as the title says, i want to take the n3 in december. However, i was wondering if anyone had any tips for creating a study plan. (i really want to be prepared for it.) right now i'm taking lessons with a japanese teacher on italki (even though they're conversation based, i could always ask her if she does jlpt prep as well) and i have the TRY! n3 book coming in the mail. Anyway, any help would be much appreciated!! thank you!
The study plan that got me a Pass was doing the Anki N3 Tango deck (20 new words a day with about 3 weeks to a month extra for only review [no new words]), Shin Kanzen Master Reading and Grammar Books, and do the practice listening tests on YouTube.
Of course it's going to depend on your own personal strengths and weaknesses. Taking lessons and practicing conversation with a native Japanese speaker is a great start! Good job!
The quality of the Shin Kanzen Master books can't be stressed enough. They're tough but they do work. I found grammar was my most difficult point so I'd recommend working on that, especially understanding the differences between similar grammar points, which JLPT does test on and Shin Kanzen Master is good at. I think practicing writing sentences with the different grammar points is a good way to internalize them.
On YouTube I really like KemushiChan ロレッタ's channel. She has a couple of excellent JLPT study plan videos. This video really helped me (even though it's about important focus points for last minute JLPT study): www.youtube.com/watch?v=73gOhC...