Doing lessons every day or keeping a steady supply in apprentice

I think it also depends on what the lessons are. Some of the vocab is relatively straight forward in both readings and meanings (十六 for example as you have learned these kanji and their readings by the time you see them) so that will take up less brain power than something that doesn’t. Also, radicals only have one thing to memorize/learn, while vocab and kanji each have two.

If you power through all lessons as soon as they show up, you’ll probably remember less stuff, so you’ll have to re-learn it when you do the reviews and get them wrong, which is sort of the same to just doing the lessons later, so there really isn’t much of a difference.

I’ve been finding out that trusting my memory and doing as many lessons as possible at once has been more helpful, as I can then “digest” things in my natural rhythm in the reviews as I get them wrong. Like, I do the 17 kanji lessons at once, I miss 5 on the first round of reviews, miss one or two on the second round, but in the end it works out anyway and takes less time as if I had tried to wait.

But I’m speaking from level 7 so idk how things will be later on :stuck_out_tongue:

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No. I don’t use any reorder scripts, either for lessons or reviews. I just do all reviews as they appear in batches throughout the day. Same for lessons until they both hit 0.

This is the key thing. It all depends on what those lessons are, and how hard you find them.

I do large batches of lessons for as long as there are few exceptional readings or difficult concepts to memorize. Once I reach a certain amount, I’ll wrap up the session and come back and do more later, the next hour to spread out the reviews.

That’s it basically.

But, then again, I knew a lot of vocab from before WK. So, obviously, that = less to truly learn and memorize in one session, compared to if everything is new to you.

So, if you have a good foundation to build on, then it’s definitely possible to go fast.

But, it’s not something I recommend for beginners. People do burn out from WK and it’s best to not push yourself too much, for too long. This isn’t a sprint, but a marathon! :sweat_smile:

So you should aim for a good balance between WK and the rest of your IRL obligations and circumstances. And that balance is individual.


If as ekg, you know most of the vocabulary, wanikani is mostly just associating kanji with meaning and readings you already know, so probably you can deal with it much better than a beginner. I had almost no vocabulary in japanese when I started si it’d have been pretty hard to try and do all lessons at once and try to remember them.
But that’s very personal, you have to figure out if you can deal with the workload or not. Many people burn out, so be careful.

Yes, absolute beginners have to take it easy. I didn’t learn everything at once when I started, many years ago.

And I certainly didn’t know all vocab that WK taught. Just a lot of them. Especially in the beginning, while later levels it’s mostly been new stuff for me.

But, by then, you know so much that the readings seems natural and it’s just easier to learn the kanji, even as they get more complex and more specific.

It’s a bit hard to explain, until you get to the lv 50s. But, essentially, you’ve mastered how to learn kanji by then. That’s part of the appeal for me with WK. :+1:

then i stand corrected, and i’m seriously impressed. ^^


I love when I know words from “before Wanikani”. But now in the 20s there is not very much I know from before. In the first 10 that was a lot more, well, pleasant :smiley:

I think the key point is portioning out the lessons and reviews in chunks that are manageable. I keep seeing people posting review sessions with over a hundred reviews. I seldom do more than 30 if I can help it. Your concentration vanes after that I feel. Even just taking a 15 minute break, helps a lot.

And keeping to the SRS as slavishly as possible. So, no moving about the intervals by scheduling when to do reviews. Not sure the impact of this on my accuracy, it’s just what I do. But it makes sense to me, especially for the Apprentice intervals.

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Yes, the first lessons are sometimes very simple (like numbers, days and months), so you can do more lessons and those reviews are more easy.
I do fear falling for that trap, once it gets a bit harder, and those come back. But I’ll deal with it then, first I have to make sure I can pay for the subscription :stuck_out_tongue:

okay, so you don’t do 70 lessons in a row, but spread them out over several hours?

do you end up with reviews distributed more or less evenly over the week, or do they still kind of lump up together?

and yeah, i find those intervals important. in particular the first two reviews after 4 and 8 hours have a huge impact on how well i remember what i learned. if i know i’ll be busy at the 4 hour interval, i don’t do lessons.

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Yeah. But, that means bumbs in review intensity for sure. But also days of downtime from both doing as many reviews + having no lessons. So, there is time to do other stuff.

It all comes down to what numbers of reviews you feel overwhelmed by, as in the daily count.

Doing a fixed number of lessons means a much more steady review flow.

It’s really about which you like or prefer. :slight_smile:

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