The first time I tried to learn it I was 16 and did hiragana and katakana. I only managed to get good at hiragana, katakana was hard. Then I read about where kanji came from, with the pictographs showing their evolution, and learnt maybe 10 or 20 kanji and promptly gave up.
Over the years I tried again but never went anywhere. I’d spend some weeks hammering down some kanji English meaning, get bored or tired and consider it too hard for me to learn.
I though I was stupid and lazy, because it wasn’t working. The maximum I did was with Kanji Look and Learn, a kanji companion to the Genki books, but I reached the 100’s and started forgetting old ones and quit agai, in 2014.
Passed me by and in December I discovered, to my great delight, Memrise had an android app. If I’d known before, I’d have restarted my studies earlier but alas it was what it was. I installed it and started studying Japanese again.
I did 8h a day, I woke at 6am and only stopped studying at 22 each day for the whole of December. During December I got recommended Amnesia (memories) to play in Japanese because she didn’t talk. Best decision of my life was pairing the game with my N5 studies. I crunched and crammed like crazy to try to catch up to the game.
While I never suceeded, I did finish the game and learnt a ton with it. After that I felt pretty lost. Entered 2016 and January I redid JLPT N5 course on Memrise made from another person because it was better organized and had more content and explained better. As soon as I finished it, 15 days after starting, I started N4. I promptly finished N4 on the last day of February, which is another victory! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ I started my N3 studies afterwards but sadly fell prey to my depression (have it since I’m 13) and my studies suffered, even my gaming got affected. I was able to finish Starry Sky ~in Spring~ , which is great!
I stopped studying for long months, because of that I had 600 reviews just in Joyo Kanji, and 999+ in N5/N4 and some 500 in N3 course, so I decided to tackle the Joyo Kanji to the end, before doing anything else.
I’m learning using Memrise alone after stints with:
Kanji Look and Learn