Well i think to get the feel of basic movements, training mode. Like just spend 5-10 mins in training mode doing half circle,full circle, quarter circle back, quarter circle forward, dragon punch motions
like once you learn that go into a match or arcade mode and put them to a test. Finding something difficult to pull off? then go back to training mode and do the motion again, maybe your not doing it right or you just need to be more comfortable with it.
Depends what game i am playing aswell.
SF4- Training mode for links and anything specific i want to test, Arcade mode to get better at reactions or against a buddy in offline matches (never play online just can’t stand lag)
UMvC3- always in training mode for perfecting combo’s, testing combo’s per situation and such. I will play online for UMvC3 at times but i much rather prefer going out to local places where there is a bunch of people playing to get better.