working down the tree?
Interested in how different people complete the learning courses.
Personally I do a few skills, bring them to 1 or 2, move on, and then go back and bring those skills to 3 or 4, move on again, and then go all the way to 5. I feel like this helps me to remember them long term :)
Compso. This is exactly what I do and it seems to work well. I'm a bit of a completionist and like to even up my skills and this never gets boring.
Ditto, Linda! Spaced repetition is key, and you are totally right about it staying interesting!! :D
I too follow this scheme, alternating between new topics/vocabulary and repetition of what I have already learnt.
I use this approach: http://making.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo
Personally, I rarely take any 'modules' to level 5, unless there are very few lessons in them, or I really feel I need that much repetition.
I prefer to take each module to level 2, then go a bit further, and then go back and take it to level 3, and go a bit further before I come back and take it to level 4. Try to get in a bit of spaced repetition that way, without forgetting too much.
And then I revist the tips & notes as much as I feel is necessary as I go along.
I usually do one new skill (with skill I mean one topic) a day in which I do the various exercises from the different lessons and I look through the comment section. I also read the ''Tipps and notes'' of the day and if I need to rewiev some grammar or to learn new grammatic rules, I do that too.
After I finish the skill (and I reach level 1) I try to jump to the 2nd level through one test (the test where there are 3 hearts and if you loose all of them, you fail the test).
Later I take the old skills from level 2 to level 3 (or from level 1 to level 2) using the same test with the 3 hearts (I don't know how it is called, sorry).
In the end I try practising what I learned up to that point with the ''Practice'' test.
In 8 days I have studied the first 6 skills and I have taken the first 3 skills to level 5. I'll take the other ones up to level 5 in the next days while I'll also try new lessons.
And you? Do you prefer going through the tree once and then try again for level 2? Or do you prefer to review what you learned in the various lessons?
Anyway your question was really interesting. Good luck with your study! :D
First I do the whole tree at L1, then take sections and keep converting them to L2, L3... L5. Once all the units in a course are at L2, i move to a new course while converting the current course to L5.
i do them all to 5. Think of it like this. If i tried to remember one phone number for one day, then try to remember another one the next day. I wouldnt remember it that well, or not for long. But if i tried rememebering it for a week, its more likely to stay in my head for longer. You could also think of it like getting a new phone number everyday. You wouldnt remember each one, but if you had one phone number for a month, you would remember it better. If this makes sense. :)
I tested out of all the lower levels fairly quickly, and then went back though the rest of the tree going up a level each time.
It depends on the language being learned. In Italian and German I would advance the tree up (or down..) making level 1 or 2 lessons one after another, but in Japanese I would re-start from the beginning when I feel I'm progressing too slow. I don't want to make level 5 of some boringly repetitive 'buongiornos' but I might want to review some hiraganas at a bit slower rate.
I start off a session by using the practice button, then I complete 1 skill to crown level 1. The next day I'll use the practice button, then test out of the other 4 crown levels for the skill I completed the day before.
I must be slow, as I am in my late 60s. I am taking each section up to 5. I may not complete a section before reaching my goal for the day so I may spend 2 or 3 days on a section, however, when I've completed my goals for the day, I continually go back to reinforce what I've already learned, read the tips and follow the discussion boards. I'm not in a hurry. I also do TV RAI classic italian movies, always listening for words I know and play lots of italian music of all genres (except rap, no rap for me)