Begin slowly when learning new music. Go no faster than can be done correctly.
Use the metronome to set, check, or maintain tempos. Practice with a steady rhythm.
Correct mistakes and repeat sections to reinforce
Follow a fingering plan
Always do enough hands alone practice to make each part strong and secure
Set practice goals and write them down
Work on small sections to improve each area. Do more then just play through songs.
Check to see that all assignments have been done before finishing
Daily practice is best to be successful
Always play some music just for fun beyond assigned music. Play some favorites.
Listen to recordings of music being learned after some practice has been done.
Playing too fast
Not using the metronome as instructed
Not correcting mistakes
Not following the prescribed fingering using random fingering patterns
Not enough hands alone practice
Playing with poor attention to correct rhythm or very uneven rhythm
Not working on problem sections in small groups of measures
Putting in a preset number of minutes with no real attention to improvement (clock watching)
Playing only assigned music --nothing additional just for fun
Not following instructions or doing all of assigned lesson material
AVOID MISTAKES AND MAKE A PATH TO SUCCESS