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My personal article : Making the most as a student

Post  AnandMajumdar on Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:52 pm

Making the most as a student
- by Anand Majumdar

During the process of learning Partner Dancing most people experience a variety of problems. Sometimes these difficulties are anatomy-based, sometimes attitude-based and also sometimes knowledge and skill-based

I am going to try and break down most of the common difficulties experienced by students and I hope that life becomes slightly easier

1. I could cram my entire history encyclopedia in one night, so whatís the problem? :

One of the biggest handicaps people suffer from (and most of the time they donít know that they do!!) is that they donít know HOW to learn. Learning itself requires some skill sets and it isnít the same as cramming data into oneís mind before a test

2. Why? :

Because in learning dance there are two kinds of difficulties on would experience. The first would be the COMPREHENSION level difficulty. What this means is that one is not able to understand what is required of one in doing the dance. This is very easily surpassed (most often). The second kind of difficulty is the APPLICATION level difficulty, which means that having understood what is required of us, we are not able to do it. Just understanding what we need to do isnít sufficient for us to be able to do it. Necessary yes, sufficient no.

3. So how does one take care of this application Ė whatever Ė business? :

Practice. The ONLY parameter, which will bridge the distance between understanding and application, is practice. Most people arenít able to do stuff because they do not devote time after class practicing (remember me telling you ďpractice everyday for 15 minutesĒ). Over-confidence, Boredom, Lack of a partner, Tough schedules (I mean I barely make it for class) are some of they reasons why most people donít practice. Too Bad. Donít take classes if you canít practice. Itís wasting everyoneís time and your money. And this is coming from an instructor. So I canít be lying. I need your money remember. One of the other reasons why people donít practice is because being over-enthusiastic they want to learn more without having devoted enough time to the move at hand. Learning 5 moves well is better than learning 15 not to well. So all the available time is spent in learning more. I used to and even now sometimes do make this mistake.

4. Trust your instructor:

Trust your instructor. Trust your instructor. Trust your instructor. Trust your instructor. Trust your instructor. I didnít copy-paste these. Typed each one of them. Your instructor knows whatís best for you. Donít pre-empt, donít try to teach, donít question his/her plan for you. He/She understands your body, mental make-up, schedule and likes-dislikes best. Hence He/She is best equipped to know what you need, not you. Honest. But how do I know if the instructor is a good one. Who recommended you to Him/Her? Your friends, family, colleagues or other students who werenít exactly your enemies, right? Why did they do that? Because it helped them. The number of students recommending him/her always determines the quality of an instructor and how many of his/her intermediate and advanced class are filled to the brim with students. Easy to con students to join the basic class, but if your student comes back to do the next level thatís the litmus. Still canít find a great instructor? Well Iím one. Come to me. Contact information below.

Anand Majumdar
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Number of posts : 551
Location : Mumbai, India
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