Are you following every single thing I write on Japanese Level Up down to the minute details? No? While this should hurt my ego, you are doing the right thing. Japanese Level Up is just one method among many. And what is a method good for? I like to think of it as a video game strategy guide.
Strategy guides are great. They get you started. They show you what you don’t know. They help you arrive at your quest’s end. But have you ever had the experience when you were younger of playing at least one game where you completed the entire beast from start to finish by following the exact motions of the strategy guide. What exactly do you remember of that game? What was your experience like?
If my method is a strategy guide, then how should you go about handling it?
Rip out pages. Look at tips and disagree. Ignore other points completely. Decide things that you want to figure out yourself through trial and error. Combine my guide with another strategy guide that also is just as good. Throw out the strategy guide completely after the first five pages.
In doing all of this you are developing your own strategy guide, which is the only one that matters. Everyone is too individual to be able to follow anyone else’s methods exactly. We have too many different tastes, were brought up too differently, and learn in too many different ways. In creating and refining your own strategy guide, you are developing the most suited companion for you that will get you to your goal as quick as possible.
So what does your strategy guide look like?