I’ve been having a hard week at work and university and got 60 things up for review (not much compared with many here having hundreds ^^) But I have a doubt in general.
When I’m doing a review, I try my hardest to remember the answer, but sometimes no matter how hard I try, I simply don’t remember, I must say that sometimes I endup looking up how it was and then try to stick it in my head to remember it next time, but what would be the best thing to do?
Should I type whatever and fail and then taking a look at the right answer? I think that sometimes I think that’s the only way since I may corrupt my own data looking up for the answer when I honestly didn’t remember at the time.
And another smaller question, should I take like a little pass through some explanations before review or should I depend solely on what I remember and go from there?
Thanks folks Tried to see if I could find another answer that help me but I was not successful in it ^^
Yep! The classic is ‘a’ or ‘あ’. Welcome to the community.
You’ll probably learn doing either, but just trying to memorize the vocab is likely a better use of your time. Spend that time you’d review the explanations on studying grammar or watching something Japanese.
Or in my case, I just typed ‘AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA’ after not remembering 約 again. Oh well, it’ll stick eventually.
But you will forget some items, that’s just part of the process. If you fail the item they’ll come back into your reviews sooner, so you get more chances to practice on them.
If you mean looking at the answers just before you do your reviews, then I would advice against it, you’d mostly be training your short-term memory then. If you notice you fail an item often, then I’d start devoting a bit of extra time into learning it. However what tends to work best for me is just seeing the kanji actually used in a piece of text, so the more you read, the easier the process becomes.
It’s okay to get the wrong answers, because you’ll always have more chances to get them right. I keep a notebook beside me and write out the ones I get wrong a few times, and it helps me to remember them. If I keep on getting a particular one wrong, I draw a little picture with the story, and that works.
The kanji/vocab that really kick my buttocks, I end up writing them down. Physically writing them.
If it’s just falling out a little, I will write it in romaji (yes, I know, I am evil) along with the meaning. If it’s a bit more fallen out, I will write it like above but ALSO physically write the mnemonic or an abbreviated version of it.
If it STILL won’t stick, I write it in Japanese along with all of the above AND I have installed a script that I can quiz myself on items giving me trouble, which I will then review them with a couple of quizzes.
One thing that has really helped me is BishBashBosh. This site will test you on your apprentice 1 items, recently failed, 10 oldest apprentices and/or 4 ancient gurus. It tests by having you repeatedly answering what WK is expecting, but a couple times in a row if you get it correct, and many more times if you fail.
For me, I find this useful because it helps cement in the wording of the vocab, or get used to seeing the Kanji. With WK, if you miss something, you see it again in two hours. With BBB it is immediate, and helps me identify the items I will probably have trouble with.