There is no doubt that pianists, of all levels, who practice more become better than those whose practice is sparse or irregular. But regular practice is easier said than done and even with the best of intentions the days between lessons can slip by quickly and practice becomes a last minute rush done only on the day before the lesson. Sounds familiar?
If so these practice tips may help:
1) Have a regular practice time
As with many things in life, it is getting started that is the most difficult thing. Having a set time when you always do your practice will help you to get going.
2) Keep a record of your practice sessions
Each time you practice make a note that you have done it. If you have a notebook that you take to lessons, use this to make a note of when and what you practiced during the week.
3) Use the Pomodoro technique
The pomodoro technique involves setting a timer and doing your practice (and nothing else) until the timer beeps. This technique is a great way to get focused for a short period of time.
4) Warm up first
Always start your practice with a few scales or technical exercises so that your muscles are warmed up.
5) Start slowly
Always make sure you can play your scales and pieces correctly at a slow speed before you try to play them fast.