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How many of you are going Gold-Gold?

I don't go on to a skill until I've golded all the previous skills. To me, it really helps me remember everything I am learning as someone who is just starting out in learning Chinese. How many of you are doing the same as well? I'm curious, because I've seen another strategy where people go to lv 3 then go back later and make it lv 5.

May 16, 2019

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Alissa914

I always go to lv 5 then I continue on another lesson. I think some people finish everything first then go back to go to lv 5. Maybe because that can help them review. I think finishing it to lv 5 for me is a better way because that helps me to remember what I learned from the lesson, but for people that like to make it to lv 1 first, I wouldn't say anything about them because everyone has a different opinion on things. But making it to lv 5 is easier for me.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Benjamin391561

Hi PP,

I do the same (Gold every skill before going to the next one). It's easier to plan for (I have planned to do about 1 skill per day average during 3 months to finish the Chinese Tree). I consider that timed practices (Web UI) is a good opportunity to reinforce the vocabulary I lose every now and then ; that and Anki. The "hover" strategy seems better to me in terms of spaced repetition, but as mentioned earlier, it's harder to plan for and since I started doing differently and had already spent a dozen hours planning it all with an Excel sheet, I fell victim to the sunk cost fallacy :-)

Hope you enjoy your learning experience, cheers!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/brownie914253

I do the opposite, I move down to the next skill as soon as I finish level one. I only level up on previous skills when I start slowing down on the later skills. Review of the earlier lessons gives me confidence to "fake it til I make it" on later skills.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit

Bad strategy! Go down the tree in waves. One section to level one, then the whole section to level two while you get the next to level one and so on.

This way it gets into your long term memory better. Rushing to get everything gold is a waste of the lessons. The brain needs time to assimilate what it has learned.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zia177448

I turn a skill blue, then go back the next day and do one or two lessons on that skill. Repeat every few days. Spaced repetition is generally best for remembering something in the long term, doing everything at once tends to put the lesson in short term memory only (and gets rather tedious). If I feel I need more practice than that, I use the practice button (or do more flashcard repetition).

This is what duolingo suggests:

https://making.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LittlemissLia

I don’t do this. About the first third of my skills are at level three or above, then the next third are level two, and the last third are level one. I have a few gold skills but I don’t try to do it all in one go.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ricardo471270

Hi, In German I applied the same strategy (gold-gold), but in French, I am in the way to complete the Level 2 in all course. I think the second way in better.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ccbbc3

I begin chinese first time of my life, 4 monthes ago. Il am doing complete tree level 1, then I'll do it level 2 and so on. I do all the exercises + several practices

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ros186385

It depends on how much I think I'll retain. Because for me Chinese is new, and also harder to learn due to how different it is from English, I'm more likely to consolidate skills before I move on to new vocabulary. But I'm not going as far as to "gold" each skill before moving on to the next, because I like a little variety.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dave132258

Usually, by the time I get to level 4, I've mastered that level and the additional review isn't going to help if that review is immediate. So, I move along. Currently, I have about a dozen golds, and nearly as many 4's. With a few 3's, 2's, and 1's. I usually start my day with a level 4 lesson or two to try to move them up to gold, and to spread the review of that material out over a couple of weeks. I find that frequent, prolonged review helps memory retention.

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick159815

Yeh I'll do gold on everything which I feel like I am understand. Anything I can't understand, I leave at 3 and then go back to it

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mawkush1

What I am doing is:

I simply go from Lv0 to Lv5, without a new Skill. Once, I mastered it, only then I will learn new skill.

May 16, 2019
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