So I saw a graph a while back showing how workload scales in WaniKani and it lied to me! It showed workload peaking at the early twenties when you first start burning items, but man was I not prepared for how much worse it gets in the late twenties…
I think maybe that graph assumed perfect review accuracy but even then it wouldn’t make so much difference as I’ve always been at around 97%. Thing is, not only do the burns start low and increase in frequency and amount as you burn higher levels of items, but if, like me, your burn pass rate is lower than the others tiers, you’re going to start getting more and more Guru items.
My Guru items actually passed the number of Master items the other day and at this rate I can see that becoming the norm. This is especially the case due to how much my Guru/Master pass rate has deteriorated due to the increased workload in general.
It got so much last level that I’ve taken a week off from lessons to recharge a little. Somewhat dis-heartening but felt really necessary and I’m going to get right back on it after this week. I can handle the workload just about but it’s definitely tough with how much time I need to put in. I’ve always been very… slow to get things done. I’m not slow like stupid slow, but it takes a me longer than most people to get stuff done. So it’s likely I’m spending a lot longer on reviews than most people, which doesn’t help…
Anyway, two things in summary.
PSA: If you’re holding a steady 7-9 day pace like I was and you’re coming up on your first burn, be prepared. It gets worse. You may have to take a hit to your pace unless you do reviews very fast and/or have a high burn pass rate.
Some questions: How do other people handle this increase in workload? I assume it’s fairly normal to have a higher burn fail rate? And most importantly, when the hell does it ease up for people similar to my speed / pass rate up to now?