• When completing lessons do you normally only do a small amount of at a time like 5-10 a day or do you push though the lessons and do as many as you can.
I use reorder scripts pretty heavily and try to make things as gradual as possible - I always do all the radicals immediately after they unlock, and then every weekday I do one or two sets of kanji and vocab in proportionate numbers (e.g. if I have ~20 kanji and ~40 vocab I will do 5 kanji and 10 vocab in a sitting).
I space them out so that I don’t do a new set of lessons until I’ve done the 4-hour review for the first set of the day. I don’t focus on fast levels in particular. When the radicals are done, I continue to space out the kanji in chunks of 5 and will hold off if I feel overwhelmed.
• Do you try to keep your apprentice queue at a certain amount? Such as 100 items.
I do keep an eye on it, but don’t strictly forbid a certain number. I mostly just slow down if I feel I’m having trouble keeping up with reviews.
• Is it uncommon for lessons to pile up for you, having 42+ lessons at any given time that you feel can’t take on until you lower your apprentice items first?
Since I bring things in pretty gradually, I tend not to have a crazy lessons queue - often I have guru’ed most of the other kanji from a given level by the time I do the ones required to level up, so I get a lot of the vocab started before the wave of new-level lessons.
• How confident are you when the first review pops up after the 4-hour mark that you will get most of the lessons you learned correct without self-study quiz or other tools? What about the 8-hour review?
Reasonably confident - getting them all correct is not a huge deal to me, though - the SRS will work it out, as others have said. For the first couple reviews I tend to self-quiz new kanji again on the results page even if I got them right - I also do this for everything I get wrong in any review session.
• Do you aim to do the first review same day, such as do the lessons in the morning and be ready for the first review in 4 hours or do you complete the lessons in the afternoon or night and do the first review sometime the next day (12 hours plus later)?
Yeah, in general. I’m a morning person anyway, so I try to get a set of lessons in early. I use the Ultimate Timeline and often plan out what times of day I’ll check back in and do a set of reviews. I don’t stick to it strictly and it’s just a guideline. Sometimes I’m busy with something else.
• Is there anything you do to help you remember, such as anki, self-study quiz, flash cards, etc. in between review periods. Do you do any these on the go with your cellphone?
• What is your wkstats accuracy for readings and meanings?
Reading Meaning Total
Accuracy: 95.74% 95.31% 95.52%
Radicals: --- 94.92% 94.92%
Kanji: 93.85% 95.71% 94.77%
Vocabulary: 96.44% 95.21% 95.82%
• Have you gotten an answer wrong but said “oh ya that’s the right answer I knew that” and used the ignore script or another script to still mark it as correct?
Yeah - I try not to abuse it - it’s really nice for typos but so easy to abuse.
I also wanted to note that I have a couple burn/leech habits. I have been rather slow (4 years on and off), so I have a lot of burned items.
Lately I will unburn kanji (but not vocab or radicals) immediately after burning them. I also unburn any kanji that I confuse with a new kanji (leeches), and sometimes unburn one or two vocab words that use that kanji to help me remember.
Japanese is not my #1 endeavor outside of work, so I may be a bit more casual than the fastest folks. But so far these methods work well for me in pacing and retention.