Re: 31-count Kata....HELP???
Martha Levinson sensei told me that you usually start learning a kata by watching the person next to you, but if you keep doing it that way it will flow from your eyes to your arms without ever sticking to your brain. So as soon as you've been taught a few moves, try to do them on your own. You can then watch the more experienced person to see if you got it right, but don't rely on watching while doing.
I was skeptical of this theory, but I tried it and darn it, she's right. (She was trying to teach me a 75 count kata, so we had lots of opportunities to test this principle)