At what stage does everyone start "slowing down"?
I have been making good progress but am finding that now I am at level 11 everything is getting a bit muddled and I'm mixing up tenses and forgetting quite a lot of the rules. Is this par for the course? (pardon the pun :-)).
You are gonna get very different answers for this. People learn quicker than others. You are only level 11 but have progressed much further than i have. I noticed that the tree started to become more difficult after the Colours section. Prior to that it was lots of fun, now i struggle a lot more. Perhaps you are not practicing enough. It is hard for things to stay in your head when you are going fast and learning lots of new concepts.
Ah yes, I see what you mean. I had a week off work and went "hell for leather" through the various stages. I don't pay much attention to how many hearts I get either, often just scraping through with no hearts left at all. Guess I should slow down a bit and make sure I fully understand one concept before I start on another. I'm waiting on a grammar book from Amazon any day now too, so hopefully that wll help.
I think it is the downside of Duolingo's notification system. Everyday I get a message to start learning a whole new skill, not taking into account that a new skill will introduce new concepts and with that the inevitable confusion.
Like IAmJon said, after the colors section it gets harder for me as well.
I'd certainly advice against going through the tree too fast - not so much because of grammar but because it will mean that you accumulate more words than duolingos system will let you acquire - it seems that if you go too fast a whole lot of words just get left behind and aren't really repeated - for example, I don't think I have seen most of the colours after I did that lesson several weeks ago. Now I only do 1-2 new lessons a day (or none) and do lots of "practice weakest words" and immersion.
I do try to do some, at least, each day but comparing my stats with yours and IAmJon's, it appears I have been working too fast and not properly consolidating the grammar. I didn't actually realise that you could still progress to higher levels by practising what you already knew. I thought you only did that if you went onto another section. Time for me to relax a bit and do some revision I think. :-)
Yeah, I found this out a while ago. Use the "practice skill" for lessons you've already done. Not only do you solidify your knowledge but also you rack up the points--up to 20. Contrast this with bulldozing your way through difficult new lessons where you may not get any points at all after spending minutes doing one.
I probably practice too much! I find practicing much easier, so i will try one of the new harder lessons and if i fail i will take a break and do some practicing instead. Although as i have progressed the practicing has started to become harder as well. I never used to use the timed practice function, but as i am starting to struggle to get through a whole practice section with all 3 hearts, i have started using the timed practice just to get points on the board. But it is not the same as i don't feel i learn as much from it.
In one of the threads it was suggested to go back to the beginning and redo every lesson until you get a perfect score, (I thought it was here but I'm not seeing it now) so I've been doing that and I'm amazed at how things are coming together for me so much better now. I was also beginning to get rather muddled, much as you've described, buffalump21.
I think doing every single lesson until you reach perfection might be a little bit too demotivating for me. Just one typo could mean you have to do the whole thing again! I need to be a bit more realistic than that. After all, my use of English isn't 'perfect' so I'm unlikely to be able to reach perfection in French. :-)