- Each kana and kanji has a correct stroke order (usually up to down, left to right). It may not be the same as is used in Chinese for the same character.
- Do not try to learn too many - aim at about three a day, but revise everything you already know.
- Use every opportunity to write the kana and kanji you have learnt.
- About 75% of kanji consist of a radical on the left indicating the general area of meaning (tree, fish, stone, etc.) and a phonetic element on the right that gives you a rough idea of the Sino-Japanese reading (on'yomi). There is a basic system - make the most of it.