I know this is probably a difficult question to answer but: What specifically is frustrating about it? Is it the indecision of what to study next? Is it inconsistency in the level of challenge from one lesson to the next? Is it something else?
I am a fan of ChinesePod’s original methodology: “Chinese on YOUR terms.” Study whatever you want. But I do have to confess that, even from the beginning, they haven’t done a good job of explaining the methodology to students.
So, I guess what I’m trying to figure out is: What actually is the problem? Is the unstructured methodology itself the problem? Or perhaps might it be the lack of guidance on how to use the unstructured methodology? My gut feeling is that it’s the latter.
If you can think of ways to explain your experience, I would love to hear it.