I’m fairly new to WaniKani, currently working on level five, and I’m trying to figure out what’s the most sustainable approach for me, as how this thing works is now coming into focus. It seems to me that the best rhythm for my situation is new lessons at 6pm ish, so that’s A1, 10pm gets me to A2, around 8am gets me to A3, the following morning at 8 is A4, then guru at 8am two days later. So I’m always doing lessons early evening and reviews mostly in the morning (except for those 10pm A2 ones, plus any others I get wrong I let slip through the cracks and just do those reviews as they come up).
I got the lesson filter script, so I prioritize the radicals and the kanji. Now the issue is how to get the vocab into this schedule. I feel like I can do about 20 lessons per day, and I see a lot of levels have 130 or so vocab, so we’re close to 7 days just to get through those. I recently realized my vocab have backed up so much I’m going to finish this level while still working on the previous level’s vocab backlog. I think it’s also affected my percentage correct in the vocab reviews too (or maybe 20 per day is in fact more than my brain can parse right now).
So I’m thinking the new plan should be to stop focusing on the optimum way to get to the next level, and instead focus on the most sustainable way for me to get through all 60 of them. Much as it’ll pain me, I think when I unlock level 6 tomorrow morning, I’m not going to let myself do any level six content until I’ve spent the week clearing level five’s vocab. Then I’m at the reset point to start the new approach.
My schedule can then look like: day one of level, 6pm do all available radicals to A1, 10pm A2, etc, day two kick off all available kanji in the same way (max 20) (I seem to be able to cram a lot more radicals, probably because they have so little associated info to recall), day 3 through day X do available vocab lessons at a rate of 20 per day until they’re all underway, then day X+1 kick off the second batch of kanji. At the end of the level, when the last batch of vocab are unlocked, I won’t start the next level until those vocab are also in flight.
Does that sound like a) I’ve understood the way stuff gets unlocked and levelled up through apprentice, guru, etc, and b) a reasonable plan?
If I get through 20 things a day and there are 2000 kanji and 6000 vocab, that’s 8000/20 which is only 400 days, so I feel like I must have made a mistake somewhere; I thought my plan would make each level take far longer than that
Any better ideas or advice would be much appreciated!