A frequent topic of our Language Log posts has been about how best to learn Chinese, e.g.:
"How to learn to read Chinese " (5/25/08)
"How to learn Chinese and Japanese " (2/17/14)
"The future of Chinese language learning is now " (4/5/14)
Two things I have stressed: 1. take advantage of properly parsed Pinyin or other phonetic annotation and transcription; 2. utilize the full resources of digital, electronic, hand-held, and online dictionaries and other devices to assist and enhance the learning of reading and writing.
Whenever a well-designed, efficient pedagogical tool appears, I am always pleased because it means more rapid acquisition and less suffering for students.