I keep on waking up to so many reviews

This is my second time through (I petered out the first time at level 20). I am finding it much easier now that I have adopted the following strategy, which works very well for me.

  1. First priority is to always keep the number of apprentice items below 100 and the number of Guru’d items below 500. That will keep the number of reviews you need to do at any time reasonable. Don’t do more lessons if it will put the number of apprentice items above 100.

  2. Second priority is to keep the number of items in your review queue down to 0.

  3. Third priority, if you are obeying the first two, is to reduce the lesson queue as close to 0 as possible, or to 0 if possible.

  4. Also keep an eye on your critical condition items and try to review them so that you get them off of there.

  5. No scripts or other tools that let you track your progress. I found I would just get obsessed with them, and discouraged if the progress slowed.

So the ideal is to have #Apprentice Items < 100, #Guru items < 500, 0 reviews, 0 lessons, and 0 critical items, and I achieve this quite often which is very satisfying! But don’t do lessons until you can do them without violating the top priorities!


Yeah, I’m similar to other posters here (like @DaisukeJigen) in that I like to spread out my lessons, instead of doing them all at once. For me, I think it helps me retain the information better, and it makes my reviews more manageable.


Ah, gotcha. So, since the second ‘batch’ of kanji for the level doesn’t unlock until radicals are gurued anyway, I’ll often do the lessons for the radicals first, then I’ll wait to do the kanji and any additional vocab lessons at my leisure. That way I can speed up if I want, but still pace myself (but I usually just go at a snail’s pace anyways :sweat_smile: ).


I never liked going at such a slow pace, since I tend to learn very quickly to begin with- but while I do the lessons, there IS a point where nothing sticks anymore

that’s when I should just stop and take a break, I guess.

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I use [Userscript] WaniKani Lesson Filter to spread out my lessons, which then spreads out my reviews reasonably well (though sometimes they still bunch together based on when I do reviews each day).

Also, it looks like you have nearly 200 apprentice items, which is somewhat high. Did you just do a whole bunch of lessons in the last few days, or is it always that high?


I just finished a lot of lessons yesterday, it’s not really that high most of the time

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Okay. Then I’d highly recommend you try the Lesson Filter script I linked to. You can use it to do all of your radicals the day you level up, and do the kanji over the next 2-3 days. And then when you guru the radicals, you can use it to do the rest of the kanji (while sprinkling in all the vocab of course). That way you can spread out your lessons a bit and still go at max speed, if that’s what you’re aiming for.


No I don’t really want to use that, but thanks anyways!!

Okay, no worries. Best of luck!

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Thank you!

Also installing the Ultimate Timeline script will allow you to know ahead of time how many reviews you’ll have the next day


So this excludes the first 2 levels? (I did both level 1 and 2 in exactly 5 days, I didn’t keep that up for the level 3.)


Yes, those first two are faster


I generalized for the sake of comprehension. There are levels that can be done in half the time, 1 and 2 being examples. From then until the 40s, you will only find 7 day levels basically :slight_smile:

Obs: 7 days being the minimum, not the speed recommended to everyone. It’s intensive.


My philosophy is to always do reviews and I think I’ve finally hit on a good amount of lessons per day that keeps my reviews at a manageable level while also doing good progress every day. (That number happen to be 15 for me.)

So I would suggest experimenting a bit with the amount of lessons you do. As you mentioned one good spot to stop is when nothing new wants to be learned anymore. Try that for a while and see if it gives you a review amount per day that you like (whether you want to be comfortable, a little pushed, a lot pushed, or have an easy load are different from person to person and their circumstances). And if you still haven’t found your sweet spot change it around again. :slight_smile:



So do I just die in my sleep or something???

No not a good plan !!! :0 Then I’ll never be able to play rhythm games ever again!!! :0


Is… is rhythm games a euphemism for sex?


Maybe they just really like rhythm games(I mean, I’d also rather play rhythm games myself, so it doesn’t seem all that weird to me)


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