Practice Schedule? What's That?

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?

Student Post- Preparing for an Exam - What to Do and what NOT to Do

    Here’s a list of advice during and before an examination. I hope this will be helpful!

    ALWAYS PRACTICE: When you are preparing for an exam, always practice as much as you can! Not practicing for an exam can make you very stressed out and worried on the day of said exam. I, once had not practiced much the week before the exam and ended up very stressed and worried about my mark. So always practice for an exam, and you can get a really high mark!

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS: First impressions are everything! Wear the right clothes, and always be prepared. If you are not wearing the proper clothing, the examiner will be lead to believe that you are not taking this exam seriously and chances are that he/she will probably give you a slightly lower mark than you’d get usually. So wear nice clothes, and enter with a smile! (*see below for teacher's note)

    ARRIVE ON TIME: Arriving on time to your examination is VERY important. During my first exam, my grandparents had forgotten to pick me up from school, therefore I was late. Thankfully, the staff had simply rearranged my schedule so that I could continue with my examination instead of having them cancel it completely. So go over with your parents about your plan, as many times as you need!

    DON’T BE STRESSED: It may seem obvious to you, but not being stressed is VERY important in order to succeed in an exam. When the examiner tells you to do something, you don’t have to do it immediately; take your time. Breathe. Picture a little voice in your head, telling you to be calm. Don’t be distracted, and don’t be afraid to take your time! 

    That’s all the advice I have for now, and I hope that you will succeed on your exam!

*(Teacher's Note):  While showing up to an exam in ripped jeans and a t-shirt with your favourite band printed on the front is not an ideal outfit for success, it really doesn't effect the mark you will receive.  However, wearing appropriate clothing will help you feel more confident and like they say, dress for the job (or mark) you want.  ED