As I break into harder content with less and less words being inherently familiar, I’m really not sure how I should be approaching the speed of my lessons. With earlier levels, it felt like everything came at a speed that was just, well, manageable. But as time goes on, I find that even when I break through a level, there’s suddenly 100+ lessons and I have to take a few weeks just to get to a point where I’m actually hitting the content of the current level. A lot of that has to do with how I approach both my lessons and reviews. I usually do all of the reviews that have piled up over the day relatively soon after I wake up (Sometimes I have to skip a day, but I never wait more than 2) and then I do 5 lessons after I’m done with that. 5 brand new terms while trying to keep all of the previous stuff I’ve learned in my head just seems appropriate. It always felt like if I were to force more, it would just be a net loss for my development. However, I’m starting to wonder if that conservative attitude isn’t just being too afraid to take a plunge. I keep seeing more and more posts on 0/0 upkeep and how so many people are just hammering things out as soon as they get them. I realize that approach isn’t for everyone, but I’m wondering if it’s a better idea to just accept the fact that I’m not going to reliably know everything, but consume it all as soon as I can and let the SRS do its job, or if 5 lessons a day and taking a month or a month and a half to get through every level is just more practical. Basically I just want to hear other people’s experiences, preferably on both ends of the spectrum and see if I can maybe gain some insight as to how I can proceed more efficiently.
Sorry for the essay.
TL;DR Should I burn through every lesson available even if I know I’m not going to be able to retain them immediately or should I focus on trying for consistent retention at the cost of speed?