...both for a specific student and generally.
My particular pre-exam student... G3 flautist. I'm more nervous than she is - first time I've entered anyone other than myself
Her study is good, both her pieces are "getting there" - one is all fine except for two tricky bars, the other is good except for grace notes.
Sight-reading she's better than she thinks she is and needs confidence to just TRY and to keep going more than anything.
Aurals I don't think will cause her any problem.
Scales she finds the hardest - once this exam is over we shall be attacking them methodically so she won't be playing catch-up in future: I don't think her previous teacher did a lot with scales and making them make sense to her in the first place is half the challenge. However she's doing OK and she still has a few weeks to brush up (it's a special visit outside the exam period) so although I'm not expecting her to get great marks in this section I don't think it will jeopardise her result.
What kinds of things do you do in the run up to the exam? What last minute things do you do with your student?
I can't do a proper mock exam as I don't have a piano in the teaching room and I don't have the piano skills to administer aurals anyway. I do plan to do some sort of mini exam even if it's only pieces with the piano part on CD/scales/SR and maybe some of the "options" from the music medals book.
What she needs most is an injection of confidence: whatever the final result I really would like her to come out of her exam feeling she did her best. I showed her the marking criteria in These Music Exams which I think helped - the criteria for passing are well within her reach even in HER estimation
Any suggestions for building confidence and getting her scales a bit more confident...? And any just general "what to do 4 weeks before the exam" advice?
Like I said - I think I'm more worried about it than she is (if it were me taking the exam, it would be my money "wasted" if I failed miserably, and my confidence bashed... I feel scared taking on the responsibility of someone else's money and confidence!) and I really DON'T want to pass on that apprehension to her.
Definitely not going to be succumbing to any ideas her parents might have of her taking another exam for at least a year - don't know about her, but I can't take the pressure