Training 328 apprentice turtles ~ A review log

Inspired by these two threads.

I’ve mostly chipped away at the review mountain since I came back to WK, but right now I have 300+ turtles that rolled down the slope and turned into apprentices again and they. Just. Keep. Coming. Back. Every single day, more turtles.

Now I need to corral them, train them up to Guru, and kick them out send them off to live fulfilling lives.

Incoming class on the left, some other troublemakers on the right:

If you have your own turtle infestation please join in and we can work on this together!


Kimera’s Training Regimen:

Goal: 80 Apprentices (20 at each of the 4 levels)


Daily routine:

  1. Climb a mountain at dawn
  2. Finish all Guru and higher reviews.
  3. Get at least 10 correct answers. (This might increase if my % accuracy is less awful than I think it is) Switching to 20 reviews/day unless accuracy drops below 50%, it’s a bit simpler.
  4. Stop and read the mnemonic every time I get an item wrong.
  5. Use BishBashBosh to prod the failed apprentices after each session.

Milestones (will add dates when they’re reached)
[Sept 16] Apprentice IV < 20 turtles
Apprentice III < 20 turtles (try to keep IV under 40 or so)
Apprentice II < 20 turtles (try to keep III and IV under 40)
Take a break to clean the leeches out of the turtle pens
Apprentice I < 20 turtles (try to keep the others under 40)
Zero reviews!
Turtle final exams, get II-IV back down to 20 each.


I can wholeheartedly recommend this script/site thingy here: BishBashBosh: Cram Apprentice 1 items and recent failures!

Especially the “recent failures” part, I always do that after my WK review session. Sure, it’s painful to have to go through all your failed items again, but it’s really worth it.

Anyways, here’s a cat gif, you gotta have one of those.


More reviews? :scream: (Kidding, this is really helpful, I just ran through my failed apprentice items and maybe 話 will finally stick in my head now. Going to add this to the training.)

And thank you for the cat gif, you know what really keeps us all going here!


First day of turtle training:

Accuracy: 55% (11 correct, 9 incorrect) … hopefully that’s because I’d just gotten up from a nap :sweat:

Confusing meanings for 根 (root) and 植 (plant) -> I think I got them now though.
Confusing the pronunciations for:
– 森(もり)and 林(はやし) -> hint: the bigger forest has the shorter name
– 話(わ) and 言(げん)-> need to think about a good mnemonic for these (it doesn’t help that I’m also mixing up 話 with 語)

How are everyone else’s turtles doing?


Over the last week I got my apprentice turtles down from 220 to a respectable 93, included the 15 lessons I JUST did

You can do it!!


300+ Apprentice durtles. Yikes! O_O That’s indeed a tough situation.

If you have the energy to cram them, do so. I addressed my leeches recently and they were around 160ish, so not a small number, but half of what you have. I used the Self-Study Quiz to beat their meanings and readings into my head. That script is nice since you can decide exactly which items to cram on there. And it forces you to redo the ones you fail…until you get them right.

I think for your situation a bit of patience is key. Don’t demand the impossible from yourself. Take it in bits and pieces, and take a break in-between to rest your brain. But, also be firm and cram the items to push them up to guru (just remember to break up the review sessions so you don’t get another avalanche of guru items later on!).

In any case, I wish you luck with your studies! You can do this! 頑張って! :slight_smile:


Another little mnemonic to help: the forest has more (sounds similar to もり) trees in it than the woods/small forest.


Congratulations, one week is impressive! Hopefully it’s easier to keep them under control now.

@ekg - Will look at the Self Study Quiz, thanks!

:scream: (Yeah … I once got all motivated and blasted through a big pile in a weekend and then they all came back again on Tuesday)

More trees! Perfect! Thank you!

Day 2: No sign of the Guru squad today, I hope they’re not ganging up on me tomorrow.

Accuracy: 65% (20 reviews: 13+,7-)
Did two rounds of 10 and got 80%, then 50%. :facepalm: Resetting the app to do 20 at once so I don’t know my score until the end, maybe that’ll prevent distractions.

度&角 -> degree and angle are almost but not quite synonyms. Just sloppy memory and lack of practic.
交ぜる(to mix)&交わる(to intersect) -> kept thinking mazes, need a mnemonic with either まぜ or just ぜ.

Good luck to everyone else!


Day 3:
Accuracy: 67% (14+,7-)
相 (mutual) & 組 (group)
働 (work) & 動 (move)
絵 (painting) & 紙 (paper)
終 (end) & 後 (behind) … those don’t even look alike what the heck?

Had very few higher-level reviews so I did a second batch in the evening.

Accuracy: 85% (17+,3-)
Troublemakers: two current level ones (鏡&養) and I forgot the う on 業。Not bad!
Remaining Apprentices: 142 / 29 / 97 / 16 - hit the first milestone!


Nice, you’re getting there. :slight_smile:

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Day 4: Got through IV, working on III now.
Accuracy: 70% (14+,6-)
Troublemakers: Mostly meaning problems.
正&止 -> correct has a hat.
話&言 … again.
速 is fast, not speed.
始めに is in the beginning, not firstly.
But I got 林 right! :tada:
Turtle Class: 142 / 33 / 85 [you are here] / 21