Around here we love a schedule, a procedure or anything that helps students succeed. For some of my older students who have larger, more complex pieces we stumbled upon the idea of a practice schedule. It’s pretty simple. We start with a goal - an end goal of when the piece needs to be completed by and then we make a schedule for what needs to happen every week before that in order to achieve the goal. Check out this example:
This student has an exam in January and that was the goal we were working on. So each element of her exam was scheduled out. She needed to be able to play all of the items in bold at her lesson that week and still accomplish the goals for the material that wasn't in bold for that week. This process has helped a number of my students - have you ever used anything like this before?