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Episode 08: Tricks to Encourage Your Students to Practice

About this podcast

This podcast will provide you with a few simple tricks you can use to encourage your students to practice. You won't need to use these tricks for all of your students - only the problem ones who don't seem to practice regularly.

Remember that one size doesn't fit all so think of these tricks as a few additional methods you can use when your go-to techniques don't seem to work.

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Downloadable PDF Checklist

One of the tricks discussed in the episode uses a printable practice checklist you can fill out and give to your students. Download the PDF below to give to your students.

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KID-01 Kids Practice Chart 1

About this resource

Motivating young children to practice regularly can be a difficult task. Unless the right incentives are given, you may find some children don't practice at all between lessons. This practice chart will help you keep track of how your student practices as well as providing them incentives to practice every day.

The inbuilt incentives in this chart work by setting a hurdle the student must pass before they receive a reward. In this case the hurdle is that they must practice every day for seven days. At the end of the seven days provided they have practiced every day, they can color in a drawing on the chart. This is the incentive. The student is rewarded for their consistent practice with a coloring in drawing.

A new drawing is provided in the following weeks for five weeks to set the habit of regular practice. This incentive has been tested and works extremely well for young children. During each lesson you can provide positive feedback to encourage the student to continue practicing every day. You can also comment on their coloring in skills which reinforces the reward for next week.

For this incentive to work properly, you must tell the student's parents that they should keep track and make sure the student doesn't cheat by marking off days when they haven't practiced. After five weeks of consistent practice it will become a habit and you won't have to focus on it so much. The student will be used to practicing every day and you can use different incentives such as games or songs the student likes.

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TBP-01 Students not practicing

About this guide

Possibly the most frustrating aspect of teaching guitar is when your students don’t practice in-between lessons with you. It’s frustrating because it means you have to go over the same materials and you can’t push on to more complicated (and interesting) material. In this guide we will identify possible causes to the problem and how to deal with it.

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Want to be able to encourage your student to practice more often?

It's pretty hard to control how your student practices outside of lessons. So we created PRA-02 Practice Session Breakdown, a resource to help you plan out your student's practice session so they know exactly what to practice. It's incredibly effective and you will notice your student developing faster. More