Recently I have been reviewing the discussions around levelling up and more specifically, levelling up at top speed…racing to the end…how do some do it etc. etc…
I was one of those people, I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands and thought, “I should do this!” Getting up at all hours, doing reviews with one eye open, refusing to go to social events so I could keep to my militant review schedule…But life got in the way. I sold my house and suddenly I got behind…my reviews piled up, I couldn’t remember things, the SRS was out of whack…further and further behind I fell until I just stopped. It was simply depressing and I walked away from Wanikani for 90 days.
Around the 90 day mark I reminded myself how far I had come and the true value of what I was trying to achieve. I opened Wanikani again…#%!!! Too many reviews, ultra low score, how can I do this??? Again, walked away for a few days, but with vacation mode this time (maybe this will stop the craziness I thought). A few days later I mustered all my will power (力いっぱい) but inevitably the same result…too many reviews, unable to remember things I should remember; distress, distress, distress.
I needed a plan otherwise I am never going to crawl out of this hole. RESET? Such a taboo word (禁句) surely not! I don’t want to even consider this… what about all my effort, my middle of the night reviews…forget it!!!
A few days later… RESET? NO!!! A few days later… RESET? NEVER!!!
Again, a few days later… RESET? I will consider… but to what level? What is my sacrifice?
A week later… I am doing a RESET; I am going all the way back to where I can remember something.
I sacrificed 7 levels, it felt like a kick in the you know what; and, I was still performing poorly with the reviews. But, with a new found drive I persisted; I took the low scores on the chin and did away with speed for knowledge and understanding. If I got something wrong, I redid the lesson; I looked up the kanji from the vocab, I followed the rabbit hole until I understood. Very quickly my accuracy returned.
My great RESET was the best thing I ever did! I now understand each radical, kanji and vocab item far, far better than I did the first time round. I am not trying to go fast at all, there are no middle of the night reviews, I get to them when I have time and never before. Ironically, I have passed where I was and still finish a level in under 8 days.
If your goal is learning and understanding and your reviews are out of control and you can’t get on top; consider a RESET.