First, a story about how and why I FAILED my first midterm at UCLA.
I remember very clearly that day during my first year when the TA told our music history class that there would be a midterm that very class session. Wait- what? Yes, evidently it was true, I had forgotten about what was on my plate. I will say that my teacher wasn't the best communicator, but in my arrogance, I did not diligently note down the due dates and examination dates. Sufficient to say, after I stared blankly at the exam for a full minute, I proceeded to start writing down very bad answers and got a D on the test.
Rookie mistake. Don't be like me folks! Let's tackle this issue. Here's some tips that seem "duh~" obvious but have been overlooked by millions of music students throughout time.
Some practical ways to keep track of your assignments for the week is to jot down in a notebook what needs be done, in what order, and for how long. Make it as easy as possible for the student or teacher to write this down. Bring a quality notebook or notepad and clip to it a nice pen. You can use the Uni-ball Signo Dx Pen and a Moleskine Ruled Notebook which makes it a lot more fun to record things down. Be creative though: if your student is addicted to the iPad, let him use Evernote or just a simple app for him to record everything digitally. A brain can only remember so much, so a good notebook is very helpful for remembering all that's been taught.
I try to write down assignments for students at each lesson, but sometimes I forget. I tell my students that if I ever forget to write, they need to write down what was covered as soon as they get home.
Do you have any tips for recording assignments? I would love to hear about it!!
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