This guide was originally called, “The fastest and easiest way to get to level 60”, but in posting it I discovered that it’s most useful to younger leveled WaniKani users that need help understanding why their reviews are so unmanageable.
Beginners to WaniKani should know that they can have a simple review schedule that allows them to level up every 7 days, and also keep reviews to an easy once a day chunk. The most you should be visiting Wani Kani is three times a day. 7am, 11am, and 7pm.
The first rule of this guide is: Be FIRM with review schedule.
Starting a level 3, the SRS system will be:
Learn Lesson > Level 1 > Wait 4 hours.
Correct Review > Level 2 > Wait 8 hours.
Correct Review > Level 3 > Wait a little less than 1 Day.*
Correct Review > Level 4 > Wait a little less than 2 Days.*
Correct Review > Level 5 > Meet Requirements for Level Up
*There is an exact formula, but it isn’t necessary to get into it.
Every level past Level 2 is a multiple of 24 hours (minus one hour). Therefore the simplest schedule for WaniKani is to come on three times a day. At, 7am Learn Lesson Items > Level 1. At, 11am Review Those Items > Level 2. 7pm Review them again > Level 3. Because Level 3 - 7 push the the items items forward at multiples of 24 hours. You can count on all reviews to be ready at 7pm in the future. This means that you have a reliable single review session once a day. If you paused lessons because you were overwhelmed you would only need to come once a day until your reviews lowered to a reasonable amount.
Possible schedules include 6am/10am/6pm, 7am/11am/7pm, 8am/12pm/8pm, and so on. To get seven day level ups. starting at 6am or 7am is preferable, as I will explain in the next section.
Rule 2: Be FIRM with lesson schedule.
If you do 20 Lessons a day you will complete in around 1 year and 3 months.
If you do 15 Lessons a day you will complete in around 1 years and 8 months.
If you do 10 Lessons a day you will complete in around 2.5 years.
If you do 5 Lessons a day you will complete in around 5 years.
How do I get consistent seven day levels with this guide.
You can use this guide to get reliable reviews, and level ups but it gets a little more involved.
I’l assume that you have just level upped and want to know how to organize a fresh level.
Day 1: Complete the radicals lessons at 7 am, Review at 11 am, Review a 7pm.
Day 2: Complete the first batch of kanji lessons, and the supplement with vocab, Reviews at 11 am, Reviews a 7pm.
Day 3: Vocab Lessons, Reviews, Reviews.
Day 4: Vocab Lessons. NOW on Day 4 you will “guru” the radicals at 7 pm, this means that a second batch of kanji will be released. The best course of action is to learn them right away and review again TONIGHT. If you complete the lessons at 7 pm. They will be ready at 11pm.
Day 5: Compete reviews for Kanji started last night at 7 am, complete you other reviews at 7 pm.
Day 6: Compete reviews for Kanji at 7 am. Take on new vocab lessons and complete them at the normal 7am/11am/7pm, schedule.
Day 7: Vocab Lessons, Reviews, Reviews.
Day 1: Level up at 7 am by completing reviews for the second batch of kanji and start over at Day 1 for new level.
Optional Rule: Split up your Vocab Lessons.
You will get reliable Vocab releases with the schedule proposed above. One on Day 1 when you level up and one on Day 4 or 5 when you “guru” the first batch of Kanji.
It is important to learn Radicals on day 1, and the Finish the first batch of kanji soon after, on Day 1 if possible or 2 at least. When you level up, the last of the vocab from the prior level should be released. You want to finish them by Day 4 if possible. For instance, when I leveled up I released 33 Radicles, 14 Kanji, and around 50 Vocab. This is a light level. I was easily able to complete it on days 1-4 at only 20 lessons a day. Today is my day 5. I will release more vocab tonight when I “guru” the first batch of kanji. It’s preferable to complete the second batch on days 5/6/7 Before leveling up, because you will release more vocab when you level up.
Optional: A Review Organizer is your friend.
I use this to put radicles on the top of my list so that I can level up at a consistent 7 days per level. Also if any of my reviews get off schedule I can ignore them until 7 pm by prioritizing the current levels review. This is useful of the 7 am reviews I get by leveling up quickly. Play around with how to best use this, BUT I do not recommend ignoring vocab for multiple levels. Complete the vocab as soon as possible after it is released because it will help cement your learning when the kanji comes back around for higher level reviews.
Rule 3: It’s okay to slow a level down a day, or two.
If you are consistent and firm with your review schedule but still feel that your vocab lessons are piling up, feel free SLOW DOWN. Add another day to the level. I don’t recommend taking on more than 25 lessons a day, levels 10-20 have some rough levels with a ton of vocab, it would be better to slow the level down and complete the vocab in a manageable four days then to stuff them all into two or three days before level up.