'Speed Demon' or 'Slow and Steady'?

Which best describes your WaniKani review experience? Personally I prefer speed demon, but boy does it make me feel dumb when I inevitably get like a 65% success rate :scream:


Make a parallel Anki deck of EN->JP and review whenever you can. It’s the secret to my 90-95% accuracy.

Damn, I envy Japan residents, who can do parallel reviewing via conversation whenever they can…

Who said you can’t learn in-between SRS???


looks at multiple 200+ day level ups… I’d say I fall squarely into the speed demon category…totally


Slow and steady ftw! I was once level 30-something but got totally burned out for various reasons, took a break, came back to 2007 reviews, left and didn’t come back for 2+ years. Now, I’m slowwwwly picking up where I left off with grammar (I completely crapped out on all studying) and relearning things half-remembered from my last time going through WK.


You mean like Kaniwani?

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Definitely speed demon, though I’m definitely was not at Leebo speeds. Maintained 8-9 day levels ups, except during my Japan trip, until Level 30ish, then maintained 7 day levels. I had a few 5 day levels during the later levels, but went back to 7 days.

I didn’t do any extra reviews like polv, maintained a 90-95% accuracy rate (although I’m failing about half of my burns). I also basically neglected grammar and everything else for about a year, so there’s that…

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Definitely speed demon…

If I make too many mistakes in a row, I slow down a little but eventually go back to the demonic speed. Like a car slowing down for a moment for the speed bump.

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Speed demon now and forever.

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Depends. When I’m working with a bunch of items critical to leveling, I take ages - just to minimize the chances of messing them up. The rest of the time, I try to increase my speed as much as I can.

I used to take everything slow, but then I discovered this thread from ages ago: https://community.wanikani.com/t/reminder-you-need-to-get-faster/1872

… where Koichi gives a few tips on getting faster. In particular this bit resonated with me:

So I save time by going faster despite sacrificing some accuracy, which these days is usually anywhere between 65 and 90%, and most of those errors seem to be silly typos or pesky rendaku/exceptional readings, which seems reasonable to me.

The cool thing is that I am noticing an improvement in being able to quickly tell similar-kanji apart. By going fast and having a ton of possible answers up in the air at once, if I mess those similar items up, they usually end up going back to Apprentice and clustering together, and I then have to re-learn the characters and pay attention to how they differ from each other.


Unfortunately, life has recently caused me to slow down slightly (two recent levels have been 9 days x.x), but I’m definitely a speed demon. I practically don’t stop typing during reviews, and I want to hurt myself every-time I accept a typo because I skip to the next word before I can stop and hit “ignore.” I rarely take more than 10 minutes to finish reviews, no matter how many are in them.

That being said, I refuse to wake up in the middle of the night to do reviews, so if life forces me into a late night review, I take the multi-hour penalty to my level time.

Taking my time going slow.
It would be nice to see a poll in the first post.

I try to go as fast as possible without special scheduling or, say, doing 3AM reviews to level up. That used to leave me at around 10-12 days but these last few levels (after a 2-year break) have been roughly 7 days each.

It feels nice, moving quickly. I consistently review over 90% and knock them out quickly, so this pace seems more than doable assuming I don’t burn out again.

Absolutely no motivation to be a speed demon. Always do reviews, but only slowly new material.
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I’m a proper slowboi when it comes to adding new lessons, but I do my reviews blazingly fast. Just something about doing it quickly feels good to me.

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I’ve been doing 7-day levels the whole way so far. It’s actually super easy ever since I started using Kaniwani to drill EN → JP! There are some synonym issues occasionally but you can override “incorrect” answers if you actually knew the word it was asking for.

The only thing I wish I’d done differently was space the lessons out after knocking out the newest radicals/kanji. My Wednesdays and Thursdays had 80-90 reviews, then Fridays would have 250 reviews…

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Settled into slow and steady. Doing 15 lessons/day ~5 days a week. I try to hit reviews 3 times a day.

Hmmm, I was a speed demon, but then I hit a speed bump (more like a mountain bump). now I’ve gone down to slow demon ish. So I take time to do new lessons as I write down a few notes from each vocab (do kanji and radicals as normal), but otherwise I do lessons as normal. Lets see whether this approach will work!

I was going slow and steady before, but I’m trying to go faster now, since I really want to read the DanMachi books I’ve bought! >_<

I started out going slow since I was really only doing one set of reviews a day because I didn’t want to overdo it, but after I saw how long it was going to take me to get to level 60 at that pace, I decided I needed to step up my game. I was level 8 at the end of November and made myself a goal to hit level 10 by the end of the year. At my current rate, I’ve already hit level 11 with the possibility of hitting 12 before New Year’s Eve so that’s what I going to strive for.

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Hmmm… I’m aware that 7 days to complete a level is pretty fast, but how many days is it considered slow?
The only goal that I have is doing each level under 10 days. Which has been going well.
If I push myself and try too hard to this too quickly I’m definitely going to burn out at some point. Or at least having to do some breaks because I’m too tired… Which ends up taking the same time as If went slow and steady.
Apparently, my average time to Level-up is 8 days and 9 hours. Which sounds good to me. Though, that’s not counting level 1 (111 days) and 3 (41 days). I still wasn’t sure about Wanikani and studying Japanese in general at that time.