One of the big things that makes WaniKani appealing (to me at least) is the idea that with enough dedication and study it can be finished in just over a year. I like the idea of aiming for one week level ups and I have made them a few times. With default level ordering this is nearly impossible. As things stand the only way to make the one week level up is to learn the bulk of the vocabulary for a level and the next levels radicals in one go. This can be 100+ lessons at once, and doing this regularly will make it very hard to maintain accuracy for most people. The normal solution to this problem is the reorder script, but this is easy to abuse so I think it’s not the best solution. My suggestion is that the default lesson order be (level n = current level):
- all level n-2 and below items
- level n-1 radicals and kanji
- level n radicals and kanji
- level n-1 vocabulary
- level n vocabulary
With this order it is still practical to level up at a rate of one level per week, but it is impossible to be more than one level behind on vocab, meaning the kanji meanings will still be reinforced by vocabulary. Maybe there’s some aspect I’m missing to the current order that works better so I’ll be interested to see what you all think!
Thanks for reading
Edit: The reason I’m level 7 even though I’m talking about making one week level ups a few times is because I reset from level 10 (or 11 can’t remember) after leaving the site for like 2 months and coming back to find I’d forgotten a lot of kanji.