[Suggestion] Allow to finish current exercise when timer runs out in Timed Practice
In Timed Practice, I often manage hit 'Submit' just after the timer runs out, and I get no points, even when I answered correctly.
I would like to be allowed to complete the last exercise even if the timer runs out during it.
Maybe this is too complicated, but I think it would also be nice if the timer could pause if we open the window to read the discussion comments for a question. Sometimes I want to see what others have said but don't have time to look because I would run out of time and the lesson would end.
That is a good idea, I also often want to look at the comments but do not have the time.
An alternative could be to add a sort of review of the exercises you completed, after finishing the session. That way the flow of the timed practice is not interrupted, and you can take your time to look at comments, check dictionary hints and report issues if you spotted any.
most of us on here would agree with that, as many have already voiced their concerns on this topic.
At present, if the counter is at 7 seconds or less, I usually accept the round as over and wait out the clock. This is a bit inefficient in the long run, and getting credit for an answer I started typing before the timer reached zero would cause me to attempt more sentences.
I imagine that Timed Practice is one of the more complex features (both in terms of coding and user habits) on this site, and it will probably take a few rounds of tinkering before most everyone is satisfied with the result.
Having a review of the mistakes at the end would be so great! That’s a great idea!
In a more general scheme (but maybe this has nothing to do in this current discussion), I globally find that the way Duolingo evaluates how good we know a given word is relatively opaque. It considers some of the words I can understand but cannot spell without making a small mistake as known and some words I consider knowing reappear relatively often. I understand this is one of the most difficult part of Duolingo’s code, but I prefer to share my feelings anyway ☺ The general idea of having a summing up of the kind of mistakes I often do (like mixing up the ending “-ig” and “-ich” in German) would make it less opaque and would be a huge improvement of Duolingo in my point of view.
It would be impressive if Duolingo was able to classify the errors we make and record their frequency, and give us exercises based on that.
To continue with this idea, it would be good if Duolingo could then give even more specific exercises. For instance, if I have problems with repeatedly mixing up words (like sou, sua, seu in Portoguese) Duolingo should be able to show me the conjugation schemata, or in some other way let me train on keeping those words apart.
The main reason I use Timed Practice is that it seems to remember the words I got right, and not throw them back at me immediately. I would prefer to use the untimed practice, but when I fail towards the very end, it seems to forget everything I got right and goes right back at asking me to translate "La madrugada" for the 1000th time.
Apart from this advantage, right now, I hate everything about timed practice. The timer doesn't pause when I get something wrong so I can't even quite look at the discussion or learn much from my mistakes.
Maybe I got it wrong and the untimed practice also remembers your right answers, who knows.
A feature that was requested a while back was to pause the timer after each question is answered and restart it when the new question is asked. This way we can check errors, see any discussion, or spend time figuring out what mistake we made before moving on to the next question. Currently, timed practice has way too many drawbacks, so I generally prefer to not use it. The only advantage of timed practice is more points (if you care about that) if you complete it.
Plus one for this idea. In particular, sometimes time runs out because I'm stuck on an exercise, and it would be great if I could use the rollover hints to remind myself of what I've forgotten. I agree with others that I would still like to finish the exercise even if it doesn't count for points.