I know I said I’d do a report when I was half-way, but now that I’m right before a huge change in the book I figure it is a good spot. (though tbh since I use RevTK stories rather than Heisig’s the change will not be so important).
I’m trying to do a lesson per 2-3 days. Small lessons I can pull in consecutive days, but it takes a while for them to sink in properly and after noticing that my retention rate was low with consecutive lessons I decided against daily study. I also focus at one-lesson-at-a-time rather than given-number-of-kanji-at-a-time since the primitives really make a difference.
I’ve switched my keyword makring a bit, as in I’m all reading+common word having the kanji for all kanjis now. Most of my failed cards are not because of not remembering the kanji, but rather because I am unfamiliar with the word I’m being tested on. So despite knowing how to write, remembering the story&knowing the English keyword for 寛, for example, I have failed it 24 times. I have about 20 words(out of 540 so far) for which this happens, and it is a bit frustrating, but I’ve learned that it is not such a big deal. I use J-home-made keywords only on RevTK.
I recently restarted with the JRTK anki deck, english keyword+japanese keyword version. My retention rate is through the roof, but I feel as if I am cheating because of the english keyword =).
I find it kind of pleasing how core 5k is full of the kanjis in this section. Just this week I had 灯油、脂、冒、脱 and many others show up in me new words pile on Iknow, which is mighty convenient. Mighty convenient indeed =).
So yeah. Slow and steady. I’m liking this.
P.S. My Kanji classes in school now feel ridiculous thanks to RTK. What I once thought were extremely hard kanjis to master, like 議, feel very intuitive, and it is much easier to diferentiate similar-looking kanjis. I actually cheated a bit and looked up the kanjis I was tested on this exam session on RevTK, despite not being there yet with Heisig’s book… I scored almost 100% on all my tests.