This list of tips which I will post over 7 weeks was published by CMuse
Create a practice-friendly environment
Spontaneous practice is the key to success, so make sure you place your instrument (provided it’s a portable one) within reach. Do you spend a lot of time at your computer desk because, aside from playing your instrument, you also like coding? Place your flute next to your keyboard. Do you enjoy studying on your hard copies while lounging in an armchair? Simply position your instrument under foot. Without thinking about it, you will see it, pick it up and start playing: in fact, whenever you need to take a break from coding, reading, studying or writing, your instrument will await you, and by always having it on hand you will practice scales, arpeggios, and even longer exercises without even realizing it. It won’t be a chore, but a pleasurable divertissement.
“Study the music away from the piano observing the challenging sections and when you return to the piano, always commence practicing with those bars first. Use colors! Markings with colored pens/pencils in the score will help with memorization. Repeat hundreds of times until perfect and try to perform the music to as many different friends and family prior to the exam to gain more confidence with the pieces, but most of all… Love the music and enjoy every note!”
Believe it or not, sight reading can be fun. Not convinced? Dig out your old music books from a year or two ago and try playing through a few of the pieces you didn’t learn at the time. Not only is this good sight reading practice, it’s a good way to keep playing during the holidays. PLUS you’ll learn new repertoire that you might enjoy AND you’ll give yourself a confidence boost by sight reading music you once thought was impossible.
The metronome. That pest that lives on your music stand, taunts you while you play and usually gets left out of your instrument case. If you think you’re ready to go with your exam pieces, try playing each of your pieces with the metronome at half speed. Typically when I play pieces at half speed I find strange mistakes, glitches or hesitations in my playing. Sometimes taking it at a slower pace can expose issues you didn’t even know were there. The metronome is also useful when practising technical work. Many students aren’t aware that their scales and arpeggios are not rhythmically secure. There may be a tendency to rush on the way down and to drag on the way up. Being able to present technical work at an even and consistent tempo is very important. So practise with the metronome!