Re: Preparing for Test Outside of Regular Class Time
I remember when I was preparing for my first grading test, I was given a photocopy of the nine basic techniques from the book "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere".
When I'd come home from school I'd spend around 1/2 hour just going through the moves by myself, refering to these copies. This helped enormously, as I only trained at a dojo for 2 hours a week.
Returning to Aikido after a lengthy break, I intend to practise at home again, hopefully with the help of my 15 year old son.
You only get out of something what you put into it, therefore training in your own time has to be of benefit, albeit I can see the greater benefit of training with others from your dojo outside of class times.