Hi all, I’m coming into my second year of Wanikani study, and even though I just paid for a lifetime subscription, I am feeling kind of discouraged. Am I going about this all wrong? I’ve only missed a few days in the last year, even though I’ve only been able to sit down about once a day to work on it. Usually I try to spend at least 30 minutes on it.
Things were going pretty well until the Death levels. I am currently on level 23, and I have been for maybe six weeks. I haven’t even started learning any of the level 23 items, since I always seem to have over a hundred reviews pending and around 80 to 100 items at the apprentice level. The same thing happened with level 22. I was stuck there for the whole fall, literally almost three months, mostly still working on items from the previous level. I eventually squeezed in enough lessons to get the kanji done, and it gave me the level up just for that, but I’m still working on so many review items that I still haven’t even finished all the vocab lessons for the previous level.
I feel like I am not able to remember most of the mnemonics or consciously memorize anything. I just do the reviews and watch the items bounce around at Apprentice and Guru until I’ve seen them enough times that they get into my long-term memory. Then one day I suddenly know them intuitively and they quickly rocket up to Burned. Of course, I still second-guess my intuition and get it wrong that way a good chunk of the time.
I know from other areas of my life that I am kind of a slow study, with a weak working memory. (Thanks, ADHD brain). Is there something I should be doing differently? I usually try and sit down at a device with a keyboard because I get too many obnoxious typos on mobile unless I type very very slowly. Even with Flaming Durtles undo and ignore functionality, it just takes too long. I can’t make a dent in my reviews. By the time I finish, there are like 30 more piled up. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of opportunities to sit down at my laptop without interruption until bedtime, so I just end up reviewing then and going to sleep like half an hour late most nights. I’m only doing maybe 5 or 10 lessons per week since I already have so many reviews piled up that I can’t keep up with. I don’t want to add more until I’m at least kind of caught up.
Is this a typical ratio?
Any advice or commiseration to offer? Can I get some comparison points for how other people are doing in similar situations? Is this an unusual situation or do we all go through it?
This is probably a bad idea, but part of me wants to just say “to heck with it”, ignore the reviews, and shotgun through the 70 lessons I have pending? I was fluent in spoken Japanese at one point, so I have that going for me at least. Some of these are probably still in my brain somewhere.