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How should I divide my study time?

December 23, 2022 — Tatsumoto Ren

Roughly in three parts.

  • Spend 1/3 of your time reading, 1/3 listening and 1/3 doing Anki.
  • Don't spend more than 1 hour a day on Anki, distribute the rest.
  • Watching TV with subtitles counts towards reading.
  • Here passive immersion doesn't count as "studying".

So, on a bad day when you have only 3 hours of study time, you do each activity for 1 hour. On a good day when you have, let's say, 12 hours a day, you spend 1 hour on Anki, 5.5 hours on listening and 5.5 hours on reading.

We know that due to subvocalizing too much reading causes harm in long term. Depending on your goals, when allocating your study time, you could increase the time spent listening (and watching raw) at the expense of reading time.

Without immersion, Anki helps very little. Trading immersion time for more Anki is definitely not a good idea.

Related: How much time should I spend SRSing?

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