Powerhouse Heisig: Stacking Review Pages

Another observation I though that might be useful.

I use an excercise book to write and practice my Anki/Mnemosyne on. I use Anki at home and Mnemosyne at work because you can run it from a USB drive (Japanese hate the virii). This is a quick tip on spotting Kanji you aren’t so good with, and making solid records. Whenever I’m reviewing and I hit a Kanji that I get an EPIC FAIL! on, I write it on a folded page beside my answer sheet, as in the picture below. The folded pages, eventually will show me my weakest Kanji. So far, per 50 I fail at one or two. Some trickier Kanji can go up to 8 per sixty or 70 correct ones.

Also, i’ve attached an example of my image after crunching some Anki reps. I make a note of the day, and the number of correct (perfectly memorized Kanji) I have, and work double hard on those I can’t remember. For example, today “dream” (夢)is VERY abstract, and I have to keep reworking proper story ideas until I get it properly entrenched into my permanent memory.

The thing here to make sure of, is to make the BEST, CLEAREST stories, as i’m learning as a beginner. Anytime a word is very abstract, I realize I must do three things:

1. Visualize the story using BIG COLOURFUL images.

2. speak about it as I am writing it, and

3.ENSURE that I make a SOLID connection to the word I am studying.

For example, I recently got stuck on the word “Capital” 京. I had the image perfectly in my mind, which was the Capitol Building in Washington D.C with a slew of tiny elf-like people at is base, scurrying around. The problem is, I remembered “Capital” perfectly, but I forgot an element, so I couldn’t write the Kanji at all. I didn’t make the note that that the “Capital building is TALL, with small elf-like people scurrying around at the base”, which is the element I need to actually write the Kanji. Once I remembered to make sure i said “tall” in my story I was fine. So including the elements, images and the meaning of the word helps to chop down the abstract words.

Here’s a sample Heisig review page.


About marcusbird

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