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Kanji flashcards question

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Hello, I just started to study some kanji using the White Rabbit Press Kanji Flashcards (amazing) but I have few questions.
As a beginner I don't know what's the best way to study kanji so I'm asking you: is it enough to study just the kanji meaning for now as start or should it be better if I learn at the same time from now also the on'yomi and kun'yomi pronunciations?
I mean, it's the very first time that I'll be seeing those symbols so, do you usually study just the meaning of the characters to have a first idea and to be able to recognize them and then, in a second time review them all and learn the various pronunciations and thus be able to also say them or read them in Japanese?

i.e.

I take out the card with this symbol 水 --> ok that's the kanji for water (maybe try some writing too)

OR

I take out the card with this symbol 水 --> ok that's the kanji for water and it's called "mizu" (kun'yomi) and/or "shui" (-or whatever- on'yomi) and it is used in this case and this and to create compound kanji like this

I have already organized my method of study using a spaced repetition system or Leitner Box system so I'll be practiceing every day at least 5 new kanji characters but if you suggest me to learn also the different pronunciations from now that would be a lot more work for me and I don't want too much pressure as a beginner because I don't want to risk to start confusing things and stuff.

So I just wanted to know if usually kanji is studied just by the meaning so I will be able to recognize them and "read" them or at least know what's written there more or less, and then when you get pretty much familiar with them start to learn how to read them in Japanese or do you study everything at the same time ?
If you how the cards are structured there's the kanji, 6 example phrases using that kanji, stroke line order | on the back | on'yomi, kun'yomi, meaning in english, translation of the 6 example phrases is kana and english as reference. So, I mean, I got everything there so I could get back to them whenever I want to... and thinking about it, it will take ages for just one kanji if I study everything for everyone of them...
Thank you for the help


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Thank you, so basically from what I understood from that thread it is kinda pointless to learn the pronunciation/reading of a kanji on its own as it could have a lot of different readings depending on the context and from what it's followed or preceded, and it is more useful to learn them readings as in words, phrases or "patterns" of kanji :)
 
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