Her lessons were always well explained, in a calm and informative manner, even when things didn't go as well as I'd planned. This helped to alleviate any nerves I had when trying a new manoeuvre, or technique. We worked to my abilities, and it was always my choice whether we moved on to something new, or continued to hone the basics.
She was always aware of my lack of self confidence, and worked to build on that throughout my lessons. She took to this with a kindness and thoughtfulness that I doubt I could have found easily elsewhere.
I don't think I could have passed first time without her, and I am so pleased that I chose Suzanne as my driving tutor.
Cat passed first time with a fantastic record of only three minor faults. She only started lessons with me in September, never having learnt before, and did a brilliant job of mastering everything so quickly. It was a pleasure to work with her!
The LDC franchise has a really good learning programme focused on module based learning rather than a check list of driving elements. In my case, due to my endless questioning of my abilities, it was reassuring that Suzanne allowed me the freedom to revisit and refine areas I felt I was lacking in, although she did help to push me on when I was ready for the next steps. As a student who had previously done hourly sessions verses a combination of 2, 3 or 4 hour blocks that I did this time around, I can see the benefits and hindrances of both timetables. Shorter hours places less stress on the learner however the longer blocks allow yourself to retain more of the techniques and become more familiar with the car.
Personally I was a nervous wreck and if it wasn't for Suzanne's calming and positive nature I don't think I would have passed. Suzanne was an absolute pleasure to learn from, her qualities as a teacher allowed me to enhance my understanding of the information outlined in the LDC handbook/disc and her unwavering ability to stop me from underestimating myself establishes that she cares for the learner foremost. All the plaudits go to this great instructor and I have no qualms regarding recommending her to other learners. Thank you Suzanne for all your hard work. Best wishes for the future.
During the teaching, you will usually be talked through exactly what you need to do and what you need to look out for whilst at the side of the road, allowing you to be clear about the process or the manoeuvre before you even attempt it. You will then go ahead and complete the manoeuvre, and pull over again and review afterward. This instant feedback whilst it is still fresh in both minds is very useful for improvement! This also means that during the driving, you can focus on the road and the task ahead, instead of having to split attention between the road and listening to instructions. I always felt very at ease when asking questions with Suzanne, and was encouraged to do so, which again allowed me a much quicker understanding of a lot of key concepts.
When you first have lessons with Suzanne, she will provide you with a login for LDC's online systems, and an LDC workbook. These are high-quality materials, and the workbook especially goes into depth about the exact criteria the examiners are looking for in each category and gives the exact wording to all the "show me tell me" questions which I found incredibly useful! The LDC website will have a record of every lesson you have with Suzanne, and also has a lot of useful videos about driving, although a lot of these can also be found on youtube too, which will give you an idea of the quality of LDC materials.
I would thoroughly recommend Suzanne to anyone, her calm approach and student-focused style is a multitude better than my previous instructor's style of bombarding me with too much information by yelling stuff whilst I was in the middle of a roundabout! Her honest and accurate feedback at the end of every lesson lets you see and measure your progress, and see how close you are to becoming ready for the test. Her punctuality is great, arriving 5 mins ahead of every lesson. Her car is clean and comfortable to drive. Thank you Suzanne for getting me my driving licence! 5 stars from me!