I tend to do my reviews quite quickly and end up accidentally typing something wrong sometimes. When I do this it shows a red down arrow and says apprentice. Some of these kanji/vocab are at master already. When I get this message, what exactly is happening? is the progress completely reset and I have to get a perfect streak? Or how exactly does progress work?
https://www.wkstats.com has a lot of information, including current SRS levels. Just feed it your API key (it tells you how) and it will show you a lot of neat stuff. The Universal Timeline userscript also shows the levels, but if you search around on here you’ll see some dire warnings to consider before using that.
If you get correct everything you’ll eventually burn that item
But if you fail (meaning or reading) and the item is on apprentice, it will fall back 1 position
If you fail and the item is on guru1 or superior it will fall back 2 positions
So if you were going to master an item (i.e. it was in guru2 state) and fail it, the item falls back to “apprentice4”
However, once an item has been Guru’d, even if it falls back down to Apprentice, you can still keep progressing through WaniKani’s levels! You aren’t stuck at a level even if you make a mistake later on
Even better: by making mistakes, you will learn!
I love the system of WK because you are not “punished” for your mistakes. If you don’t know an item well enough, you will review it more often until you know it. In the end you will know all items (or at least 98% of them… but that’s totally enough).
@Cancer : if you are anoyed by this little typos, there is something called “userscripts”. These little extensions do extend the funktions of WaniKani.
For example you can show which item will come when in your review pile with the Ultimate Timline Script