Many topics focus on how many lessons to do per day (or how many apprentice items to keep), but I want to know how long you spend per lesson. With the understanding that everyone learns differently, I want to hear your perspectives on how you use WaniKani.
- How much time do you spend per lesson?
- What do you do to learn each lesson?
- How do you balance time spent and accuracy?
How much time do you spend per lesson?
I find that I’m spending about 2-3 minutes per lesson in order to get high (>99%) accuracy.
How do you approach lessons?
- Kanji: I make note of the meaning and reading, trying to find a single mnemonic that ties the two together with the radicals. I occasionally look up related vocabulary.
- Vocabulary: I focus on the meaning mnemonic (if necessary) and reading (augmenting my mnemonics if it is not jukugo). I also do my best to read through the example sentences.
- Radicals: The process is shorter since there’s only a “meaning”.
Because of this careful study, I have little trouble reaching Guru for each item, but I worry that I am being too meticulous. One might argue that I could go faster and rely on the SRS system more to cover for any mistakes. There might also be a faster or more efficient way to go through lessons, that I don’t know of.
How do you balance time spent and accuracy?
While I could trade off my accuracy in order to spend less time per lesson, I have a feeling that I can’t do that. An increase in mistakes/leeches will probably discourage me more than the time saved.
For that reason, I am seeking advice on how to be more efficient when learning each lesson.
I’m willing to spend about 1 hour learning and however long on reviews (~30 minutes, usually), so I’m able to complete about 20-25 lessons per day when there are lessons. Overall, my pace is about 8-9 day level ups, where 6 or 7 of those days have lessons. I plan to scale back to 9 days per level as WaniKani gets harder and as I include more grammar/listening study.
I would really like to maintain my pace and avoid burnout. Are there more efficient ways to approach each lesson?
I look forward to hearing your advice and your perspectives!