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Strengthen skills, kinda a nightmare

[deactivated user]

    Hello, I don't know if, according to the daily goal settings, the decaying speed changes, but the rhythm of that (mine is on 50 pts/day) is a really nightmare: I completed 5 of the 7 sessions of the turkish tree and I can't advance with new stuff because every day when I wake up, I have at least 4 skills that lost the golden stamp. Well, actually I can, but I'm trying to keep that tree a perfect one and I'd love to learn also new things; strengthen 4-5 topics every day takes time and I don't wanna even imagine what will happen when one day I won't open duolingo for 24h or more because of "stuff". So, the question is: is it normal that they decay so fast?

    April 20, 2015



    I also have worked quickly through the tree and am working hard to keep up with decaying skills. This is because skills decay on the basis of "spaced repitition." When you first learn a skill, you need to practice it frequently to keep it gold. The longer it has been gold, the more slowly it decays. This is in line with the way we actually remember things, needing frequent practice to move it from short- to long-term memory, and less frequent practice to maintain stored knowledge. So yes, it is normal for skills to decay quickly when you are workinig through the tree for the first time, and because you are doing multiple skills per day, all those skills will need practicing on the same schedule too. But if you put in the effort now, they will stay gold for longer and longer as you go.

    [deactivated user]

      Your words are a really relief for me: I had that supposition too, but I wanted to be sure about it, because it's the first time I keep going so much with a course. Teşekkür ederim!

      [deactivated user]

        No. It takes three days, usually, to lose the golden stamp. Is there something wrong with your computer?

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