My approach to taking lessons:
Keep in mind that you are at a lesson to learn! Don't worry about what you think of as faults or flaws in your riding during the lesson. Your instructor is there to make note of these things and help you and guide you to correct them. This is more likely to happen in an individual lesson than in a group lesson as your instructor can concentrate on you, and if you are having a problem you can stop riding and talk to your instructor about it; something that you can't do in a group lesson.
I knew people who approached their lessons as though they were going to a show. They wanted to impress their instructor with how well they were doing. I don't think that they learned as much in their lessons as I did.
My instructor could put me through my paces at the beginning of each lesson and see what I was doing well, but she and I both concentrated most of our time on what I was currently having difficulties with/obstacles that I needed to overcome and what suggestions she had for doing so. Then I practiced these suggestions on my own until our next lesson.
Perhaps most importantly during a lesson: keep your sense of humor!
Last edited by Michael1907; 01-27-2011 at 06:40 PM.