Here I am today coming back to wanikani with a review pile of 728 wondering how the hell I’m ever going to learn anything like this? I’ve been doing this for just over a year now over and over I’m seeing the same pattern.
I do well, taking about 26 days to do a level, stuff like exams come up and I end up dropping it for a while to keep up with them, and I come back to a review pile hundreds of items big, which only gets bigger while I leave it off while I’m still winding down. It takes months to get through and all that time relearning has damaged the flow of it all.
Not only does that slow me down a lot but I also worry it’s making me forget the earlier burned stuff. You only remember by using it after all, and being pretty far behind on grammar to actually use the stuff isn’t making it any better.
Here’s my stats showing how long I’m predicted to learn for and just how bad these breaks are:
It’s not all bad. Each time this happens I learn smarter the next time. I’ve got several scripts to know my learning limits and am keeping myself at a good pace. Guess I’m not quiet good enough yet to see the downfall of exams coming though.
I don’t blame myself for these issues completely. Most of those where because of long crunches to get a game done that realistically don’t leave me time to work on japanese. These come with working on games and I’m still learning to minimize them.
Not to say that’s not of my own making of course, the majority of my troubles can be put down to my awful time management and procrastination.
Hopefully I’ll be able to slow down learning a bit better when I see this coming and keep on top of my work better to give me more time to learn in future. For now though here’s to another few months of working through this pile 50 a day.
I’d love to hear what you think and if any of you can relate. Thanks.
EDIT: Probably good to clarify this. I empty my review pile daily and keep it at a manageable size. I also make sure to priorities reviews over lessons. My problem is hard stops when things like exams come up. Normally I’m doing great but I’m bad at handling reviews while other big things come up. Thanks.