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
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
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).
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. :(
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.
The key is not how many lessons, but how often you repeat each level of lesson. I never do more than that one level per day in any skill. But I have five skills going at once (all at different levels) in each language I'm studying. So it takes me 5 days to learn a specific skill in a language, but with the daily lessons, I get the spaced repetition that helps it all to stick. Once my system is fully underway, I'm completing one skill to gold every day in each of the languages I'm learning.
Here's my system:
I use a variation of the hover method. It seems to work well for me:
Day 1: I try to jump to level 1 in the first skill.
Day 2: I jump to level 1 in skill 2, jump to level 2 in skill 1.
Day 3: jump to level 1 in skill 3, jump to level 2 in skill 2, jump to level 3 in skill 1.
Day 4: jump to level 1 in skill 4, jump to level 2 in skill 3, jump to level 3 in skill 2, jump to level 4 in skill 1.
Day 5: jump to level 1 in skill 5, jump to level 2 in skill 4, jump to level 3 in skill 3, jump to level 4 in skill 2, study to level 5 in skill 1.
Day 6: jump to level 1 in skill 6, jump to level 2 in skill 5, jump to level 3 in skill 4, jump to level 4 in skill 3, study to level 5 in skill 2.
I just keep doing that. Also, after I get 6 golds, I go back to skill 1 and practice that (then after 7 golds, practice skill 2, etc.). I just keep rolling through the tree using this method. Jumping the skills seems to make me focus enough to keep what I've learned in my memory. If I fail any jump, I do the lessons to finish the level.
The key, I've found, is to wait a day before advancing to the next level in a skill. You actually learn a lot of the day's input when you sleep. So you won't think you remember at first, but after a day or two, all of the words of a skill will be in your memory and the final levels will be much easier.
Nicely done Ian. I feel that I am Not getting out of this course what I could or should. I tend to accelerate, not a problem in the early stages of Spanish based on my street knowledge, but decidedly more detrimental as I approached the Second Stage. At that point, I stopped dead in my tracks and completely reviewed everything until I felt I could go forward. It was rewarding. Your methodology bears some studying if only for a single language. I don't know how I rec'd your post but thanks again. Brian
Yeah. I used to go as fast as I could when I was first using Duolingo. I soon burned out and couldn't face Duolingo for months. That was my brain telling me I needed to slow down. Now I really try to make sure I'm managing my fatigue level, and if I feel stressed when coming to Duolingo in the morning, I pull back a bit, drop a few skills and keep going at a low level until I feel ready to go again. I found out a while ago that the brain needs inactivity (whether it's just a night's sleep or a few weeks off) in order to fully process input, so these days I'm not scared of cutting back on my Duolingo use or of taking a rest every now and again.