I currently have 334 backlogged vocabulary lessons and I’m about to level up so it will be more like 430 in a few hours. Now that the school semester is over for me, and I will have much more free time this summer, I have decided to catch up on my vocab lessons.
So I am looking for advice. Should I just keep my apprentice items at 100? Should I do 30 lessons a day no matter what? Should I keep reordering my lessons that way my leveling doesn’t slow down or should I stop leveling while I catch up? Has anyone been in a similar hole and had to dig themselves out?
Advice and encouragement requested, please keep the big-brother/parent/teacher lectures and scolding to yourself.
Edit: I decided to update OP with my progress as I go.
Day One: April 24, 2017
Well after day one of trying to get back on track, I’ve cleared out 40 vocab lessons, 20 of which were random, and 20 of which were from level 21. That brought my apprentice count up to 105 items. All good so far.
Day Two: April 25, 2017
Leveled up, but managed to get my lessons down to 310. Cleared out all of my vocab up to level 23 (I am level 28 as of this writing). Did about half and half clearing out lessons in level order, and half taking on random lessons. Currently I have 146 Apprentice items. Been clearing lessons as they come in with a pretty high success rate. Think I might continue to do lessons tomorrow? I’m not sure I’ve hit my breaking point in terms of review load, but I’m anxious to clear out these vocab lessons.
Day Three: April 26, 2017
Completed 41 vocab lessons today. Down to 247 lessons. Cleared out all vocab lessons up to level 25. Currently at 172 Apprentice items. The reviews are starting to be notably large and consistent, although I’m not having trouble keeping up because much of the vocab is very obvious based on the kanji. Still getting fairly high review %correct. Tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday I have to work a lot more, and I’m throwing a graduation party on Saturday, so we will see how well I keep up with pushing these reviews and lessons over the weekend. But if I keep this pace up, I’ll be out of my hole in about a week, which is promising!
Day 11: May 4, 2017
Stopped updating daily, but I haven’t given up! Slowed down a lot last weekend with working, throwing a graduation party, and cleaning up my house afterwards spoiler[/spoiler]. Been keeping at it all week and I’m down to 150 lessons. 60 of the remaining lessons are from my current level (28), 11 from level 26, and 79 from level 27. By the end of the weekend, I should be all caught up and begin the leveling process again as a proper WaniKanian. Also, I currently have 155 Apprentice items. I never hit 200, thankfully. I’m not even the best at memorizing stuff, but a lot of the vocab is fairly obvious if you know the kanji and some grammar. Hopefully next time I update this thread, I will be out of my hole.
Day 15: May 8, 2017
I did it (kinda)!
I cleared out all my lessons except for my current Level 28 lessons! I’m sitting at 160 apprentice items, so it will still be a day or so before I can comfortably finish my level 28 lessons and start leveling up again. But I cleared out ~350 old vocab lessons in just over 2 weeks!
Day 19: May 12, 2017
Finally free and back to normal wanikani life. Thank you to everybody who supported me and good luck to anyone who reads this in the future and may be in a similar situation.