Just had a look at the Cochlear Aust site as thats where my CI comes from. I think I will have to start asking more technical questions rather than just going with the flow. Will email a couple of people and see what comes up as you have me worried I may not be getting the best result.
Maybe we better move to my thread rather than hijack Suzie's one here.
I would not worry too much about the strategies - it's likely that as you have the Freedom you'll either be on ACE or Hi Ace. The other speech strategies were used more with older models of CIs.
One bit of technical information I did find useful though was to find out the program speed (ie the refresh rate of the electrical impulses fired to your nerve). I discovered that those who have been born deaf (and actually many post linguals too) do better at slower speeds. I discovered that my audie had me on the highest program speed 2400. So I asked her if I could go down in speed. When I did that, I was very pleased with the difference it made and things sounded a lot more natural.
However, since you have just been activated ask your audie what your program speed is but leave it at that until maybe 12 weeks. Audies seem to take very different approaches. A friend of mine who is also prelingual, was started on a very low program speed and has gradually worked her way up.