Diary of a mad level 50'er

Tonight, I hit level 50, so I decided to start keeping track of how long I spend on Wanikani and post a log to show new users what it really takes to do two levels a week at the end.

Anyway, here’s today’s stats. Apparently, I spent over two hours on WK today. Note that it takes a long time to go through all the kanji lessons and initial Apprentice reviews when first leveling up, which means that WK takes a lot longer on the days when I level up. I’m hopefully not going to be spending anywhere near that much time on the non-levelup days.

November 14:
Total time spent on Wanikani today: 126 minutes (2 hours, 6 minutes)
Reviews today: 417
Accuracy: 85.13% (355/417)

Current item counts:
Apprentice: 167
Guru: 1325
Master: 1038
Enlightened: 2798
Burned 2159


Welcome to level 50.
Here are the counts of a non-mad level 50’er for Nov 14 (day 6 on level 50):
Total time on WK: 111 minutes
Item counts (Nov 14):
Apprentice: 107
Guru: 1008
Master: 1013
Enlightened: 2479
Burned: 3004

(Edited after heatmap update)


I think you can see at the bottom of the Heat Map.


Just to let you know, I am spending about 2 hours a day every day. The final stretch hurts.


it sure hurts, but it’s worth the struggle :slight_smile:


I didn’t realize there was a script to do this. I was just writing down the start and end times for each WK session.

In case anyone was curious, here were my times
Nov 14:
5:42 - 5:53
6:44 - 6:58
10:51 - 10:53
16:16 - 16:41
17:12 - 17:16
18:10 - 19:04 (this is when I leveled up and did the new kanji lessons, hence why it’s so long. The actual reviews only took 15 minutes)
20:40 - 20:44
22:07 - 22:19

Nov 15
5:40 - 5:58


It’s @kumirei’s heatmap script, which does a lot more than measuring the time spent on WK.

EDIT: Link corrected, thanks @prouleau

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There is an error in your link. It doesn’t point where you think.

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November 15:
Total time spent on Wanikani today: 78 minutes
Reviews in the last day: 318
Accuracy: 80.50% (256/318)

Current item counts:
Apprentice: 185
Guru: 1323
Master: 1033
Enlightened: 2795
Burned 2175


Things picked up a lot compared to yesterday. I spent over an hour and a half on WK today. Probably due to me getting lazy yesterday and not doing as many lessons as planned.

November 16:
Level: 50
Total time spent on Wanikani today: 91 minutes
Reviews in the last day: 407
Accuracy: 76.41% (311/407)

Current item counts:
Apprentice: 220
Guru: 1295
Master: 1034
Enlightened: 2807
Burned 2183

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My accuracy rate has really been suffering lately. Guess that means the reviews will soon pile up even more.

November 17:
Level: 50
Total time spent on Wanikani today: 86 minutes
Reviews in the last day: 376
Accuracy: 78.72% (296/376)

Current item counts:
Apprentice: 241
Guru: 1277
Master: 1031
Enlightened: 2824
Burned 2194

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Today I leveled up again, which meant another brutal two hour+ day on Wanikani. The mounting load is definitely starting to get to me. At least there’s only five weeks left to go.

November 18:
Level: 51
Total time spent on Wanikani today: 133 minutes (2 hours, 13 minutes)
Reviews in the last day: 446
Accuracy: 85.65% (382/446)

Current item counts:
Apprentice: 226
Guru: 1305
Master: 1047
Enlightened: 2823
Burned 2208


Welcome to level 51!
You are coming closer, I was on day 2 of level 51 yesterday.

November 18:
Level: 51 (day 2)
Total time spent on Wanikani: 121 minutes (2 hours, 1 minute)

Item counts (Nov 18):
Apprentice: 146
Guru: 973
Master: 1038
Enlightened: 2478
Burned: 3059

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I’m surprised how it seems like everyone else is doing reviews much more slowly than I am. Is this just an artifact of using different methods of measuring time, or are you really going through the reviews more slowly?


I often stop at one item, because I don’t recognize the kanji at once or don’t remember the meaning or reading and have to try to remember the mnemonics. At errors I look up the items with which I confused and try to memorize the difference.

I don’t know how accurately the time on WK is measured by the heatmap script, at longer pauses it assumes that you have interrupted your session. I suppose the real time that I spend on WK is rather longer than that shown (plus the time in the community).

My days with more than 300 reviews were all in months #2-#4 of my membership, when I still did all the lessons as soon as they became available. My biggest number of reviews was 352 in Dec 2019 at level 11.


Today was pretty rough again. I had to keep forcing myself to keep going to get through my afternoon pile of reviews and I missed a ton of them.

November 19:
Level: 51
Total time spent on Wanikani today: 96 minutes
Reviews in the last day: 379
Accuracy: 75.46% (286/379)

Current item counts:
Apprentice: 231
Guru: 1304
Master: 1067
Enlightened: 2814
Burned 2221

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The level 50s are rough. I am on them now and it’s a pain seeing some of these kanji. Some of them I don’t even know the English word.


Saw your other post about burnout so…

You got this! c:


You are all doing awesome!

I hope I can have the dedication I have today when I get to where you are on this kanji mountain!

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This looks scary, what is your daily review count?

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