ロウェナの学習ログ・(Rowena's Study Log)

Good to hear you’re very safe and that you shouldn’t be coming home to cinders! Enjoy your time away!


Last week’s plan went up in flames on day one, pretty much (assorted internal and external factors).

I have stopped all 3 SRSs. I am now behind in にゃんにゃん探偵団.

This week’s plan is to actually finish last week’s plan with particular focus on getting caught up with the book club. If things are going well, I will restart the SRSs.


I have caught back up to speed with the book club (I had to - the current (slower) schedule is the one I begged for, so it would be shameful to not finish the book with everyone else). It is quite satisfying to do when it is going well (it seems like the only place I get to actually apply what I’m learning), but it is time-consuming (n+10 instead of n+1 learning), so I’m toying with dropping out of the next scheduled read to have more time for non-Japanese bits of my life, and to stay away from book clubs until I have at least finished both Genki I and Shin Nihongo no Kiso I which should be about the end of June.

I took WK off vacation mode yesterday and am only doing reviews until I catch back up (it took a day and a half to realise I needed VM). The other SRSs are still on vacation until I start doing lessons in WK.

Next week’s informal plan is to finish にゃんにゃん探偵団 and to finish off left over pages from the mess that was the last two weeks of text and workbook studies.


I’m back! I turned off WK vacation mode just under an hour ago and did my first batch of reviews (67) and got a fairly lousy number right, but that is to be expected with no real study for the last 7 weeks. Thanks to @rawrdinosaur posting in their study log for giving me the impetus to get going again!


My accuracy in WK during the last week has not been great (as expected), but I didn’t take it to heart, and it is slowly improving. I’ve not started doing lessons yet as my many mistakes led to a spike in Apprentice and Guru numbers - I will continue without lessons this coming week until I get my Apprentice close to 0 and my Guru down to I’m not sure what, but I certainly want most of my Guru leeches sorted.

I have found I’m also having a hard time recalling my mnemonics system after 7 weeks off, so daily recall of a portion of those has been put in the schedule each morning in lieu of WK lessons.

It has become apparent that if something doesn’t have a checkbox beside it in my plan, it can easily get missed, so for the foreseeable future the 毎日 portion of my plans is gone and replaced with very repetitive daily items lists.

Similar to rawrdinosaur’s observations in their study log, I think the 3 SRSs I was using got a bit too much. I plan to leave off with Bunpro for the time being, and will slowly get back into Kitsun after I’m comfortable doing lessons on WK once more - as with WK, I’ll only do reviews for the first while (I am many chapters further ahead in Kitsun than in the actual Genki text and workbook, so I have plenty of leeway).

Next week’s plan is focussed on finishing にゃんにゃん探偵団 before getting back to my textbook studies.


I just had this pop up after I finished my 11am review session - how nice to be reminded of my overall progress at this period when I’m going relatively slowly.

A shout out to @gth99 and their Level-Up Celebrator - I didn’t even know it would keep track of this sort of thing as well :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Glad you’re enjoying it!

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It’s so hard to notice that you’re about to hit burnout stage before you hit it and have to stop altogether. I’m also back to focusing almost exclusively on WaniKani until I’m done with it, with just a sprinkling of FloFlo to keep things interesting.



That and the 17 book clubs you’re not only in but running!! :books: :crazy_face:


sshhhhhhh! :joy:


Alright! I’ve revamped my study plans a lot:

  1. Genki is being put on the back burner - it is more time-consuming and requires a lot more language production (esp. writing), so since I’ve already put Kitsun Genki vocab SRS aside, the books themselves will go for the time being and I’ll be focussing on Shin Nihongo no Kiso and Basic Kanji.

  2. Revamped study plan layout - since removing the 毎日 sections added greatly to how much room it took up and how repetative it was, I have colour-coded and streamlined it slightly to make it more user-friendly

  3. Adjusted study times - we have just passed the autumnal equinox here, and as I get up at first light my days are starting slightly later each morning, which in the depths of winter has had me scheduled to study just after getting up :weary: I’m hoping the later times suit better until spring.

I’m happy to say I feel ready to start back up with WK lessons from tomorrow morning.

Next week’s study plan:


I’ve just realised that the new わんわん探偵団 book club starts in 2 weeks, not 1. Revised study plan…

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Your schedules are so detailed :heart_eyes: And the colour coding is :ok_hand:

I also love the idea of planning leech training in your schedule! I’m going to take inspiration from yours to update mine a little bit :blush:


That was the bit in my previous 毎日 section that was almost always being forgotten because it didn’t have a check box beside it - I have found having to physically mark each time that it has been completed has made a huge difference.


The pared-back book studies are going well - less work, less stress, but still progressing my learning.

The checkboxes-for-every-item is also working really well, and I know this because when the kanji from the last couple of levels come up, where I didn’t take the time to look up their etymology, I have much more trouble remembering them. An example from recent lessons where this has worked for me is - Wanikani has the left side as ‘life’ and ‘towel’, but the actual derivation is from a multibranched tree and when combined with the right side ‘knife’ it becomes pruning; when you think about the amount of control imposed upon a tree to prune it into a bonsai, it sticks really well.

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new quarter, and I’m excited to announce that this quarter sees me finally finishing the first books of Shin Nihongo no Kiso and Basic Kanji (I had started and got most of the way through each while living in Japan 20 years ago, and then erased everything and started again when recommencing my studies):

I found the colour blocks in the new study-plan layout a bit shouty after looking at them for a week, so I’ve gone back to coloured font instead (much easier to do with the new layout with whole rows being the same colour).


Thanks for posting a link to your guide in my question thread - this is good inspiration! I’m just about to hit level 11 and realizing that I need to get organized if I’m going to do all of the stuff I want to do - WK, grammar, reading, speaking… This gives me some good perspective on what it will take, and has some great resources!

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Out of curiosity, I’ve started setting up my own OneNote book in a similar way as you’ve done. I like the organization you’ve got in the screenshot in the first post, but…mine doesn’t look anything like that. Has OneNote changed, or are there some settings I need to edit? I can’t even seem to make groups under each tab like you’ve done…

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My OneNote does not seem to have changed remarkably, even with updates, so I’ll proceed on the presumption that it is the same…

The steps below include screenshots - click to expand.

1. Add a new notebook

2. Within notebook, add sections - you can change the colour of section tabs with a right-click menu selection

3. Within sections, add pages.

You can select the colour of the pages, including to make ‘dark mode’ as user Chopped has done here.

In the right-click menu on the pages listings, you can set any page as a default template to replicate a format in new pages. You can also add new pages from this menu with the bottom selection - ‘new page below’

This little icon in the top left lets you reveal and hide the naviagation panes

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I’ll try to answer any other questions you might have. Good luck, and please share a screenshot when you’re set up, here if not in your own study log! :grin:


Okay, I finally figured out what was going on. So, I was using Office 365’s OneNote 2016. That is apparently a completely different program from the “OneNote” on the Microsoft Store. Because that makes sense.

So, for comparison, this is what I was seeing in OneNote 2016…

OneNote 2016


Versus just “OneNote”…



So yeah, that would explain why I was having such a hard time getting them to match up… Good ol’ Microsoft.

Long story short, I got it working, and…you’ve already seen the result of it! Here goes nothing!

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Mine’s not from the store - they must have reverted to the even older version I’m on. I can certainly understand your confusion about the differences from your screenshots. Your 2016 version actually looks more intuitive (having +notebook, +page, etc. at the very bottom is silly…)

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