Here’s an interesting Ted-Ed video with some insights into what happens in your brain when you practice.
[2:25] “Effective practice is consistent, intensely focused, and targets content or weaknesses that lie at the edge of one’s current abilities.”
Tips for effective practice
- Focus on the task at hand
- Minimise potential distractions by turning off the computer or TV and putting your phone into airplane mode
- Start out slowly or in slow motion “Coordination is built with repetitions, whether correct or incorrect. If you gradually increase the speed of the quality repetitions, you have a better chance of doing them correctly.”
- “Frequent repetitions with allotted breaks are common practice habits of elite performers.”
- “Practice in your brain in vivid detail”. Once you’ve established a physical motion, you can reinforce the physical motion just by imagining it.