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Testimonials from some of my past pupils

Amy
First time with just one fault
James is everything that you’d want with a driving instructor - he is friendly, calm, patient, funny, but most importantly, in my opinion, a really great communicator. This is both in lesson, and when messaging to confirm dates, times, payment, etc. I passed my first manual driving test with James’s preparation in Yeovil during rush hour traffic (08:10). In the lessons leading up to my test date, I found myself just not driving as well as I had been doing previously. James was very reassuring, reminding me what I was doing in order for me to rectify my mistakes, rather than making me feel stressed out or stupid. I never once felt embarrassed or ashamed with James. Throughout my 13 lessons, he explained the different aspects when it comes to driving, helping me understand what to do, and more importantly, why as drivers we should be doing these as well.  I will miss learning from James and spending time with an insightful and knowledgeable instructor. 10/10, 5 star instructor. 

Keley
Conquered the nerves
I reached out to James after failing a previous test due to extreme nerves and anxiety. When we met he immediately made me feel more relaxed and listened to how I was feeling and helped build my confidence over a few months. James taught me several techniques to manage my anxiety. Thanks to James I passed my test on the second attempt without James I don't think this would be possible.  James adds, Keley had so much resting on passing her test that many could not come to terms with. However much pressure you think you are in when taking a driving test I doubt it will ever be more than her. You too can learn to ignore the negative thoughts and appreciate that you know what you are doing and 'you've got this'.

Naomi
Conquered nerves first time!
James is a fantastic instructor. After coming to driving very "late" and very anxious, he was always reassuring and confidence boosting. He explains things really well, and if I wasn't getting something, he would find another way of teaching it, and persevere until I got it. I really appreciated his patience, sense of humour and how he found the right balance between pushing me to improve and keeping my nerves from spiralling. Couldn't have done it without him!

Naomi
1st time pass with confidence
James is a fantastic instructor. After coming to driving very "late" and very anxious, he was always reassuring and confidence boosting. He explains things really well, and if I wasn't getting something, he would find another way of teaching it, and persevere until I got it. I really appreciated his patience, sense of humour and how he found the right balance between pushing me to improve and keeping my nerves from spiralling. Couldn't have done it without him!

HazelHazel
First time with just one fault
James taught my brother so was a natural choice but I am so glad that I learnt with him.  I really feel that I understand more than just how to drive.  He has given me great confidence and I am so excited to have passed first time at the start of the summer.  I felt nervous but confident on the day of my test as I knew I could do it.  Thanks James  

Emily
First time pass
I contacted James in December 22 to discuss driving lessons within a relatively tight timescale as I needed to be able to drive my little one to nursery by May 23, and from the start he was so incredibly helpful and honest about the timescales and potential pressures that could happen along the way. During our lessons James was the perfect instructor for me, he would discuss how to do eg a particular manoeuvre, we would then do it with him talking me through it, then once I was comfortable I would do it myself. This meant that there was never any pressure to move onto the next topic if I wasn’t happy, and that I never felt silly not getting something straight away. We both knew from the start that due to my tight timescales my test could be tricky, but thanks to James I managed to pass first time and will now be able to take my little one to nursery

HaydenHayden
First time with ZERO faults
Really pleased I passed first time and with zero faults.  I really needed a car for work rather than my scooter so although a test was a long time away we put in the hours which was great as I then got a cancellation so much sooner but I was ready.  James made sure that I did everything right and I developed some habits that will stay with me for sure.  The examiner said it was like I had swallowed the handbook! James is an excellent teacher - he allowed me to learn to be a confident driver quickly and I am pleased to have passed with zero faults.

Syranne
Just the right intensity
After 13 years on a motorbike I decided I'd had enough of the wet and cold, so it was time for a car licence. Although I felt confident on the road, I was very nervous getting in to a car as it's so very different to riding a bike. I'm very happy I chose James to instruct me. He is exceptionally patient and really inspired calmness and confidence during our lessons. I was allowed to progress at my own pace, which initially meant some weekly lessons to ease me in to driving a car, followed by some intensive days before my test, and I'm very happy and grateful to have passed first time. Massive thanks to James, I don't think you could hope for a better teacher.

Lauren
Getting back on the road
I recently took some lessons with James and I am so glad I did! I passed my test about 7 years ago but hadn't been in a car since. I had a baby last year so getting back in the car was essential, but I was so nervous and had very little confidence. After a short time in the car with James, everything started to come back to me. Thanks to his patience, guidance, and positive encouragement I was starting to enjoy driving. A few lessons with James enabled me to gain my confidence to get back in my own car. Thank you so much for helping me! See you on the road. Lauren had all the skills and it was obvious that she just needed my support to give her the confidence to drive again. Just six hours and she was happy to head off in her own car.

Lauren
Getting back on the road
I recently took some lessons with James and I am so glad I did! I passed my test about 7 years ago but hadn't been in a car since. I had a baby last year so getting back in the car was essential, but I was so nervous and had very little confidence. After a short time in the car with James, everything started to come back to me. Thanks to his patience, guidance, and positive encouragement I was starting to enjoy driving. A few lessons with James enabled me to gain my confidence to get back in my own car. Thank you so much for helping me! See you on the road. Lauren had all the skills and it was obvious that she just needed my support to give her the confidence to drive again. Just six hours and she was happy to head off in her own car.

Jay
First time pass with intensive learning
I would recommend James to everyone who is looking to pass their driving test quickly and confidently. James’s calm and precise approach and clear teaching methods got me through my test first time. I had been practising leading up to my 3 day course but still had a way to go. Within the 3 days I learnt a lot, with help from James I squashed bad habits and worked through any worries I had about driving in my test and driving in general. At the start of my intensive course with James I had doubts about passing my test but after progressing with him managed to build my confidence up quickly. James is a nice easy going guy and I think it would be difficult not to get along with him. Cheers again James, Can’t thank you enough!

Elliott
Best choice
I couldn’t have made a better choice going with James. If you want to go beyond passing, and be a great driver, he’s your guy! He’s got great experience and the right amount of discipline to go along with it!

Elliott
Best choice
I couldn’t have made a better choice going with James. If you want to go beyond passing, and be a great driver, he’s your guy! He’s got great experience and the right amount of discipline to go along with it!

Elizabeth Ting
Crucial first time pass
James was very calm and a great instructor for me to learn the UK roads. He explained things in just the right way to help me understand which was great as I was starting a new job the week I passed my test and I really needed to drive! Thank you James.

Gabriel
Really encouraging and patient
I was really pleased with James's approach to my driving. He guided my lessons at just the right pace to give me the confidence I needed. He also arranged for a mock test with another instructor so I could experience some of the pressure of the test situation. This was great because I made all sorts of mistakes that we were able to fix before I passed my test FIRST TIME! I'm all set now for a new job. Thanks James!

VixVix
Passed 1time
With the help of James I passed first time. His patient and friendly personality within lessons helped me to build my confidence whilst driving. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn! Amazing instructor! A very big thank you!

Cody
Highly recommended
I would like to thank you very much for your tuition and enabling me to pass my driving test with only one minor. Going into the test is was confident in my skills, awareness and ability to face variable situations whilst driving and this was thanks to you and your teaching style. After having four previous instructors over an eight year period I can hands down say I learnt the most from you. Your way of explaining how to approach driving techniques and the situations that arise whilst driving were extremely clear and felt very personalised to my learning style.

You also had a very effective way of creating a relaxed driving environment and within each lesson it really came across like you were interested and invested in making me the best possible driver, not only going through what was needed for the test but introducing additional techniques, skills and things to be aware of for my future driving as a qualified driver. Never did you make me feel like I wasn’t achieving when I felt like I wasn’t doing so well, always using positive language and reinforcement throughout the lesson, praising my driving skills in the littlest of situations giving me the confidence in both my practical driving skills and awareness, in situations where previous instructors just wouldn’t of given me any feedback.

I cant say how happy I am to have come across you as an instructor and I would highly recommend anyone of any ability and age to take lessons with you. Thank you again.

Rob J
Easy going and very approachable
I booked to do an intensive course with James who was a fantastic driving tutor. Unfortunately things didn't go perfectly in my first test but James helped me understand what to put right and second time round I was successful!! He was easy going and very approachable. Never had a problem with getting hold of him to arrange lessons and always on time. Thanks James.

Stuart
Patience of a saint
I'd driven a bit when younger but about 20 years later decided it was time to pass. I did an assessment with James who worked out how many hours I needed as an intensive course. I was happy with his approach so booked up. It was great learning from him and many times I said how calm he was and he had 'the patience of a saint'! However I found him really helpful and his advice with roundabouts really made everything click. We were driving all the time with very little sat still at the side of the road. I was so happy to pass the examiner was rather surprised by my manly shoulder hug! Big thanks James.

Simon B.
First time, just one minor!
I did a lot of lessons 5 years ago but then never took a test. Having decided to get passed I found the LDC intensive course worked really well. I did 20 hours the end of October and took my test on the 31st passing 1st time with only 1 minor!! James is a really good instructor and I highly recommend him. I also found the LDC dvd and workbook a great help to understand what to do next and how to check how I was doing.

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