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I have the following sentence to translate.

日本語というものは、むずかしそうですが、
私は、大学の時に、母に漢字を書かせられたりしていたので
今、思うと、たくさん勉強しておいて、よかった思います。

So far I have the following.

The thing called the Japanese language seems difficult but
when I was in college I was forced by my mother to write kanji so
now if/when I think I study a lot in advance and think was well.

I am having an issue with 思うと and よかった思います. I don't know what that is doing with 思う if it doesn't mean if/when. And I thought 思います had to be proceeded with a . Is this not the case and maybe it just means "I think it was good"?.

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今思うと thinking back now, when I think back

When you see phrases like 思うと, 見ると, 振り返ると, 考えると etc., the following sentence is the content or result of the verb.

I think the と between よかった and 思います is necessary. There might be an error in your quote.

よかった is a kind of interjection. It is not just “good”, but “fortunate”. You are glad you have already studied it.

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Sorry, but could you clarify "I think the と between よかった and 思います is necessary.". Are you saying the text Rachel G is quoting is in error, and there should be a following よかった? –  Questioner May 11 at 6:23
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@DaveMG, Yes, I think it's an error. I've just checked BCCWJ, よかったと思 got found 398 results, よかった思 got 1 result. –  Yang Muye May 11 at 6:42

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