Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -
 How can I help my child to get the most out of a lesson?

Attendees of intense work related training sessions can testify to memory overload they experience and the difficulty in recalling important facts and concepts without detailed notes. There are a variety of books, CDs, and DVDs that are commercially available that can help skaters understand the basic concepts of skating, ballet, and off-ice exercising.

Skaters usually don’t have the opportunity to record the information obtained in private or group lessons unless they carry a small recorder and record the conversations with their coach during lessons.  However, keeping a journal for coaches’ suggestions, practice drills, and accomplishments can be helpful for remembering what to do, and how far they’ve come.

Skating coaches rely on demonstrations and oral communications. The use of immediate visual feedback of a skater’s performance at rink side is becoming more common with the advances in video camera technology.

Depending on the age of the skater, some learners may have a difficult time processing the complex concepts of performing advanced jumps and spins if only oral communication is used.

Educators rely heavily on the following methods to impart information to learners –
  • Visual demonstrations
  • Oral communications
  • Written communications
  • Internet, Laser disc, CD or DVD visual and text based electronic reference materials
  • Computer Assisted Instructional Modules
  • Hands on Lab exercises
Submitted by Claude Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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