First let me state for the record that I am not complaining about WaniKani, only about my own repeated behaviour. But I’m at level 8 and I’m starting to worry about myself. Almost every day, I find that I make several stupid mistakes usually at the start of a review session. I’m talking about the kind of mistake where I swap reading for meaning, or vocab for kanji (reading or meaning), or kanji meaning for radical meaning. I want to fix my brain.
Usually I make this kind of mistake near the beginning of a review session before getting into the rhythm of the thing. Not a huge deal if I have 75 items to review, but it feels more impactful if I only have 5 items to review and I botch two or three of them, and then I have to live with that low percentage until next time.
So anyway, I understand that it’s my own damn mistake, but I’m not a complete dummy, and I often believe myself to be fully awake. And yet, and yet, even after stopping and staring at my answer before pressing Return, I’m rewarded with the recognition that yet again, I am an idiot.
The point of this post is simply to ask the community if you’ve found good methods of training yourselves to avoid this kind of mistake. Just as the SRS method in WaniKani is working very well to allow me to recognize kanji and vocabulary, I wonder if there’s a method you’ve found that helps you correct a flake-out when using WaniKani before it happens. Also, can someone think of (or does one already exist) a cool WK-らしい nickname for this kind of mistake. They’re not leeches… but what are they?