Yeah, of course! Although you are not going to like it (nor you, @bagusprabangkoro!)
How I approach lessons
As I mentioned, every lesson that comes in I do them straight away or as soon as I physically can.
I spend time internalising kanji and always wrote mnemonics where I feel WK ones will not work for me down the line (requires knowledge of myself for that one)
For vocab lessons I do NOT spend any time internalising them at all. I bash out all the lessons as fast as possible. I let the SRS system (and my brain) take care of those items almost exclusively through pure repetition.
Note; see my comments on what I adjusted after reaching the mid-20’s.
How much time I spend on items in lessons
For kanji lessons this can be anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes (maybe more) on one kanji - but most will be around 3 minutes I would say and 10 minutes are in extreme cases where I’m having a hard time thinking up a mnemonic that I know will work.
For vocab, around 30 seconds to 2 minutes only on any one item - but most will be around 30 seconds to 60 seconds. For the most part I am just slamming the ‘right’ key when I get to vocab lessons. If you look at the difference in accuracy for vocab versus kanji at the bottom of this post you’ll hopefully not be surprised!
So, in theory, even if I took an hour and a half to do all the pink kanji, the remaining 50 lessons or so of vocab would be done within around just 25 minutes.
Before and after reaching the mid-20s
Up to the mid-20’s (around 27 or so) all vocab items that were ‘difficult’ were few and far between, it was really very manageable, even if I failed items a bunch of times I realised my brain starts to do the hard work for me eventually.
After the mid-20’s I did have to make a few adjustments. mainly because of the increase in abstract vocab that really started to clog up my reviews and it felt like it was too much at once (at times). The main adjustment is spending a little more time on the very tricky vocab where I feel like it is needed (almost like making mnemonics for readings, which is something I didn’t do before but now do all the time).
What about leeches?
Do I have leeches? Absolutely, loads of them. They get to master, enlightened or burned and then fail, but I have noticed some of those leeches have sorted themselves out, and some are even burned, purely through SRS magic. I have no doubt that studying will sort out the rest in time, so I let them continue in a carefree fashion.
So in conclusion, the only real time I’m spending on lessons is for the pink kanji items themselves, not because I care about them more but purely because I have to care about them more.
It’s worth noting I did study Japanese for a few years before I started using WaniKani, so some words like 義理, 用心棒 and probably some much harder ones I can’t think of, automatically pass through easily because I already knew the word and therefore, as long as I read the kanji out loud first (took a while to get into that habit) I was ok!
Also if you’re wondering what impact this method is having statistically, I’ll include that below…
Level up times
Sorry for the long post, tried to keep as succinct as possible but keep firing over questions if you need to