It’s that time of year again – summer is over and the demands of the academic year (and things that I really should have finished over the summer but didn’t – hello Bayesian statistics!) are banging down my door. As the title implies, I’ve become a bit strapped for time, and I can choose to keep up with WK or I can focus on native material, but I don’t have time to do both. I have a general outline of how to proceed but was wondering what you knowledgeable people on the forums had to say on the matter. The overall goal of the adjustment is to get the most bang for my 1.5ish-hour-per-day buck.
At the moment the game plan is to continue WK until level 35ish (ETA: ~Christmas). According to WKstats that’ll get me to 95% of the N3 kanji with 80-some% of the N2 kanji and 50-some% of the N1 kanji for good measure. From what I understand/have heard in various discussions, kanji/vocab tend to get progressively more esoteric in N2 and N1, so the 95% N3 point seems like a logical pivot point if I’m just looking for functional use of the language. At that point I’m thinking to resume my grammar studies and get back into reading native material. I don’t think I’ll totally abandon WK – I’m planning to continue radical/kanji lessons but ignore vocab lessons via the reorder script. I’ll also try to keep up with my old reviews, though vocab reviews may get the ax . . .
Anyway, that’s the gist of it. Is it sound? Should I set my pivot point earlier or later? Should I continue kanji lessons after I pivot? Am I a fool for even thinking of abandoning the Crabigator? Any thoughts are welcome
Edit: For future readers, I’ve selected ctlnctln’s post as the ‘solution’ to this post because of how insightful it is – it provides a lot of compelling reasons to stick with WK through to the end as well as some nice advice for some other learning strategies (like a 10 minutes of listening practice every morning). I’m still personally planning on drawing away from WK at level 35 (will continue with kanji and radicals, but there are so many vocab we need to learn that picking up a couple thousand more on here is just a drop in the bucket to the 30 thousand words that make up a native speaker’s passive vocab, and I’d rather use the time to get a head start on that and reading practice), but I definitely advise you to give it and the other posts in this thread a read and make up your own mind