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Point System Integrity

nóng fū

nóng fū

According to the 24 hour point clock, three days ago "slguell" accumulated 847,000 points.  Now, that user has accumulated 2,382,700 points in a three day span.  Surely, RL must monitor point system results?  Has the integrity of the point system been compromised?
 
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

I think there have been some problems with the point system that go back a long way, and I am discouraged by it to the point that I try not to pay attention to points anymore. I just try to learn Spanish.

That said, every time I go to the leaderboard I am astonished at how many points you and a few other users have earned. If I may ask, how many hours a day do you study to earn so many points?
nóng fū

nóng fū

Dan,
I'm living in Taiwan and am highly motivated to raise my Mandarin fluency levels.  So, in the last 3 years I have had 3 different streaks that total 736 days and generate approximately 1000 points per hour.  That translates to something over 2000 hours of study over the last 3 years.  In addition to RL, I'm also working a textbook based program.  My estimate is that in another 3 years I'll have achieved conversational fluency in Mandarin - unfortunately the current RL program set cannot take me there.
 
Steven-W15

Steven-W15

Impressive.
 
trutenor

trutenor

At first I wondered how it was that certain users could have such high scores, and then I realized that its not "how long" you study, but "how much" you study.  

Usually when I study my Japanese, I'll take on maybe one or two topics (like the last two recent ones) and finish off with the writing excercises.  That would take me about an hour at most, and I would have a score of at least 400.

But then I decided to do a drill of the entire first Unit of material.  That got me up to 1000.  Then I started studying the extra material that came with my order, which was "survival" stuff.  That got me to 1500.  Then right as I was about to finish, I discovered the flash cards section, and that easily got me past 2000.

IMO, the flash cards can easily earn you points, as its constant drilling and doesn't take as much time, especially once you start mastering the stuff.  I earned these points in about 4 hours, but only because I didn't rush it.  I took mini breaks, I drank lots of water, I took a walk, I translated a bit to make sure I truly understood the material and wasn't cramming, etc.

If you have a free day where you literally have no other obligations (like a day off from school or work), then you can log in all those hours.  But for the average person who might have other obligations such as family, then it gets to be a bit more difficult.  At least, that's my take on it.
Margaret-RocketLanguages

Margaret-RocketLanguages

Hi nóng fū,

Our apologies for any concern caused.  There was an error with the number of points user slguell was allocated while using their Rocket Sign Language course, but this should have now been corrected.  

I hope this helps!
nóng fū

nóng fū

Thank you Margaret.
crisfreitas

crisfreitas

I dont know guys but when you are concerned to learn a language you should go for it... earn points it is only a way to motivate some new students...
 
trutenor

trutenor

Not neccesarily just "new" students.  Whenever I see the leaderboards,  it lights a fire inside me and reminds me that I'm not the only one working hard.   With that said, I try my best not for "ranking", but to be the best that I can be.
 

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