So, as the title says I finally stopped using the last SRS app in my repertoire, Anki. And with that I can say: no more SRS, no reviews, no new cards, no more pursue for unknown words in the wild, checking frequency lists, etc, etc …
It’s a tremendously relieving feeling I must say !!
I’ve been using SRS apps for almost 2.5 year now, been fairly constant with them and have really done my best to make the routine with those apps as efficient and productive as possible.
Since quite early in my Japanese journey I’ve tried methods to include shows and real context to words in my reviewing, up to a point that I would basically pick vocab exclusively out of the content I would watch or even read, and this way make the whole SRS extremely relatable to the immersion I was having.
To feed my pride (of sorts), vocab cards these days were taking less to produce and looking the best since I started …
Audio / image from the show they came from; automated audio and japanese definition for the word been reviewed. And all this reviewing made after listing new words according to frequency order.
I think I’ve invested more time and effort to customize my SRS experience than most of users in the community but even so for some time now I’ve had this feeling that this simply wasn’t a routine made to last much longer. Reaching those 2.5 years in this routine I was wondering how any other routine could work as well as this “learning oasis” I had made for myself.
Well, to all my doubts and second thoughts all it took for me to take the “leap of faith” was life itself and the weight of other responsibilities hitting on my door. Suddenly I didn’t have much time to invest in learning japanese and it became a choice between my reduced leisure time been spent on japanese “learning” or just chillin’ doing something else.
For most of the sentence mining I was either using a software to watch videos with a hovering over dictionary option to quickly check unknown words and then reading it was pretty much the same using the Kindle. So this time all of the word picking and ulterior steps I decided to leave them out of the equation and just try to enjoy content as I would any other.
… this has been my general reaction to this seemingly change in routine for the last month.
The month I’ve been more stressed this year in terms of goals to achieve professionally has been actually the one I’m enjoying japanese content the most. Taking that one last bit of “semi formal” learning out of my daily routine has been game changer. I feel becoming more care free with regards of reading and watching japanese content made me more aware on what to watch / read in terms of quality and enjoyment and nothing else.
I’ve been spending some time adding shows to my queue list and watching an episode a day for the last weeks and resumed reading this month (bailed on my old book and picked one that I’m liking much more now).
So, I don’t intend to say that SRS is no good with this post (I think it did wanders for me actually ), but I was eager to mention this change of practices. I know a lot of people here find hard or struggle to view a learning routine that don’t include those.
What about others here, what’s the perceived effect quitting SRS had on your routine? Second thoughts about it? Would love to hear them
I remember a very similar post by @KazeTachinu earlier this year, focused on reading mostly; but what about watching show (probably the thing I do the most in relation to japanese). Anyone changed SRS for binging?