Learning the syllabus is an exciting part of the year! But sometimes, especially for newcomers to physie, the new routines might seem overwhelming. What happens if the steps seem too difficult to remember or the class is moving too quickly?
We begin the year by learning the syllabus in term 1 and often need much of term 2 to know the steps off by heart. The key is to understand that you have time! Learning sixteen counts of a routine one week and then being asked to remember more the following week can leave beginners wondering if they can keep up.
The routines will be broken down bit by bit and detailed to the point that you may remember these routines years from now! Don’t worry if you aren’t remembering all the steps in the first few weeks. One of the exciting parts of the year will be when you receive your syllabus DVD which demonstrates each routine for you to practice along to at home. Until then, aim to remember a little bit more each week.
Parents, if your daughter is feeling concerned, please chat with your teacher. Your teacher will reassure her that the steps will be revisited many times over and not to worry if she can’t remember them all just yet. Perhaps your teacher may be willing to walk through the steps learned so far for you to record so that your daughter can practice along at home. Point out that girls who have done physie before already understand much of the terminology and technique. Learning all these new steps is a great challenge! Let your daughter know she can do it and doesn’t need to worry if she is taking a little longer to remember so much new information! Next year, she will be the one with the experience ready to encourage someone new.
Physie takes time. There are many skills to learn over the months ahead. Your teacher will break down the positions and steps slowly. This part of the year is a challenge for the brain but highly beneficial as well! Keep Going!! It will be well worth it.
Teachers, be aware that many newcomers will not realise the process of the year. Explain to them that there is time. Encourage them and point out what they are achieving. Help your beginners recognise that being new to physie takes a lot of courage and they have more to learn than someone with experience but that it will all come together! Reassure them that you will teach them the skills they will need in the weeks and months ahead.
For tips on “How to Memorise Your Routines” click here.