Is it possible and is it really worth it to get this book in 1.5 month? How much time i should spend everyday to get to this? I will maybe describe my situation - I'm student of japanese philology, I know 500+ kanji but we use rote method and have tests every week (and let's be serious... I'm really bored of this rote method... i tried RTK and it seems to be working for me) so before next semester I HAVE to end the course so I can jump to other things we have on tests like readings, compounds and meaning. That was really short, but seriously I need to know if this is possible and if someone did this already.
I seen one post of someone who did this in one month, but didn;t want to start OT in that topic so I thought it would be best to make own topic . Thanks for help.
I did this at a rate of 32 new kanji a day and finished in 64 days (not including the supplements). You can easily adjust the time it takes by changing the rate, but the more new Kanji per day, the more reviews and the more time you'll have to spend. (The given rate took ~1-1:30h a day). For some further reference you can look here:http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?id=2997 to read about the experience of doing 100 new kanji a day (taking 21 days to finish), I never tried it personally. Find the rate you need with the time you have left (2042/days) and decide if you can do it. It's possible
How much time did u usually used for making a story? Did u often used community stories? And thanks for answer, 100/day is something REALLY admirable, I will try with 40/day, right now I done like 250 of them. btw i seen something like Lazy Kanji. Do u know this method? Is it worth trying?
From: North Carolina Registered: 2008-03-24 Posts: 869
I did rtk in 3 months (about 13 weeks), and towards the end I was spending 3+ hours per day sometimes. In some cases I ended up spending 5 or 6 hours a day, just due to burnout and inability to stay focused. The thing about it is that due to reviews building up over time, you get more and more work as you go along. So if you have a fixed amount of time per day, then you will want to learn more new kanji per day in the beginning, and fewer per day towards the end. And then even after you finish learning the final kanji, you will still have a ton of reviews to do every day, and it will probably be a few weeks before the load decreases noticeably.
as you can see reviews didn't go that much over 150, and never near 200 (the spike in the middle was actually a software bug that deleted two days of work for me, both reviews and new cards, this is the first and only unintentional time no new cards were added).
After adding new cards was complete the drop in reviews was fast, there were a few spikes above 100 (which is still a lot less then usual) but that's about it. Now i have ~30-40 reviews a day.
You can also see the time, which wasn't that high (That's without the 30-40 minutes of actually adding new cards). Review time got a bit higher at the end per the same amount of cards due to burn-out and distractions, but as long as you're motivated enough it's not too bad.
For the time I spent on adding stories - as little as possible. I always tried using stories from here, as long as there was one I could relate to in a way I felt sufficient I would use it (not necessarily the top stories). At the start adding new cards took a lot longer since Heisig's adds A LOT of text, but there were a lot less reviews then so it evens out. From the third portion of the book (with only kanji, radicals and keywords) onwards I spent around 30 seconds on each card. For cards I didn't find stories I like though I took as much as I needed, as they were rare I could spend 5 minutes creating a story. This might not be the best method, but I feel that Anki should do the teaching, adding the cards is just a mean to let Anki teach you.
(oh yeah, and I experimented with different paces at the start, as is clearly seen)