It is kinda weird to write this post. During the last levels, I always thought “oh, level 60 is still so far away, I’ll rather do my reviews instead of worrying what comes after WK”. But now I’m there. Level 60. Only 32 Kanji left + some ~100 vocab. This is it.
Well, first of all, I’d like to thank the entire WK team for creating this incredibly efficient app.
My WK journey began in October 2019, when I learned about WK through a friend, took the first three trial levels and was not sure what to think about it. But 2020 came around and I thought “wouldn’t it make sense to learn at least a few kanji before I study abroad?”. So I began taking WK seriously. That was in January 2020, but then came March. About 5 days before my planned flight to Japan, entry bans where installed everywhere and instead of seeing a new country, I was now stuck at home. Honestly, WK has helped me greatly to get through this last year as it gave me a solid routine. On the other hand, I’m well aware that I wouldn’t have been able to go through WK at this pace without the pandemic. Well, everything has its up- and downsides, I guess.
WK has served me well and I hope I have served the crabigator well. The SRS system worked out for me, and I am thankful for the great implementation of it that is WK.
Although… I surely hate it sometimes.
Also, a huge thank you to the whole community. One can’t emphasize enough how friendly the atmosphere in this forum is. Although I’m not a frequent poster (I’m mostly just posting silly memes in the WK memes thread), I like browsing through different topics here a lot.
A big shout out to the Let’s climb Tokyo Skytree - level 60 in spring 2022 study group. You are the best! You will all climb that tower and we will stare down at Tokyo together next spring, I am sure! Big BBQ grill next to the main antenna. Cake afterwards! Special thank you to @Marifly for creating this wonderful thread! Of course, I also need to mention my bud @RoseEater , who was my climbing partner for quite some time in 2020. I will never forgive you how you sneaked past me during the levels 30-40, leaving me behind like some rookie climber .
Dear script writers. You know, I’m a simple man. I see stats scripts, I click download and like. You don’t need to offer me undo functionalities or any quality of life improvements. A graph, a table, a progress bar. That’s what I need, what I long for. Give me pie charts. Give me networks, graphs. Give me more. Give me
Finally, thank you, my brain. For going through this with me.
Seriously, sometimes I’m just amazed out how well my brain can remember some of those kanji I haven’t seen for months. SRS is like magic.
WK related tips and tricks
There are plenty of tips and tricks from other lvl 60 posts out there, more detailed than anything what I’ll write here, but I’ll just add to them what worked for me.
It was somewhere around level 10 that I realized how the SRS system works. If you want to maintain a consistent level up speed, you need to know the review stages and the times intervals between reviews by heart. There is like no way around it. With that, I managed to get somewhere around 7-9 days between level ups. Organizing lessons and reviews after a schedule that respects the SRS time intervals is the key. I haven’t used any undo scripts or the like. Just “vanilla” WK with a few stats scripts for the dashboard.
I do reviews three times a day: morning, 4-5h after morning (whatever that time might be), evening / night. Never woke up in the middle of the night to do reviews (like @MegaZeroX ).
My lesson schedule was something like this:
1st day: Level up! → do lessons up to and including new radicals (after redicals only new kanji will appear). Sometimes I would not do all vocab lessons on the day I level up and would get to the radical lessons only on the next day. The radicals should get guru’d and unlock kanji (greyed out on the dashboard at first) as soon as possible, since it is this second wave of kanji that guru’ing takes the most time on a level. If you make only few mistakes with all kanji / radical reviews, your level up time will simply be constrained by (time for radicals to guru) + (time for second batch of kanji to guru) which is at least 7 days by design of the SRS intervals. But you can optimize your review and lesson schedule to get near this lower boundary.
2nd to 4th day: with the radicals in the review loop, do ~10 kanji lessons a day.
5th day: radicals would have become guru now, unlocking new kanji. do all new kanji lessons.
6th to 8th day: do ~20 vocab lessons a day. these unlock gradually as you guru the first batch of kanji by now.
9th day: guru second batch of kanji → Level up!
For the fast levels (from level 43 onwards), I recommend to keep your previous routine. This is what I did. I mean you can cram all those kanji in your brain in 2 months less, but at a much higher load and it will be much more frustrating. Keep your pace, go a consistent speed, don’t burn out. Saving 2 months by going through 2 months of hell is not worth it.
Okay, that’s all I can think of now. I really wish you all that you’ll reach level 60 eventually. Just keep on reviewing, yes? Level 60 is closer than you think.
Anyway, I have paid for a life time sub, so…