My teaching style – your learning goals, your milestones, your pace

by Phil

When you book cycling tuition with me, you will probably have an end goal in mind. It might be learning to pedal for the first time. It might be that you can already ride a bike and your aim is to be able to commute on the roads.

Along the way, there are a number of milestones that lie between where you are now, and where you want to be.

It’s important that the goals for your cycling tuition, are your goals, and not somebody else’s.

I will discuss your goals with you, and suggest milestones for you.

“When will I achieve my goal?” is a very difficult question to answer. I don’t like make guesses such as “it will take you two lessons to learn to pedal”, or “it will take you three lessons until you can ride safely on the main roads of Birmingham”. That isn’t because I want to make more money out of you. It’s because I don’t want to put pressure on you with unrealistic expectations.

You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself when you have cycling tuition, and the last thing you need is a teacher who puts pressure on you.

So if I say to you, “I think you are now ready to learn how to do hand signals”, then it’s not because I think you are ready, it’s because I know you are ready to do it safely. But if you say to me “I don’t want to do that this week, because I want to practise what we learned last week for a bit longer”, that’s absolutely fine.

It’s your goal, they are your milestones. You are in control of them.

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