- They write it down, sometimes in great detail, so that they can refer to their notes in the future, or
- They do not write it down, and later they use a combination of memory, trying things, struggling, etc., to perform the action.
What is not acceptable is doing neither. Specifically, it is not OK to ask me to show you how to do the same things over and over again, ten or more times each over a period of several months, while you
- don't take notes
- don't remember anything
- are unwilling to struggle to figure something out on your own
- refuse to consult outside reference materials, and
- act helpless