I'm back with 1300ish reviews, help me :D

For future reference:

If you can afford lifetime subscription, buy it and put your account in vacation mode whenever you need a break. Vacation mode stops your review queue from getting bigger until you return from vacation. I don’t think “vacation mode” is a good idea for a time limited subscription because the vacation time is not added to your subscription.

I’ve had similar review piles before, and haven’t felt the need to do a reset. I never left for a terribly long time though, so it probably depends on how long you’ve been away, and whether stuff from earlier levels feels completely foreign again. But whenever this has happened to me, I’ve just started chipping away when I have time/setting aside chunks of time to hammer through a couple hundred reviews. I usually found that a lot of it was still there or came back very fast, and just moved into master/enlightened/burned status pretty fast. But if you try this, you are going to want to commit to just doing reviews for a few weeks to get apprentice/guru level items back down to a manageable number. But really, it’s not as bad as it seems, and a reset seems pretty drastic unless you’ve been gone for a good number of months and stuff from way back feels like you’ve never seen it before. Good luck!

Before taking the easy route of resetting, at least try tackle that review queue. It looks intimidating but many things in it will be really easy, you might be surprised just how many you know or need a little push to remember.

Really the more important thing to beat than the review queue is your laziness. One of the best ways to beat that (IMO) is to set up a schedule and stick to it, initially it feels like work but soon enough it becomes part of your daily routine. Might even help to attach it to some other routine, like doing it while eating breakfast,

I’ve just gotten through 900+ reviews. I didn’t want to reset as I’ve been over the beginner’s kanji so many times in other books and forms… so I just did what I could where I could. I’m lucky that I’ve got a fairly relaxed/kinda tedious job where I could rattle off ten or so every time the boss wasn’t looking. It’s taken me a full week though, and it’s going to come back to bite me when the guru/master brigade turn up. Just keep off the lessons until you’ve beaten the pile!

Just keep going, though, you can do it :slight_smile:

What reorder script did you use? Can you recommend any?

This script! its really useful you can sort by many things, level or types or even choose which ones are priority


I’ve been in this situation a couple of times now. I tend to use WaniKani Reorder Ultimate script to order by level. That way, you clear out all the older stuff first. You will probably burn a lot of those or get them to a higher srs level so they won’t come back again anytime soon, so your overall review count goes down and stays down.

Keep doing that and continue chipping away at the reviews. Eventually, you might get to a point where you are on reviews for a somewhat recent level. Either you will continue to cut down reviews and eventually clear your pile, or you will start to get a lot of items you can’t remember. In the latter situation, I’d try to evaluate your options. Either continue with a low accuracy and essentially relearn through reviews, reading the info when you get an item wrong, or reset your level so you start back at the level where reviews start getting problematic, and continue from there in the normal way.

I did this twice now. Resetting from level 25 back to level 22, and just last week from level 26 back to level 24. In both situations I just felt like it would be quicker to start progressing again if I just went back and went through the last few levels again rather than continually working on a large stack of reviews I have trouble remembering.

I end up in this situation because I tend to do most of my reviews at work, but when I am very busy in work I tend to not do any reviews and let them stack up.

TL;DR - WaniKani Reorder Ultimate to order reviews by level, just keep working through them until you start to get a high failure rate, or you feel the items are becoming a bit too unfamiliar, then evaluate whether it would be quicker to reset your account back a few levels or continue hammering away at the reviews.

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Wow so many replies !!
Thanks again everyone, I’ll try to make you all proud and clear that huge pile of reviews :blush:

I just downloaded the ultimare reorder script you mentionned. Even if it was months ago I remember a lot of stuff so I think I will achieve it.

If not I’ll try to ask for a restart from level 6/7 i guess.

Thanks again and keep posting, it’s really interesting

Keep us updated and let us know how it’s going!!
It’ll be good when it happens to one of us.

Give us hope!

  1. Log off forums.
  2. Turn off all electronics other than the one for doing reviews.
  3. Block all social media websites or any other webpage besides the review site.
  4. Do reviews until there are 0 left.
  5. Repeat 1-4 for several days.
  6. Add new lessons
  7. Repeats 1-4, 6 several times a day until finished with Wanikani
  8. Profit.
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I can relate. I have over 900 reviews piled up and I dont exactly feel ready to tackle it yet

my advice: Anki mode, if you can be honest with yourself about it, really helps cus you dont have to type, makes it very efficient

use review ordering to put lower level reviews first, these are more likely to be burns and enlightens and not come back.

cheers @chrstahl89, your advice just made me finish my pile :))

tell you what, I’ll do 50 if you do 50


i’ll do 50 reviews right now, just for you <3

EDIT: Done! Thanks for your inspiring words kouichi

EDIT: I lied i did 100

@koichi I did like 120 today so what will you do :smiley: ?

Since yesterday I did a lot of particles first (to get back easily I would say) and today I tried the new ordering script
I really like to go level by level + I can really see a progression (ex: I cleared all lvl3 items, now I can moove on to lvl 4 etc)
So I will definitively use this tool to go back to 0 and I guess then try to go the normal way again

Good news as well I remember some old stuff and burnt 150 items in those two days. That’s a lot of stuff that I know and won’t see again so that’s marvelous :relieved:

I wasn’t expecting so much answers and I’m glad to see I’m not alone, I loved WK community and that’s as well a reason for my comeback :3

I’ll keep you guys updated on my reviews, have a good night :wink:

what a coincidence! my wk also timed out at 120 reviews

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I used the Pomodoro method - did 25 min of reviews, 5 min break, and then a 15 min break after 4 of these cycles. When you know you’re only working for a finite period of time and have a timer that’s going to sound to tell you to go eat ice cream or something, it’s not nearly as intimidating. Two or three times now, I’ve plowed through 700+ in a single day because I just dug my teeth into it. It’s not for everyone, and of course you’ll have a crazy few weeks reviewing the stuff that comes up in big bursts, but it’s satisfying to destroy that queue.

Good luck!


GOD 700 reviews in one day that’s impressive! good job

Yup I knew the pomodoro method but never thought of using it there
Might try it this week then :wink:

Wait… You’ve had ice cream 4 times now? This sounds like win-win to me.

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700 reviews in one day thats amazing!!!