今週の宿題 (this week’s homework) is finished. My next class with my Cafetalk tutor is two days away. What do I do? Let it slide?
What I do is review.
Of course, I have my daily tasks: do my anki cards (kanji and the nihongoshark vocabulary deck), but what then?
What I have already done today is to use Memrise to review the vocabulary for 九課 (Chapter 9) and study the vocabulary for 十課. If I already have the vocabulary for the next chapter down, I can dive right into the homework and, who knows, maybe even get to 十一課 next week.
When I reviewed the vocabulary from 九課. though (a little over 40 words) I missed two words, and that meant, after taking a little break, I had to run through the review cycle again – all the words. That time I didn’t miss any. Fine.
The next thing to do over the next couple of days is to review my homework and fix any errors that I find. If, for example, I were to get all that done today (which, for a variety of reasons, is not likely) I would go ahead and start the homework from 十課, since I already have the vocabulary.
No off days. If I get ahead of schedule, then I review. I want to keep my brain in Japanese mode and keep making progress. That daily consistency drives the entire process. I don’t have to do a ton of work every day, but I have to do some work.