I've just completed my first tree, and I have some advice to help you to do the same.
As the title says, I just completed my first Duolingo tree, the German tree. I've been learning since early 2018. At first I had no idea what I was doing, but now I do, and I'd like to give some advice to any newer learners who may see this post.
- Use outside resources such as Tinycards, Memrise, Anki, etc. You can find user made decks or you can make your own. Also try to find textbooks. If you can't afford to buy any, try your local library.
- Repetition is key, but too much can be boring and not very beneficial. If you feel comfortable with a skill, move on and review it later.
- Have a notebook to write down any new words or words that aren't sticking. I find that writing things down helps me remember them. It can improve your spelling and handwriting, in both languages.
- Set your devices to your target language. You may not want to do this if you're just starting.
- If you're learning several languages at once, pick one to focus on the most. About 80 or 70% of your study time should go that one language.
- Use Duome to see more info about your progress on Duolingo. To see your profile, go to duome.eu/your username. Here you can see your levels, how much XP you need to level up in each language, your strength in each skill and some other things as well.
That's it! Good luck learning!
Thanks for the helpful tips and congrats on your achievement! I started learning German on here first, because I used to study it back in school, but I wasn't very good at it. And it's still hard, omg. The pronunciation will be the death of me, I tell you. My native language is Bulgarian (similar to Russian) and I just struggle with German a lot. Now I'm concentrating on Spanish because, oddly enough, it's like second nature to me. I'll get back to German eventually. Also if I may suggest another helpful tip: To memorize the verbs of a language (especially tenses and conjugation) I make an Ms Exel table and I put there all the verbs and their forms I encounter. Really helpful to me. Happy learning!