Here’s one of the things about taking a big test like the JLPT that can derail your studies:
Right now, I am focused on the test. I finished the JLPT N3 vocabulary lessons on memrise and now just reviewing. I finished the N3 grammar points on bunpro and am not just reviewing. I am doing listening exercises and especially using nihongonomori, since that lets me get practice listening while also reviewing grammar, and why not do two things at once?
If there were time, I would review all of the N5 and N4 grammar points on bunpro, since the test is 19 days away (and counting) I think it’s better to focus on my reviews.
Now, here’s the point – everything I’m doing with Japanese right now is focused on the test, and then the test comes…and then what?
The thing I’ve been focused on has come and gone, and that you can leave you feeling a big letdown, and that can sap your energy and focus. The next thing you know, a couple of days have passed since you did anything, and then a week and then two…
So, what will I do after the test? I have a plan now, but, once that plan is completed, then what?
Get a new plan, of course. So, after the test, I will do this:
And I already know what book will come after that one, thanks to my Cafetalk tutor.
And, then, of course, I will either be retaking the N3 or getting ready for the N2, one or the other.
I was talking to a Japanese friend on Skype the other day, and he said, “I guess learning English is now my life’s work.” I know what he means! He won’t be satisfied until he speaks English as well as he speaks Japanese, and that will take a long time.
So, after the test, not letdown for me. The work will continue.