When I started with Wanikani, couple years ago, the beginning was really slow, but this is quite normal especially of you have had earlier knowledge about basic kanji.
When I progressed a little bit further, I got really overloaded with the amount of reviews and I didn’t really focus on mnemonics (my worst mistake), I was just trying to bash everything in by force. My phase got slower and slower and eventually I had lingered in the same level for more than a month and quit for the time being (I was having a very hectic life at that time anyway).
Just a while ago I picked up Wanikani with new energy, I also researched a bit (the millenial way, from youtube) how to better my memory, because I always felt like my memory was really bad and completing Wanikani would be utterly impossible, because I would have so many kanji and vocab on endless loop between apprentice and guru.
But now with the knowledge I have acquired, I have been focused more on the methods to learn every item “in a better way”. I’m making my own mnemonics up, because I feel like this makes me remember everything quite easily and I noticed I was able to remember even how to write the kanji by just remembering the radicals for recognition. If I just can’t think of any mnemonic for the kanji only then I check out the Wanikani mnemonic, but this really is less effective.
Anyway, I really feel like I have hit something good here, and everything sinks in so fast and well, I feel like I’m always waiting for more. Even 500 review stacks don’t really scare me, but I don’t really wait that long for then to pile up so 100 reviews in one go is pretty normal for me. After leveling up I got 70 new lessons (which is pretty nice for the day), but after that I have nothing new at least for couple days untill I Guru them, and next level up is at least a week away everytime.
With this phase (near max speed), I would reach level 30 around late summer, which would be the half way, but its quite a long time if you consider that you can learn 2K kanji with RTK in 3 months. Sure, the Wanikani way we learn pronunciations and a lot of vocab, which I really like, but still it feels quite slow to me and I feel like I’m always wwaiting and not putting as much effort as I can.
What do you guys think? I don’t wanna sound inpatient or smoggy (I have really failed the learning a language thing untill this point), but maybe you guys have some pointers how to help my progress even further?