Ok, so Here is my story. I signed on with JapanesePod101.com a few years ago, I started with absolute beginner, did 1 lesson a day, listened to it, read the PDF, answered the questions, filled out the checklist, added the cards to flashcards, and rinse repeated for a long time. I think I got about 160 lessons into it (I think it was 4-5 seasons worth, give or take), until i realized I wasn't really learning or retaining anything other than new words which were forgotten quickly after.
So I took some time off and used other resources and books with the intention of coming back to finish my training (however long it may take).
Since there is no real drawn out plan, or plan of attack on the site. I worked something out for myself. But i'm not sure it's the most effective, so i'll submit it for approval. and if someone has a better or more efficient way of doing it, I would love to hear it.
truth be told, I really enjoyed my first time through JPod101.com, which is why i kept my membership active and always intended to come back. But I was also very upset with myself for not getting the most out of it. So my current tactics might be a tad......extreme, i guess.
So here is what I have been doing for the last 3 weeks.
I will start the day by listening to a lesson, while reading along with the transcript and making notes of what is said in the "banter" and looking those words and phrases up and writing them down, and taking general notes as well, for the sake of making it understandable, we will call this lesson A.
then I will sit down, and go through the PDF, taking vocabulary notes and reading through the PDF as well.
then i will fill out the kanji practice sheet, my goal here is to do 20 of each kanji on the sheet (this is done by writing 4 kanji in each 4 grid box,as opposed to 1, and a few extra before the definition). then i'll fill in the rest of the boxes with kanji that I am struggling with or just want to practice until the whole sheet is full
This is Day 1.
on Day 2, In the morning I repeat the entire sequence with what we will call lesson B.
this is where it gets a little different .
after work on day 2, I go back and review (re-read the transcript and PDF) of lesson A. then my remaining days go as followed
Day 3: Lesson C in morning, Lesson B review in evening
Day 4: Lesson D in morning, Lesson C review in evening
Day 5: Lesson E in morning, Lesson D review in evening
Day 6: Lesson F in morning, Lesson E review in evening
then comes the fun part, on Day 7, I review every single day of the previous week.
so it works out like this
Day 7: review week 1
Day 14: review week 1 &2
Day 21: review weeks 1-3
Day 28: review weeks 1-4
Day 29: store all previous notes, and start the cycle again.
This way, I am getting 3 "reps" with each lesson each day I work on them(audio,transcript,PDF). and 7 reps per week. So i am going through every lesson 13 times each month.
I don't know if this is the best way to do it, I know it's a lot of work, But it is trying to learn a language after all. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
But if there is a better way, or something worked better for you, let me know. the way I see it doing it this way I'll get through most of the content on the site in about 3 years. I would love to learn it quicker than that, but i'm just at a loss as to how. I can't afford the super premium membership to get the actual tutor, so I hope someone has some advice for me.