I’ve been using WaniKani for almost two years and I don’t have a lot of study time available so for me making the most efficient use of my time is super important. I thought it might be useful to others to have a post where people can discuss mistakes they’ve made along the way that would have made a difference if they had changed their routine earlier. It could be any Japanese learning advice, not just WaniKani related.
I do most of my reviews in public so I have had auto play audio turned off and have only played audio when doing lessons. As a result I can read the words but I can’t hear the words a lot of the time, plus my speaking is pretty bad despite it supposedly being the focus of my formal classes. Since turning on this function and simply wearing headphones my ability to hear and say the new words I’ve learned is significantly improved.
I initially did all of my reviews using an app either on my phone or tablet because I could take them with me and do them anywhere (this is still a bonus in my opinion and I do still do a lot this way). However, I can type much faster than I can swipe (plus there are more scripts available), so I’ve found that using my laptop cuts review time down by more than half. It is actually more useful to put off doing the reviews an hour or so and do them this way. If I’ve been busy and reviews have piled up then this is the ONLY way I can get them down in a reasonable time.