A short brake and poor lesson management is all it takes to RUIN your wanikani. My reviews where in the hundred and so where my lessons. I hadn’t done a lot of my vocab lessons for a level, mainly looking at the radical and kanji progress. I didn’t think it’d be so bad, the lesson count not being too high. I was wrong. When the next level hit, it was in the hundred. I was completely screwed. I got kinda discouraged and my reviews started to slip. In an attempt to push through I did a lot of lessons at once. This was a horrible idea. My already sketchy review pile got flooded, and I failed to keep up. After a short brake the lessons weren’t much lower and the reviews where even higher. I ended up taking a short brake…
And then I came back! I tried to dig through it, doing 50 a day (because it was daunting and exhausting having forgot most of them). I would slowly make it a little smaller, have it get destroyed again but failing to do it for a few days. This went on for a while. I eventually had enough and burnt through them all, clearing what ever came back for a few days. This was painful, but my review pile was finally better. I’d slowly start working through lessons again, making sure to keep the review pile empty. Slowly the backup of review items spread out and burnt away.
At this point, I discovered scripts.
I got every review I thought would help me (fairly at least). I now knew when I’d get reviews, more about the progress of each item, the reviews went by faster, I could override mistakes that I just typed wrong, lessons where more helpful. Having all these things not only made it faster, easier and nicer to use, but it made it more fun. I started checking multiple times a day like when I started, and was burning through the lesson pile. I eventually got to the next level, and wasn’t swamped at all. No, half way through the current level I’ve got lessons at 0 and reviews at 0. I make sure I only get what I can manage, having an expected daily review items of around 100 (really helpful script once you learn your reasonable limit: https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/39195-wanikani-expected-daily-number-of-reviews)
I feel so good now. I’m finally on top of it all again, and it feels good. I’ve put in the work to fix what I messed up, and got scripts to make learning better. I’m learning faster and easier now than I was before and I feel great with each progression.
So that was a long, probably over written story of my experience… any of you had a similar one?