https://www.duolingo.com/Keeforossi

How to Not Forget Earlier Lessons..

Hi guys and gals!

As you can see by my Level in Swedish, I'm not exactly the most advanced user, however I'm finding that I am forgetting things I've learnt in earlier lessons.

My strength bars show as full, but occasionally something pops up that I SHOULD know, and I fluff it and get frustrated, so...

Does anybody have any tips on how to stay sharp on things you've already learned, whilst still progressing through the course?

Or am I just expecting too much to be able to remember everything I've learnt? :D

January 3, 2015

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/joy.brake

You are expecting too much :-) Don't worry, the algorithms will keep throwing the old material back at you and it will sink in. Make sure you keep the old skills "golden". If your previously learned skill are still gold coloured circles you can click the Practice Weak Skills link and it will run you through the weak material. As you are at level 7 you will also benefit from looking at other learning sources - online language sites, newspapers etc.

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanElias

Even when my old skills are still golden I do them over and over again. I do the oldest ones just by strengthening the skills in the individual skill, and the more recently done ones individually by lesson. I do not move on to a new skill until I'm satisfied I've internalised the material. This way I'm able to go into my 'words' tab, scan down the list and tell you the translation of each and every word!

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hcarleton

I generally finish each practice session with a round of "Strengthen Skills", or if there's something specific I feel I'm missing I'll go back and strengthen that section or do a specific lesson. You're probably not going to remember everything, but it helps keep you sharp. I find that the strength bars don't drop fast enough for me, so I don't rely on them at all.

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NagyDave

Just take your time, this is not a sprint, it is a marathon. :D As RyanElias said, repetition helps.

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lazy88panda

I definitely don't expect myself to remember everything right away. Personally, I just do sections until I feel confidently about them in the moment and then move on to the next section or lesson. As other posters have said, the words should come up in later lessons and you will see them again while keeping sections gold. Doing this over a period of many months or weeks should commit the words to memory without it feeling like so much work! That said, I'm still a beginner too and am working on the best method for me!

January 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Keeforossi

Thanks for the feedback guys, it's relieving to know that I'm just guilty of expecting too much too soon :D

I'm definitely going to make more of an effort to go back over previous lessons/tests to keep myself sharper; I think I became a bit too fixated on scrolling down the page instead of ensuring everything that I learnt previously had sunk in properly.

At least I can rest assured that I can inform my girlfriend that "Hästen äter min halsduk.".

January 4, 2015
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