Attitude is everything in the martial arts, and the way you view your training will directly affect the martial artist you will become. Often students will have to make time for their martial arts. If you wait until you have the time to study, you will never begin.
Some new students have the opposite reaction and go overboard with their training. This is not advisable either, as it causes one to "burn out" and eventually have to give up training anyway.
New students are asked to come at least two times a week, and this usually produces satisfying progress. Intermediate students are encourged to attend two to three times a week, and advanced students three to four. The higher up you go in rank, the more imperative it is to maintain your training. If a student consistently misses class, they may be temporarily reduced in rank until they catch up with their classmates.
Every six to eight weeks, there is a belt test to determine who is ready to move on to the next level. Students will be tested on the curriculum for their current belt, and depending how they do, will be promoted to the next rank. In order to participate in testings, students must ask permission from the Instructor no more than a week preceding the test. Testings are usually all day affairs, starting with a general cleaning of the school.
If a student expects to get the most out of this program, then focusing on the individual meaning for their belt level would be advisable. Students who try to get ahead will be left behind. If you stay with the program, you WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.