I feel like this is a bit of a strange predicament to be in but I’m hoping at least one person has experienced the same thing as me before and has some advice on what worked for them to improve their kanji and vocab recognition when they review.
So…one thing that I have always struggled with since beginning WaniKani is that my level of accuracy during reviews is very dependant on the way I review content. Any changes to the way I usually review tends to cause a sudden drop in my recognition accuracy.
A few examples:
I mostly complete lessons and reviews on my phone. Typically I’ll do any outstanding reviews in the morning on my commute to work, followed by some new lessons.
I then do another review session during my lunch break, and a final session in the evening.
My accuracy is usually a little worse on my commute than when I review at home, which I expected would be the case. However, I find that even at home I’m very dependant on completing my review session in my bedroom, and in total silence. If I try to review in the living room with the tv on, my accuracy slips. If I turn the tv off my accuracy improves somewhat, but is still less than if I was reviewing in my room. I even used to go to the extreme of wearing my earphones to block out any extra white noise, but I have since managed to improve this because of course, not being able to understand a language if anything else is going on around you is just silly!
When I first switched over from using my original WaniKani app to Flaming Durtles on my phone, my accuracy slipped because the user interface was different. Recently, when I changed the app into dark mode, I’ve since had trouble recognising certain kanji and vocab because of the change in colour scheme.
When I complete reviews on my laptop, I have more difficulty recognising kanji and vocab because everything looks a lot larger and brighter than on my phone. I make silly errors, but I can’t always allow them to slide in case I’ve genuinely forgotten something. Just this morning I made several errors where I realised afterwards that I likely would have recognised them had I been reviewing on my phone.
I have the Jitai userscript installed and all the extra fonts enabled in the Flaming Durtles app to help me recognise different writing styles, but I am generally more lenient with this if I can still recognise something in the default font. I also have the override script running to accomodate for any typos and I try not to abuse this too much, but of course no-one is perfect
Its so frustrating that even small changes to my review conditions seem to make me lose focus and I have no clue how to go about fixing it. If anyone has any suggestions of things I can try please share your ideas with me!