First post here, sorry if this feels kind of like a dumb rant, or if I’m talking out of tiredness since it’s like 2:30am now.
I’ve been using Wanikani daily for almost a year now, but since a few months back, things have been getting kinda out of hand, with around 200-250 reviews every day.
Having read the Japanese guide on Tofugu, I understand the learning philosophy is to try to do things fast, and I’m sure many people would manage that many lessons just fine, but the problem is that I also have to deal with school, and A LOT of homework, so I don’t have that much time.
If I want to manage that many lessons so they don’t pile up, I have to do them as soon as I wake up and later as soon as I arrive from school, sometimes also using Wanikani AT school during lunch. It becomes difficult to manage both at once.
But the biggest problem is that with that many reviews and not that much time to spend on each individual item, I try to rush things, resulting on lower and lower accuracy. On the first 20 or so levels I used to be around 80-90% accuracy regularly but now it’s down to about 60-55%, often lower than that, it’s almost a miracle when I get right more than 70%. Is this something common for other users? But since I get the items wrong so frequently, this results in even more reviews, which means I try to rush things more, and then I miss more, and get more lessons… It feels like an infinite loop.
I know there’s Vacation Mode, and it does help sometimes, but the problem with that feature is that while it’s active I can’t learn new items or do any reviews I already have. It’s not like I want to put my lessons at a complete stop, I just think it would be nice to take them slower, maybe set a limit to 100-150 a day instead of 200-250. And Extra Study mode, as much as I was excited when it came out, and as efficient as it was the few times I used it, it didn’t take long for me to realize that for my case, I was already studying too much.
I don’t know if this is just the regular Wanikani experience and most people go through that just normal, but it just feels kinda wrong that my lessons list only grows longer while my accuracy only drops and there’s not much I can do about it besides either deal with it or put them to a stop to do them later without altering how many reviews I get on each serving. Are there any tips others who have gone through similar periods can give?