Another suggestion is not to lend your tools and books to anyone. A number of things can happen if you do this. The day you need your textbook the student borrowing it could be out sick. The day you need your clippers that student might be out sick. The person borrowing your clippers might have dropped them by mistake and chipped the cutting blade. If they don’t tell you and you go to use them on a customer you might cut them. If any of these things happen you are the one who is going to look bad. Always keep your books with you as well as your tools – cleaned and in good working condition.
PRACTICE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ON THE CLINIC FLOOR
The clinic floor is your chance to get as much experience as you can. You have the opportunity to get most of your mistakes out of the way. Grab all of the haircuts you can. Make sure you take the ones that are the most difficult for you. The only way to build your skill and confidence is by repetition. If the longer hairstyles are your weakness, be the first one to grab that type of haircut when they come in. If you are a master at fades leave that haircut for someone else. Take full advantage of the opportunity your school is giving you.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE BEST STUDENTS CLOSE TO GRADUATION
You can learn a lot from your fellow students if you keep an open mind. Keep an eye on the students close to graduation on the clinic floor. Watch their haircuts. Find the student(s) that are giving the quality of haircuts that you would like to duplicate. Get close to them and watch. Ask questions. Take notes. In most cases they will be honored that you want to learn from them.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GUEST SPEAKERS
Every school has guest speakers come in to talk to their students and give demonstrations on a wide range of topics. Make sure to find out when these people are scheduled to come in and what they are going to be talking about or demonstrating. Do some research on them before they come in to your school. Find out who they are andwhere they work. What is their area of expertise? It is a good idea to be prepared ahead of time so you are ready for their class. Most of the time, these speakers come from a local barbershop, salon, or product distributor. Have some questions ready for them and try to get to know them a little if you have the opportunity to do so. The more connections you make and networking you do, the better your chances for achieving a higher level of success when you graduate. If you are absent you might miss a career or even life changing opportunity. You are paying for your education. It is your job to get the most out of it.
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