TBH i think most of the tips people wrote in the comments are insufficient or not practical enough. imo there is a better way to organize the workload in wanikani, improve the session themselves, and reduce stress without necessarily slowing down. it can take a couple of days to set things perfectly, so don’t be afraid to set things aside for a while.
I’m level 8… took 3 months off and had to work through 900 reviews , and overall was never consistent long enough.
studying from flash cards just isn’t so interesting for me, and I have
a very hectic and loaded schedule. I always burnt out fast.
It took me time to set things technically, but I’m now cruising very fast and
with alot less effort because of some changes.
I manage the load better now, and I learn better.
Wanikani barebones didn’t cut it for me, at all.
What i’d recommend, (I’m now about to finish level 8 in just about the minimum time) :
*** Learn all WK radicals before** , using an anki deck, this isn’t hard to accomplish in 2 weeks, I did it in 4 days, and now when lvling and reviewing I have less workload + I can make my own mnemonics.
*** Invent your own better suited mnemonics** - I don’t like WK mnemonics that much, I invent my own alot of the time, make them more vulgar weird, rememorable - this has taken my retention to the roof.
if you feel even the slightest of “eh, ok? I guess I’l just try hard to remember this kanji reading and hope to remember the mnemonic” don’t, you should take the time to invent.
If you fail an item a couple of times , time to invent a better mnemonic .
For me :
たい - is taijutsu sometimes , like in naruto. because who the hell uses a tie?
はん - is hannibal . hansolo? I didn’t see star wars…
けん - kendou , or ken doll .
じゅう- jew , I’m jewish , and making racist jokes and stories work for me.
じょ - job.
etc etc etc
This is especially true for the radicals, the stories WK provide often times feel insufficient for me to have a strong memory of the radicals. you will get faster at this.
Install the chrome addon - wanikani notifier.
*Install these API -
Anime Sentence - shows you an example sentence with audio from anime.
with wanikani you don’t learn things from context, or either the context isn’t interesting.
These helped making study in wanikani worthwhile for me.
it added a spark wk never had imo.
When seeing a vocab card in the reviews, after answering - press F, and then space , this will open up all the additional info fast without using mouse clicks.
Reorder omega - When lvling up and getting 100 lessons, I want to start with radicals and kanji asap, so I can get most of them in one study session, and have them in my reviews.
With this , I prioritize apprentice kanji and radicals in reviews to show first, and and also in lessons. If you don’t have hours at a time to sit, this lets you get critical things moving.
WK ultimate timeline - set this to “SRS LVL” now you see when apprentice items are about to come up on a timeline .
look at it when done reviewing, and then set an alarm or put it in your calandar when apprentice radicals and kanji are available to review.
I know that tomorrow 10am I have 33 apprentice kanji and radicals that I can level to apprentice 4 , thus I’l check WK only tomorrow at 11amish. this takes off unnecessary reviews that aren’t critical, and takes off the heat.
Confussion guesser - If entered wrong answer, displays similar kanjis or kanjis with the reading you’ve written.
Wanikani double check - let’s you re-type your answer , if typo, or any none critical mistake was made.
Wrong of the day - shows a list of the items you’ve got wrong in reviews, but doesn’t refresh until you decide so. you can look at this like once a day and test yourself just by looking if you remember.
If you need help leme know.