I would like to tackle a point that everyone lvl 40+ has obviously noticed and I am here to raised that in clear terms, also to know if it disturbs people other than me. Finally I suggest a solution.
As we all know we need 90% Guru of one level to pass it, which automatically unlocks new kanji and some vocabulary associated to the kanji just learnt. Before lvl 40 this threshold is perfect in a sense that the first kanji of a level that we are unlocking are about 85% of the total kanji of that level. The 15 other % contain radicals not yet learnt and that we are supposed to get Guru at the same time of the first kanji.
That means obviously, when we get that 85%, we unlock the 15 other % kanji plus the vocabulary associated to the Guru-ed kanji just learnt (still following? lol). What I am trying to say is that passing a level below 40 contains two steps which is pretty pleasant as a user and quite manageable.
Now, after lvl 40, radicals become rarer, to the point that sometimes a level contains one radical. That changes everything in terms of number of lessons unlocking in once. For example, with one radical, we get all at once about 97% of the kanji to be learnt.
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*Let’s suppose we are lvl 52, and you just Guru-ed enough to get to the next level, and that it was about 95% of the kanji of lvl 52. The next lesson package we will get are :
- The vocabulary associated to these 95% Guru-ed kanji, roughly about 32*4 = 128 voc
- The 5 % kanji left from lvl 52, let’s say 3 kanji
- As previously said the higher levels contains less than 5 new radicals so you will learnt about 95% of the kanji of lvl 53, so with approximation about 32 kanji
Total of new lessons in once : 163
Time management is extremely important when it comes to WaniKani and I am sure many of you feel that overwhelming feeling when we know 140 reviews and 150 lessons are waiting you to finish your day. For WaniKani TryHards and globally users having lots of free time it is extremely beneficial since you can pass a lvl in 4 days but for a normal person it is mentally exhaustive.
I see some coming up with “Say what, you can let some lessons aside, get going, and find your own rythme” Okay, and that’s what I am doing right now. BUT I am here to suggest improvements, not only saying “this probably is worth rethinking”.
[For those reading so far, thank you]
I am suggesting for those lvl with few radicals, that the vocabulary should be taken in consideration in the 90% Guru threshold, and not only the kanji. Let’s start with a level before when everything is normal (next level, new radicals are like 3 or 4). Then when we pass to that level, we get to learn :
- 95% of the new kanji (same situation as before) and the few radical(s) of the current level
- Vocabulary associated to the remaining 15% (remember, before, the threshold was good enough to have more than 10% and avoid passing the level all at once)
Next iteration : that means when we get these 95% of the kanji Guru-ed, we unlock :
- All the vocabulary associated to these 95%
- The remaining 5% kanji associated to the radicals Guru-ed
=> And the rule suggested enters in action here, where we need this vocabulary to be Guru-ed (as a matter of fact, these 5% kanji will eventually be completed at the same time but it is not the primary condition)
That way, for the next level, we will only get :
- New vocabulary of the 5% Guru-ed kanji of previous level
- 95% of the new kanji of the current level and the few radicals of that level.
And life goes on.
What is your opinion ?