Normally throughout the 7-9 days it takes me to level up, there are the lessons at the beginning and lessons in the middle that I’m guessing are unlocked by Guru-ing certain sets of characters/radicals.
However during the previous level, I had lessons in the beginning, some lessons in the middle, and also some lessons at the end. One day after that third cluster of lessons, I leveled up. Now instead of ~100 reviews at the beginning and end of each day, it’s more like 150+. This feels like it was just an unlucky unlock timing that I got by not Guru-ing specific characters in time.
It makes me wish there were settings to control the way new vocabulary are unlocked. For example, instead of unlocking vocabulary in large groups, allowing them to drip in as new characters are unlocked. I understand that it may be preferable to keep new kanji unlocked on a level-by-level basis to make the lessons feel more like a “game.” But getting unlucky and catching these weird timings is more frustrating than fun. I imagine at least for the vocabulary it would be simple enough to consider a word unlocked if the kanji that comprise it have been Guru’d.
Let’s say you’re trying for a 7 day 0 hour level-up. All that’s required in the first half is you to reach guru on any radicals that you’ll need (you don’t need any on a fast level) in 3 days, 12 hours. So, you reorder to do them first.
Then, during that time you work on vocabulary from the last level, and then new kanji from the current level if you have time.
In the second half, all that’s required is to guru your remaining kanji in 3 days, 12 hours. Do them first, and then during that time work on any vocab you may have unlocked from kanji in the first part.
Most importantly: you don’t have to do all your lessons at once (and probably shouldn’t)
Edit: I notice that you’re still taking the fast levels slow - which isn’t a bad idea. However, you’ll have to be okay with all these lessons sitting there. Just split it up and you’ll be fine!
On a regular level, you have to Guru the radical for that Kanji’s levels before they’re unlocked. But on fast levels, you’ll have very few Kanji based on that level’s radicals so the majority of Kanji will be unlocked right away.
Thanks for the responses. It never occurred to me to delay doing lessons. I guess I’ve made a habit of doing them almost as soon as they are available.
I also did not know there was a distinction between fast and slow levels. All I’ve been doing is lessons/reviews twice a day at roughly the same times. It looks like this isn’t the most optimized way to complete a level, as I’ve been averaging 8 days 9 hours per level.
But that’s literally how it does work? The vocab words for a specific kanjis is unlocked as you guru the kanji, and if you guru all the kanji in one huge cluster, all the vocab is going to come at once.
Ah yeah, you’re right. I think I brain farted when I wrote the original post. I was mostly surprised by the weird timing of the vocabulary being unlocked, but as others have mentioned that appears to be just how the fast levels work.