Can I go at my own pace? Will I be able to access the course once it's finished?
Yes! We'll keep the videos available online, and the PDFs are yours to keep, of course.
Is this course for beginners, intermediates, or advanced learners?
It's for anyone! The point of the course isn't to learn the 300 characters we'll be covering. The point of the course is to teach you how to be an effective, independent learner of Chinese characters using functional components. So it may be a bit more intensive if you're a beginner, because you'll probably be encountering many or most of these characters for the first time. If you already know the characters that the course covers, it will be a bit less intensive and you'll be able to focus on learning how characters actually work.
How long does the course take to complete?
It depends on you! Some people do about a lesson per week, while others do a lesson per month. There's a lot of information to absorb, so it may be difficult to go faster, but you can if you want!
So feel free to go at your own pace!
How much time will it require per lesson?
That will depend on your level and how deeply you want to dive in. It will probably be more useful for me to describe what kind of material the course will have, and then you can probably estimate how much time you want to devote to it per lesson.
The video lessons will likely all be 5-15 minutes long. There will also be PDF materials covering the same or similar material, often in a bit more depth than the video. And there will be 25 characters per week to learn.
That's actually quite a bit of material, but remember, you can go at a slower pace if you'd like! Or you could decide to just look over the characters rather than memorizing them the first time through, and then come back to memorizing them later. It's up to you! You get lifetime access to the course, so you can always come back to it again later to dive in deeper!
Will I need anything (apps, etc.) in order to take the course?
The course is as self-contained as possible. However, we strongly recommend having a dictionary (on mobile, we recommend Pleco; MDBG is a great web-based dictionary) and a flash card system (Anki for desktop is free; the Pleco flash card module is also great) available.
That being said, the characters we cover during the course will all have entries in our dictionary. If you don't already have the dictionary, you'll be able to get it at a discount if you enroll in the course. It's absolutely not a requirement for the course though!