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Do NOT split the rail, learn to come from the side from the beginning.
People tend to get stuck with their head and look backwards when they've landed on the rail, try to turn your head downhill. This makes it easier to lock on to the rail, understand when to prepare for the takeoff and have a nice landing.
pop get like 90 over the rail make sure you are set then spin. may seem like a lot at first but if you break it down in the pop, spin, and lock on phase it really helps. learn side on and just find a low rail you can land backwards on to really get into the pop then spin aspect of it. Hope that helps!
i always come in from an angle and really aim for the side of the rail. once im on the side of the rail i can really lock in and use my edges to guide myself. if i try to come in straight on i find that i kind of miss the rail occasionally and i cant balance to the end