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Suffering From Perfectionism While Studying Japanese — 4 Comments

  1. Consider how profoundly imperfect – downright chaotic, in fact – was your learning of your native language, and stop worrying.

  2. My problem with perfectionism wasn’t so much what was the best thing to learn, but more along the lines of you better know absolutely everything forever perfectly. This caused two problems. I added EVERYTHING i found that had anything I didn’t know or completely understand right away. Every single sentence. And I also added every word I found about 4 sometimes more times so I was sure I had a ton of overlap. I also found that I was afraid of failing cards. I NEEDED my overall anki score to be as close to 100% as possible. That lead me to making excuses so I wouldn’t fail cards, but give it a hard and then add the word for the 4th, 5th, etc. time. This lead to lots of boring, lots of stress (especially when I actually did fail a card), and loss of sleep. I eventually said what the hell are you doing? An A+, 100% is a 4.0 GPA. An A is a 4.0 GPA. even a 93%ish is a 4.0 GPA. So if 93%, which is much MUCH easier to attain, is the same as 100%, then why struggle for that 100? So I stopped not failing cards and adding words a million times. I stopped caring about the perfect and started caring about the fun. And I just checked my mature card correct percentage thing, 99.49%. Way better than when I was being a perfectionist and darn close to perfect. Perfection is allowing yourself to be imperfect.

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