swantobe Posted August 23, 2010 Report Share Posted August 23, 2010 I am taking my RAD Intermediate exam in 10 days' time and I'd appreciate some advice from those who've taken exams before and from teachers, of course. We pushed this exam forward (was supposed to do it next year May) because my teacher thought I could do it this year, especially as I'm not that concerned about results - for now, I just need to get through this particular exam for various reasons. So in some ways I feel less ready than I would like (in certain aspects) but in others, more than ready. At this point, I think I've realised that there are certain things that are not going to improve drastically in the next 10 days, so in my mind, I'd like to continue to try my best, but I'd also like to concentrate more and more on the "details" (heads, upper body movement looking particularly nice, presentation, really fully "using" my music). Most of these details are in place, but I have a few bad habits I'd like to work on preventing (like looking down sometimes) and I'd just like to fine-tune a bit. One of the problems in this regard is that the teacher I am working with (not the teacher who originally entered me for the exam, for reasons outside of my and her control) believes in just continuing class as normal (in terms of many, many corrections during exercises) up until the exam. My other teacher believed in, closer to the exam, working through parts of the syllabus uninterrupted and then her giving me feedback/corrections after that, allowing me to work through the syllabus uninterrupted and have a more "exam-like" atmosphere. I am really struggling with my current teacher's approach...and as I have a couple of private lessons coming up, I'm wondering if I should say something along the lines of: "Could we try and do this in an exam-like atmosphere and just work through chunks of the syllabus and then discuss them afterwards?". Would this be a bad idea? I'm not saying I don't want corrections, I just want to practice what it's going to be like in the exam. Also, is it worthwhile filming the class at this point so that I can look at the video and correct myself on certain things (like, actually having a visual idea of me looking down, so I can actually SEE what my teacher is talking about)? Or is it too late for that? Does anyone have advice for me? Thanks. Quote Link to comment
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