Just want to share a mini success story! I’m recovering from my first Wanikani burn out, and Wanikani is actually feeling fun again.
For me, levels 1-10 were a breeze - just fast and fun. My focus was (my) top speed, and I easily took my review queue to 0 twice a day.
Levels 11, 12 got harder, but I pushed myself to keep going at my top speed. The challenge was still fun.
Levels 13, 14 felt like torture. My accuracy started droppings and many words were sliding backwards. I was forgetting things which were easy before. For the first time, I couldn’t empty my review queue daily and started to dread wanikani.
Recovery wasn’t fun, but was straight forward. I stopped doing lessons, but kept doing reviews, as many as I could until I got frustrated, but I didn’t force myself to keep going.
After 10 days without lessons, my apprentice, guru, and master count finally dropped to rational levels (<100, <525, <750). It didn’t feel like torture anymore.
Then, I installed a couple leech user scripts, and started squashing leeches. My reviews dropped to <100/day, and it feels like I’m almost out of the woods. I’m starting to have fun again.
I’m going to give it another few days… see if I can get my apprentice count to 0 before starting lessons again.
Feels like it might be a good idea to take a lesson break every 10 levels, to squash leeches and reduce the daily review pile.
As an experiment, I wrote a userscript to help me keep a more reasonable pace moving forward. Turns out that even with 100% accuracy, doing 25 lessons/day will eventually lead to 200 reviews/day. As accuracy drops, review/day increases.
If my script actually helps me, I’ll share it in a month or so