I know I am no one to to question the ways of the Crabigator, but hear me for a minute.
I reached Level 60 a year ago and burned almost all of my items, but I was paying monthly so it made no sense to pay a month of no reviews just to wait and burn another item, so I stopped using Wanikani and tried practicing reading some stuff online.
I found that my brain had trouble reading because it tried to understand the meaning before actually reading the kanji, especially with those pesky Jukugo. And I think is partly because WK show you the meaning mnemonic first, and then the reading. ( Other reasons why that happened to me are probably related to me trying to get through WK as fast as I could and not getting enough “real practice” reading kanji).
So, recently I got a Lifetime account and reset to Level 10. And what I’ve been doing is for Vocabulary Lessons I study the reading first and the the meaning. And on Reviews when a vocabulary review appears I instincively try to read it regardless if it’s asking for reading or meaning. Somehow hardwiring my brain to read the Japanese first.
I believe it’s helping me to recall the words better, specially the similar ones (looking at you 栄光 and 光栄 if I’m not mistaken glory and honor respectively).
What do you guys think? Have you found yourselves struggling to read fluemtly? Do you think it would help that the first thing that you think of when you see vocabulary is the reading and letting your brain attach meaning to it afterwards?