Occasionally my reviews get backed up (mainly from work). I’m a very impatient person so I get extremely stressed out when I’m doing 300-400 reviews at a time and I get 40% of them wrong.
So…I kept a log of my stress levels (out of 10) when doing reviews. I tried many different ways:
- Entire 1000+ reviews in one session - 10/10
- Split into sessions of doing 500 reviews - 8/10
- Go to my favorite tea shop and order a bunch of sugary snacks/drinks while I do my backlog in one sitting - 4/10 (review itself) + 2/10 (getting to the tea house)
- Do reviews on my phone while on a star stepper machine at the gym - 8/10 (mainly because it’s much slower using an iPhone keyboard + mobile web)
- Always end the day with 100 less reviews than the day before - 4/10 to 8/10 depending on how many new reviews pop up
- Sprinkle out many small review sessions doing 25 reviews at a time throughout the day with no hard goal - 2/10
Doing #6 is clearly the least stressful way but that’s only if you don’t have a hard deadline to learn Japanese. Because doing 25 reviews at a time is so easy, sometimes I stay longer and go through 50. Anytime I reduce my total reviews by 100 compared to the day before feels great. I’ve found myself going through 500 reviews overall in the entire day without much stress. I also tend to remember better when doing #6.
Doing #3 seems to be best for reducing stress levels and getting your Japanese learning schedule back on track. Whenever I get a backlog, I do feel a slight endorphin rush from knowing that I have to go to my favorite tea shop to go through these reviews. It does cost money and set my fitness goals back, but it’s great if you have a hard deadline. It’s also great because the act of learning Japanese in a different setting really helps you recall what you’ve learn better.
I wouldn’t recommend anyone doing #1 or #2, after about doing 400 reviews, I know my brain stopped benefiting from the review process and it’s extremely stressful.