I have a lot of these experiences. Not always down to 40%, but it happened and will happen.
in this community there seem to be a few extraordinary individuals who actually make it in the min possible time. But I don’t think this is what mere mortals can do.
A mere mortal is defined for me as a person who go a life besides japanese. Family, work, exercises and so on.
If you are like me, then being tired makes your reviews go worse. You brain needs energy, and if you changed your nutrition, your body needs to adjust. If you have drunk 2 litres of coke each day, you are suddenly missing that tons of sugar. You’ll feel tired. Your whole body - including the brain - starts to preserve energy.
Other thing is, when you start to learn a lot of new things. Your brain will mix them up. Especially in settings like WaniKani something called “memory interference” is a big problem. So more tired you are, so more this is a problem. So more new things your learn, so more this is a problem. In fact, I have a lot of trouble with that every time I start learning new content. I mix up even old and usually well known items.
Also, if you start to get frustrated in a session will not help you, but make things worse.
I still have my bad days, but I felt since I just “let go” of these feelings and accept that it will happen, I feel much better. It’s not about you beeing stupid. Don’t compare yourself to anybody else here. It’s about you beeing tired today, had a bad experience at work or what not. Maybe just feeling the winter blues. It’s perfectly normal and it’s part of the learning process. The only solution is to just go on, because in the end you’ll learn it.
WK has that gamification thing highlighted, and it feels like we would lose if we don’t make our %, because we feel like we’d win, if we make it. In the end it’s not a game, it’s about learning a language. Don’t give a damn about the % and look forward to an opportunity to prove how quickly you can re-learn these old items.
All in all, you are lv 15 apparantely and still on the road to learn the language. That’s 15 lvs more than the rest of the world. Just go on.
Sorry for the long answer, I just feel the same all the time!