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Lesson material retention

I have got up to level 13 and about 80% through the tree. i stopped and went back and took some tests on units. it took me two to four times to pass the more difficult ones. Is there a method to increase retention. Tpicall i do a unit then translate part of a document then go to the next lesson. Any suggestions?

July 28, 2013



Hit the practice button a lot. At least, that's what I do..


I do the practice a lot, but I also go back and re-do each lesson, since seeing the word in just one session is not enough to remember it as well as the older words I know. That, or I practice for each group of lessons.


If you're at level 13 and 4/5 through the tree, it sounds like you're not spending a great deal of time practicing or repeating lessons. I doubt very many people will retain much of the material without actually spending more time reviewing and practicing than they did initially doing the lessons.


I spend about 1/3 of my time doing review the other 2/3 is translatining and new lessons. I am not new to Spanish (many years ago i had 3 college semesters) I tested out of the first two groups completely ..maybe that was a mistake. my errors tend to be articles gender and possesives not the material itself. What im looking for in this question is to hear what people are doing specifically to retain more. For example do one new lesson one old lesson or whatever.


How I use Duolingo has evolved a bit since I began, as I've had to adjust to ensure that I'm retaining as much of what I'm exposed to as possible. I think that each user has to find the balance of new lessons and review that works best for themselves. What seems to work for me with Spanish is to spend between 70 and 80% of my time repeating lessons, practicing vocabulary or doing immersion work. If I spend much less time reinforcing what I learn in new lessons, don't retain it as well as I'd like. If I were to spend any time working on German, which I learned to speak a bit of when I was in the military and stationed there, my approach might be different since I have a foundation in the language already.

Having said all of that, I suppose my advice would be essentially the same: spend more time locking down the material and less on new material. In your case, however, that's almost a moot point given how close you are too the end of the tree. Experiment with the lessons to review ratio until you find what's best for you.

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