I started studying at a university for just one class each semester in the 2013 academic year. But the second semester was pretty much a repeat of the first semester and it was basic grammar. Then I went to a language school in Tokyo for 9 months. Despite me having class in college I started off at the lowest level haha. That school has 8 levels and is intense so I really didn’t learn much in college I suppose. I was taught a bunch of grammar at the school but vocab and kanji were lacking. Then another year back in college in America where I mostly solidified my grammar and learned some more vocab.
I got another chance to study abroad in Tokyo (lots of scholarships haha) and I was placed in the second highest level here but I felt suuuper behind everyone else. My vocab and kanji abilities were embarrassing in comparison to my peers. So I got frustrated and remembered my nihongo partner back home using this application and getting so good at reading. I think…before I started Wanikani I could recognized 800-1000 kanji in at least one word but maybe I couldnt remember the reading or what the kanji particularly meant. This makes reading damn near impossible for anything on my grammatical level. So I went forth and got this app. It’s amazing and I recommend you stick with it.
If I had to give a tip, even though our entry level experiences are different, embrace the mnemonics. If you have a creative mind, really begin to think hard about the situations or create your own if they aren’t easy to remember, but try your best to stick to the ones given as they build on each other. Sometimes I like to listen to music while I wanikani and that helps create imagery as well.