As a complete aside - if you feel like you have a lot of items stuck in the first few apprentice levels that aren’t sticking, you might need to do some extra study of those items to help get them in your short term memory to move up. Something like the WK leech training script (which exposes you to items you repeatedly get wrong, along with similar, easily confused items - once between reviews), or bishbashbosh (a webapp that you can use to drill items you just got wrong, along with a few other options) might be helpful. Once the vocabulary initially sticks, it will probably move through your review queue a little bit better.
i use this exact schedule at two points during the week. so on the weekend i wake up at 7 and do my lessons for the new level, then do the first set of reviews at 11 , then at 7 . then the next day i’ll do the reviews again at 6, just once in the day, then after two days i’ll reduce the pile of reviews in the morning and then guru the items i learnt earlier in the week (at 5 pm) and then i’ll also do the new lessons. and then i’ll follow the second schedule that you said (but one hour behind). this allows me to get time to do all reviews between school and other work, and i rarely get overwhelmed. also allows me to do a level a week, which is pace i’ve kept up for quite a while now .
and i didn’t explain it very well but the main point is that if you follow that above schedule you can easily stay on top of your reviews and progress quite quick. and you can also occasionally take a week break off lessons if you feel reviews are too high
You’ve had WK for almost two years and are on level 6? It’s certainly not a race, I’m far from a speed runner. But that pace would indicate you aren’t doing this correctly …
Looking at your example mnemonic, it feels like you’re making this awfully complicated. Just a suggestion, but knowing the 1-2 most common pronunciations & meanings might be enough. Personally I don’t worry about every last detail on the page, but rather what is most likely to be relevant / listed first in the description.
For the record, even if you have a 100% accuracy and don’t include the time for lessons, at 50 reviews a day, it will take almost 4 years to burn everything. If you are your lower end of 10, it will take 20 years.
You either have to spend more time or adjust your expectation of how fast you will finish.
Is this your only source of learning Japanese right now? If so, then, personally, I highly recommend stepping up the time spent, because WK is far from the only thing you need for Japanese.
That’s so helpful! I started with Wanikani once during highschool and now during winterbreak. I had no idea how to properly pace my reviews since I’ll be at my uni all day soon, the two schedule models you suggested will help me a lot T T
[quote=“GalaxyNova, post:16, topic:55589, full:true”]I wish there was Wanikani but for learning all the conjugations and other grammar related things.
Try spreading your lessons. If you’re overwhelmed with reviews, then you should see that as a sign to decrease your lesson pace. Maybe even completely stop it for a week or two and slowly build up to the pace you’re most comfortable with.
There’s not really anything special about these levels on their own, it’s just that you’re at the point where you have to start managing a bigger workload than before. You might have gotten away with doing all the lessons at once in earlier levels, but that will become a pain in the ass later on.
For me routine is essential.
If my reviews get too much I use wrap up, go and do something else and then come back to it. Chunks of 10 I can cope with.
I also stop doing lessons so I can concentrate on remembering what I have already seen so I am not confused with new items.
I find I can speed through radicals and kanji but take vocab very slowly
So much this…
I’m old. I need extra practice for my practice.