https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

Shining your tree is easier than you might think

Hi,

after I returned from the reverse English -> French tree to the forward tree, I saw that it was in ruins. While I was busy with the reverse tree, I'd never strengthened a single skill for months, you can imagine what it looked like. It was a pitiful thing.

However, I took that chance to do a little experiment of my own. I formulated for myself the following rules:

  1. Each day, I repeat exactly three lessons.
  2. I start at the bottom of the tree
  3. I will not proceed to the next skill if not all previous skills are golden.
  4. If a skill looses its golden status, I will repeat it again instead of shining the next skill.
  5. Of course, all bonus skills are included.

So in the first days I thought it would be an impossible task, some of the difficult skills lost their golden status really quickly and I barely made progress. However, I discovered that the decay time does greatly depend on HOW you shine the skills. If you need multiple attempts and use the dictionary hints a lot, the decay is significantly faster.

Well, long story short, after following this rules for some weeks, I am now able to proudly declare that my whole French tree, from top to bottom, is completely golden. My new goal is to maintain it like that, meanwhile I will record some statistics which I will share with you in a few months.

TL;DR You can shine your whole tree by revising three lessons per day.

November 23, 2014

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hicksprof

I'll start today. Wish me good luck.

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alice54_Maree3.

territrades,that sounds like good advice.I am nearly finished my French tree.Awhile back I missed a few days here and there and my golden circles were disappearing very quickly.Like you ,I decided to do a few revision sessions each day before doing any more new skills.I did the opposite of you and started at the top of the tree.It took me quite a while to refill those circles but I finally got there and was able to move on to new skills.I am now on the last skill and my tree is still golden

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyeager84

Merci beaucoup - je l'essaierai aujourd'hui

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

I (at least temporarily) decided to keep my French tree golden. I do just one review lesson a day, and use a paper dictionary if I want to check a gender instead of pressing the hint button. Using this method, only five or six skills have faded for me.

November 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soupcatcher_Ogre

I am very skeptical but I have been doing three random make up lessons a day for a month now. I started when I was 17 lessons down. I also work on a new lesson two or three times a week. Today I am about 32 lessons down and will report back.

November 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/makiminami

Merci for this useful information! I might try it out while strengthening my French tree - it's a burden to slog through Timed Practice repeatedly and regolden those really annoying skills with a lot of lessons. And then discover they decay the next day. So annoying.

November 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gevierre

You know, that's not a bad idea. thanks for the tips!

November 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John.Ru

Does it make a difference to go through each individual skill vs. just doing "strengthen skills"?

November 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ace_9653

Yep, you get more practice with a certain individual skill, allowing that skill to be repeated multiple times and thoroughly shined. If you just strengthen skills, its a much broader practice then if you do it individually.

November 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whitepearl14

I agree. Plus, sometimes my keyboard on the timed tests gets slow and I can't help but fail. So, I try to continue things I CAN do, and still progress.

November 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gavier

When I first finished my tree the upper branches were in pretty poor repair and it took a few days to get it all golded up again. Maintaining it is easy enough with just one lesson or a 'strengthen skill' session per day. I try to do more of course! I was interested about your comment on using dictionary hints - does this have an impact? I hadn't noticed that it does.

November 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/whitepearl14

I guess I am on the right track after all. I have not attempted a new skill for several days. I noticed that my golden tree needed repair work. So, I started going over what I thought I knew. Seems I didn't really know it like I thought. Thanks for sharing your method. Enjoy all the comments and ideas. Keep up the practice, right?

November 26, 2014
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