How often do you initially listen to a lesson?
I'm coming in to Lingq with a few thousand words already under my belt from past study, so for the first few months, I was just blowing through material building my known word count and building up listening hours. The beginner-level content hasn't been very interesting, so repeating lessons got tedious real quick.
But now that that well is starting to go dry, and I'm finding value in using Sentence Mode more, and repeating each sentence until I start to get a feel for the meaning of the whole sentence in my head. I'm reading more interesting content, so this has been working for me. Importing lessons and editing them as best I can get them is fun for me (scratches my OCD itch, I guess), and I've found that kind of focused effort is helping me learn the words better, too.
I'm basically working on building like 3 different courses, plus studying maybe 4-5 other courses all at the same time. Sticking to one course at a time doesn't work well for me. I need lots of variety to keep me entertained. But I'm honestly still trying to figure out what I'm doing.
I've got two LingQ projects. One is a novel I am intensely reading that I intend to later listen to as an audiobook. The other is a podcast series that I listen to, then listen to with text, and then I listen again.
Having different kinds of projects in parallel is not a conflict if each is accessed better at different times of the day from different devices.
I think that reading after you've already listened for gist is kind of exciting because you can see what you missed. And listening after you've read tends to be very easy so you can practice immersive listening while multitasking with something else.
I think making intensive and extensive passes at the same content is good if sufficient time has passed that you can see it with new eyes and not get bored.
I listen to a lesson once, that's it. Read it twice, once without the generated audio, once with. (Although I'm not really following LingQ's lesson / courses, I'm more importing books / articles I want)
I'm going to continue to import lesson after lesson and just bombard my brain with tons of input. That seems to be at the core of what Steve talks about on his YouTube. That's what I'm trying to get out of LingQ. Tons of input.
I'll use other language learning methods if I want repetition. The power of LingQ is in its ability for the user to get tons of input in a short amount of time.
I'm positive that I'm overlooking how great repetition could be on LingQ, but I'm not worried about it yet. I'm at Around 350 words (that aren't terms / names / or-something-else-goofy), and I'm enjoying it.
As far as working on more than 1 lesson at a time, I recommend working on 1 lesson at a time until you understand LingQ. Now that I understand LingQ, I am going to begin importing German news articles daily. At the same time, I'm reading a book in German on LingQ.
So that's 2 "courses", working (a bit) on 2 lessons a day. I suppose it matters how much time you want to put into LingQ per day, too.
It's probably best to work on multiple cycles. That is, you listen to the audio again straight away, then again washing the dishes that night, then again the following day, then again in a few days, then again a week later, etc., increasing the intervals each time. Are you familiar with the forgetting curve? I recommend you looking up the theory of an SRS.
At the start of the year, when I was a complete beginner in Italian, I listened to a lot of repetitive material. I probably ended up listening to the Mini Stories about 15x each. You want to be constantly reading/listening to new material, but repeating material is good too, especially at the very beginning, A0/A1 level.