https://www.duolingo.com/guacamaoli

Too many lessons need to be practiced!! help

Ok so I have been using duolingo for a month and I started off doing quite a few lessons a day, but now all of them are decaying and need practice and in a normal day I would have to do about 30 Practice lessons , would the "practice weak skills" buttons help me practice all of them at once and get them to all go golden?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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writchie4 wrote an excellent response to a similar question a couple of days ago. It has a really good link in it, too, that's worth following.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6572730

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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That's really too many. You may be going too fast. I try to do only one new lesson a day, and strengthen 2-4. No more than that for it to be effective. And I do the skill-specific strengthening, not the general.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

I have the same problem. What I have been doing I using my Iphone app to look at the weak words within a section and do a lesson or two with the most weak words. If the lesson is one that becomes ungold frequently I strengthen that section. But lost of the time I find doing lessons that target the "weak words" within a unit works best for me. And going back is good. For example, Determiners stumped me for a long time and would not stay gold and today for whatever reason I understood it and got it gold. I dont know if it will stay gold, but I finally understand it after doing it so many times. So for one I find going back and golding units is a great way to review. But a unit that I get right away like travel or one that goes further back like occupations or adjectives 1 I might not worry about making gold again for a while if I know I breezed through those lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eleanorlh

Take a few days of break from learning new lessons, and regild all your old ones. Then maybe slow down with learning new lessons, one skill a day is pretty much the most you should be doing, and then once you're done with that one go back and regild a few. This way the weak skills won't pile up on you, but you'll still be able to learn new lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaParva

It's more efficient to practise the skills separately, using the "practise weak skills" button sometimes takes a really long time until you get even one skill back to golden, for some reason.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/guacamaoli

would stopping learning new lessons for a period of time and just continue doing the practice ones help to lessen them?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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Probably.

I found this blog entry very helpful in guiding my approach to working on DL and particularly keeping the tree gold.

http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-to-make-gold-duolingo-tree.html

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaParva

Thanks for sharing this!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Macjory
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I sympathize with you! I didn't notice this problem on the Spanish tree, but the Portuguese one is giving me fits! It seems to me that the sentences in the "strengthen skills" lesson are harder and include words and phrases that were never taught, so it seems to take forever to complete them in order to make the skill gold again. It's very demoralizing, I have to say. The other frustrating thing is that the correct translation seems quite arbitrary (e.g., if Duolingo has taught several words with the same general meaning, it only accepts one of them as the correct answer to the sentence). I feel like I'm trying to mind read whoever created the exercise!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

I re-golden my skills as soon as they decay. It's the first thing I do each day for both trees. Then I go on to do as many new lessons as my head can hold without exploding, then I go and do easy review until I get my 300 xp done. As I go along, what was once hard review becomes easy. I like to do timed practice for each skill in order, until I hit a skill that is hard enough for me that I run out of time. Then I review each lesson in that skill again and try the timed practice afterwards. Usually by then I can get through it all. If not, I skip it for a while and go back later. I get frustrated if I still don't get it after redoing all the individual lessons, so I just don't keep bashing my head against it but leave it to rest and come back later when I'm fresh.

It's easy this way to keep the whole tree golden. I think duolingo has an algorithm that it uses to decide when the optimum time to practice old skills is, so that you don't lose them and so that they go into your long term memory. So I try to honor that and practice as soon as it tells me it's time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/landsend
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If you try to keep every skill golden every time you practise it is unnecessary stress. Let some decay more and practise them later. Sometimes it needs just one skill specific practice to gain two or three bars. When you practise as soon as you lose one, you would need three times the effort.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hatsunori

I have a similar question. :(

4 years ago
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