I often hear teachers say ‘I can’t force the students to learn, all I can do is help them on their way’, and in many ways I agree with this sentiment.
However, as a learner of Japanese and, as of April this year, the piano, I disagree. I want my teachers to ‘force’ me, to establish expectations of what I should be doing between classes, and check to see that I am actually doing it.
If no-one is watching, I find it easy to get distracted by other things.
I am not sure how many of my students feel like I do, but it might be an interesting topic for a survey. Something to come back to once classes start.