One of the key mechanics of Pokémon Go besides collecting and training Pokémon is to level up. At the beginning, it becomes really easy for trainers to go from level 1 to level 10, but the journey becomes progressively harder as more and more experiences are needed. Here are a few tricks and advice.
Catching Pokemon Edit
When trying to catch a Pokémon, it is crucial that a Pokémon stays in the ball. However, there are a few things that will help you level up faster than a simple throw, and that is to get the throw bonuses.
An easy bonus is the Curveball bonus. Although you may need some practice (recommended to do when you can spam a PokéStop), every successful capture will give you an additional 10 XP. This means that 10 successful captures with Curveball equals 11 successful captures without. To throw a Curveball, spin the Poké Ball until stars appear before throwing. (Sometimes a regular throw curves and could count as well.)
Next are the Nice, Great, and Excellent bonuses. They are valued at 10 XP, 50 XP, and 100 XP. To get these bonuses, you have to have a great aim. As you are capturing the Pokémon, there is a green circle that gets smaller over time. You have to time your throw and make it into the circle. The smaller the circle, the more XP you get. And just like Curveball, using this method allows you to level up that much faster.
*Note: Although the throw bonuses do not stack, you can get a Curveball bonus and a Nice, Great, or Excellent bonus on the same capture.
**Note 2: Sometimes the app does not recognize a Curveball so don't get frustrated.
Lucky Eggs Edit
In the game, there is an item called the Lucky Egg. This item will be rewarded at different levels or it can be purchased in the shop. When Lucky Egg is in play, the XP gotten doubles, but the effect only lasts half an hour so using it when hunting Pokémon might be too wasteful.
According to some trials, you can evolve about 50 Pokémon within the span of a Lucky Egg. However, in this case, it is better to over-prepare, like maybe 60 Pokémon. The reason is due to the animation which cannot be skipped for both the evolution and Pokédex registration, which allows you to evolve less Pokémon. Since each Poké-evolution gives 500 XP and 500 XP for each new Pokédex registration normally, you are looking at around 50,000 XP in 30 minutes.
Lure Module/PokéStop Edit
The only ways to gather items, besides buying them, is to level up or visit PokéStops. At PokéStops, you are able to receive 3-9 items each time it is available. Although these items are not guaranteed to be all Poké Ball, the chances of getting Poké Balls are high (normally at least 1 per PokéStop). That's not all, PokéStops also gives you XP (50 XP normally or 100 XP if you get 6+ items from one). They are also restocked every 5 minutes which allows you to spam a PokéStop for items and XP. (At least 600 XP/hour.) But that's not all.
In the game, there is an item called the Lure Module. When used, it attracts Pokémon or increases the rate of spawning for those in the area. This does not only affect the trainer using it, it affects the area so others may enjoy it. Well, the great part about this is a Lure Party. Gather a few of your friends and use Lure Modules to allow you and your friends to capture more Pokémon (or Incense for yourself only). After you use it, don't just sit there. The Lure spawns 1 Pokémon every minute or 200 meters if you move around, but only 1 every 5 minutes if you stay in the same spot. So it is best for you to use Lure in a place with lots of PokéStops close to one another. This way, you can spam PokéStops while the Lure attracts Pokémon to you. Each Lure lasts 30 minutes, so assuming you can catch all 30 Pokémon that spawn, that is another 3,000 XP + 3,000 XP for spamming that PokéStop.
Besides capturing Pokémon, you can also hatch them from Eggs. Eggs differ in distance required, 2 Km, 5 Km, and 10 Km (there is a rumoured 1 Km egg as well). This means, to hatch the eggs you need to walk around for that required distance.
However, it is important to noted that the distance is calculated according to GPS location and it is only updated periodically (about every 4 minutes). Also, the calculation is done through straight line distance not your traveled distance. This means if you have traveled 3 km North then 4 km East, by Pythagorean Theorem, you are only awarded 5 km and not the 7 km you traveled. So try to walk in straight lines for the entirety of the 4 minutes.
Key point is to always have an Egg in an Incubator. It is common for trainers to forget to place an Egg in the Incubator and wasted those kilometers. As a practice, every time you hatch an egg, go back to the egg section and check if there is an empty incubator.