How many lessons a day should I do?
In order to retain the most knowledge and not lose too much how many lessons should I do a day? Thanks for your responses
At one point I was doing nine. Now, I always do at least three, because I've finished the tree and it's not as helpful anymore.
Each day I first bring any lessons back to gold that have tarnished, then I alternate between lesson practice and completing new lessons. Try to keep things gold and you will retain the knowledge thanks to SRS.
( With one exception, I absolutely hated pronouns 2 and have not done anything with it since completing it. )
On the old version of duo when you finished a lesson it would have a progress bar and become gold when totally finished. Overtime it would diminish, and every time you refreshed it the lesson would diminish more slowly. Now with crowns they don't diminish so you don't have to refresh your gained levels. In today's website the equivalent activity would just be doing a few timed practices a day because the website keeps track of how well you know each word.
I think the old system is better, but this one is less frustrating for a lot of people and it's still good, so whatever.
I have terrible retention so I do lesson practice far more than lessons. I feel it's far more important to learn what has been taught than to plow through the lessons. I'm learning French and I've basically stopped just before infinitive verbs because I just do not get prepositions... at least French prepositions. I think it is important to understand the sentence structure the duolingo is trying to impress upon you so practice, practice, practice. ;p
I like to move quickly, so though some days I only do a little reviewing, the days I do new lessons I like to do 3 or 4. It's more fun, I think. :)
The number of lessons I do each day is highly erratic; sometimes I only do one lesson, sometimes I play Duolingo for hours on end, not even keeping track of how many lessons I've done. ... Then of course there are the days where I forget to use Duolingo and I lose my streak. :(
There is no hard and fast rule. It depends on how much time you spend on Duolingo and how comfortable you are with the material. I only spend about 3-4 hours a week learning Spanish (2-3 hours on the weekends and about 15 minutes a day on weekdays). I might go through 4-8 lessons each week, though I do sometimes go through more when I have extra time.
Someone with more time than me or some prior experience with the language they are trying to learn might be able to blaze through lessons much faster. I tend to go slowly though since I spend a lot of my Spanish learning time practicing weakest words or using other Spanish resources like Rocket Spanish, Spanish Dict, and Study Spanish, in order to understand grammar.
Like others have commented, do as many as you feel like (but remember you probably have a limit on how many words you can learn per day :))
However, it is important to not neglect the lesson practice (i.e. repetition)! I did not pay attention when I started learning Portuguese, thinking that Duolingo would automatically provide me with the repetition I needed. So I blazed through lessons, and never clicked those Lesson Practice or Strengthen Skills buttons ...
The result is that I am still playing catch-up, and have a metric boat-load of words I need to practice. I blame this entirely on myself, but Duolingo could maybe have prodded me a little towards doing lesson practice and strengthening my skills.
What I do is that I will only do a couple of lessons to start with, and then I spend some time with the "practice weakest words" until I feel confident that I'm doing well, then I do another lesson or two and so on. It's all in finding the right balance for you, which will also change depending on the lesson (I've had some where I grasped it so quickly that I was fine doing around 20 lessons in a day, and I've had some where it took me 10 tries before I finally managed to figure it out and pass the lesson).
I do at least one a day, but I repeat it at least 3 times. Then I go back to the beginning and re-do everything.
I do 10 practice skills before I start learning new ones. If my OCD kicks in, I don't stop doing the practice tests until I get to the one where I don't lose a heart or make a mistake.
That is up to you but i normally do one lesson a day, or if im feeling reallyy happy i do two.
Ive found it best to do 1 new lesson after doing 3 review lessons,at least once per day.
At my prime I would rack up about 200-400 points per day (for 4 months) now after 6 months of learning German I have slowed to about at minimum 80-100, although I sometimes do a little more. I move o to a new skill gradual and take physical notes on vocab and grammar also. I would say 30% of the tests I do are practice tests. It is important to strengthen the neural pathways for the language in your head so you have to keep them active by repetition.