I couldn’t fall asleep last night, namely because I was relentlessly worrying about an optional Japanese exam that I have chosen to partake in on December 6, 2009. I said recently in another post that I will probably take the Japanese Proficiency Exam Level Two this winter. For those of you who do not know what this is, its an internationally recognized Japanese exam that is offered at four different difficulties from four to one, four being the easiest and one being the hardest.
This is no longer a “probably”. In order to keep myself motivated and learning Japanese at an exellerated rate, I have set Nikyu as a goal for myself.
I created a plan to help me study a couple days ago, but last night, I was freaking out because I suddenly started to feel like my plan wasn’t intense enough. Please don’t get me wrong, it was an intense plan:
Review all old kanji, 25 a day
learn 10 new kanji a day
read one japanese essay per week for 10 weeks (memorizing all new vocabulary in kanji)
after completing the essay books, read two newspaper articles per week (vocab and kanji)
for the last three weeks, read a novel (Ikebukuro West Gate Park by Ishida Ira) and take 10 or more practice tests
This sounds like a good plan, right? Well, me being the overly cumpulsive, obsessive learner that I am, I couldn’t sleep until I found a way to make this more intense. So, I compacted the time I have allotted myself to read and learn the essays from five days to three each, and I will be studying two newspaper or magazine articals every week (from now until the exam).
I don’t know, but there isn’t enough time in the day for more than that, so lets all hope for the best. If you have any suggestions for study tips or resources, please feel free to let me know.