Two days left and I already feel that, ‘There’s no point worrying now.’ emotion.

Still, I think I’ll put in a few hours today mainly on vocab and brushing up my grammar.

It’s unlikely that cramming the day before the 1級 exam will help all that much. In fact, I suspect it could do the opposite, so I think I’ll just have a relaxing day tomorrow. Anyone for tennis?


  1. Hmm, well i feel that cramming works quite well for me. In the last day of study for the 2 kyuu exam, I stayed up and studied the kanji that I had trouble with, and left my listening cds on loop all night long so that I could somehow get it to absorb in.
    In the end, all the kanji that appeared where all the kanji i had problems on that previous night which I managed to do because of that last minute study.
    As for the listening comprehension, well i think i went a bit overboard with the listening practice.. I even drove to the test site playing the comprehension tapes in the car.. hehe. I may try that again this year. :P.
    I suggest you to try and find a kanji listing that you can use to identify kanji you don’t know and study at least the On yomi. Thats what i’m planning to do tomorrow.
    By the way, I reckon you should play tennis after the test.. you wouldn’t want to regret that you didn’t put everything into preparing for test if you fail by a few points. I know i’d regret it if i didn’t spend every precious second studying for the test.. hehe.
    I’d only stop studying to relax if i was confident i could get at least 70% in all the sections.. 頑張って!

  2. Yes, it seems that you are a master of cramming. Unfortunately, I don’t really work so well like that.
    It’s incredible that you can remember such a high number of new words/readings in a short time. Do you use memory techniques or do you tend to remember things quickly?
    For tests I am normally the type of person who is well prepared. In an ideal world, any final preparation should really be revision and not the learning of new material. Largely I have followed this as closely as possible.
    This all changed with 2級 when I didn’t allow enough time to learn everything on the syllabus. That wouldn’t have been realistic, so I did the best I could, as I am doing with the time I’ve given myself this time around.
    You raise a fair point about learning something the night before sometimes appearing in the exam. However, I think that if I studied late into the night before the exam day and crammed in the car on the way to the exam I’d just start to panic at the number of things I wouldn’t be able to remember at the last minute.
    This is why I raised the point about a game of tennis. I won’t be playing at all this weekend and my body will be itching to get rid of some energy. Plus exercise would relief stress and help the mind.

  3. Hmm, I think i try to expose myself to as much Japanese as possible. I have a lot of resources for studying that I have picked up throughout the year including various Japanese novels, text books, manga and JLPT books.
    I’ve also tried to expose myself to as much kanji as possible. So perhaps that has been helping my studies. An example is writing my blog all in Japanese, and reading some Japanese blogs.
    Also I have been trying to use a Kokugo dictionary (Jp->Jp) to find the meaning of words rather than a Waei (Jp->En) dictionary. So that must of helped somehow.
    I don’t think I have some special skill in memorizing.. it’s rather that I may have just have more exposure to the kanji and therefore have seen them before. Also since i was writing out all the kanji i studied I could remember them much better.

  4. From reading your posts I got the impression that you were learning 100 entirely new words a day and that your study for the JLPT was largely during the last couple of weeks, but perhaps what you have been doing is more about consolidating what you have picked up throughout the year. Even so, your cramming skills are beyond me 😉
    After reading your comment I started wondering how much better I would do on the test had I stayed in Japan. I came back to England at the end of May, so my exposure to Japanese has been reduced significantly. But I have been making an effort with language exchange sessions and in the last couple of months for the JLPT itself, so I can’t really make excuses.