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Testimonials

Testimonials from some of my past pupils

Dylan Dylan
Passed 1st Time 🎊🎈
My experience with Karl and LDC was a very pleasant one, and I achieved a 1st Time Pass. The process was enjoyable and easy to get to grips with, the book gave a clear overview on what to achieve and how each lesson was going to go, and Karl adjusted the lesson to what we felt was best for me. Writing my thoughts and what I thought went well, along with what to improve on, helped me to ensure, I progressed at a faster pace and made my lessons very effective and supported improvement in each element of my driving. Karl was always very friendly, and every lesson I felt we could have a chat and even a laugh, whilst still progressing through every lesson effectively, ensuring we achieved our goals. Karl always made sure I understood what we were working on within the lesson, and always made sure I was comfortable in what I was doing. Overall, I have enjoyed every moment of learning to drive, and Karl supported by the LDC System, made my learning journey so enjoyable and in the end a good confident driver. I genuinely couldn’t recommend either enough.

JenniJenni
Passed 1st Time 🎉🎊
Karl was faultless. His teaching method was straightforward and to the point. Karl is patient and calm, so perfect for anxious learners or those with low confidence. His bubbly persona instantly puts you at ease, making you feel as safe as possible to what may seem a daunting environment. Karl is great for dyslexic and dyspraxic learners; where I struggled to understand something, he always took time and found innovative ways to bring clarity to my learning. Nothing was ever rushed and the learning followed my own individual pace. Karl’s teaching style is incredibly methodical, and the ‘doing’ of the driving lesson practice was very much followed with the ‘reading’ of the LDC workbook and literature, and the ‘writing’ of the reflections after each lessons. This shows how different learning styles are catered for by both Karl and the LDC approach. Thank you so much, Karl, I could not passed first time without you!!

CaliCali
1st Time Pass 🎉🚘
Karl is truly amazing! I passed first time with only 3 driving faults! I had only driven a car once before, but the second I sat in the car I felt so at ease. He never once made me do something I wasn’t comfortable with yet and even in stressful situations he made me feel at ease and more confident in my own ability. He explains things in a simple way and gives you little phrases that stay with you to help you remember! He went out of his way multiple times to ensure I received the lessons I needed. He’s professional, friendly, calm and the car is always spotless. I felt far more confident in myself after learning with him and I felt very ready for my test. He didn’t book a test for me until he was certain I felt ready in myself, even if I was ready practical wise, he ensured I felt good in my own ability before booking it. I’ve gained so much confidence in my own ability since learning with Karl, and would recommend him to anybody any day! 🚘

EllieEllie
Passed 🎉🚘
Having had a bad experience with another instructor and failing my 1st test in the north, Karl took me under his wing. Prior to this, I absolutely hated driving, and had no confidence, but with Karl I found myself actually enjoying my lessons (I never thought I’d say that!) He’s extremely professional and always went above and beyond on our lessons, ensuring we achieved our targets for that lesson. I found the LDC workbook extremely helpful, this is where we identified weakness and gaps of knowledge in my case, leaving no stone unturned in preparation for test. This helped me feel fully prepared for test day. Prior to the lesson we would set out targets and at the end of lessons we would always have a debrief, evaluating what went well, did we achieve what we wanted to? And what we would like to achieve for next lesson. The effort Karl puts in is second to none, and I cannot recommend him enough!

LiamLiam
Passed 1st Time 🎉🚘
I thoroughly enjoyed my learning time with Karl. Although 30 hours of learning time may seem a long time, it's flies by, and the satisfaction of a first time pass is an irreplaceable feeling. Karl liked to keep the wheels rolling, maximising the learning time each lesson and whilst he seeks to avoid errors he is a very supportive instructor. The LDC learning book was a helpful resource in mapping your pathway to success and planning and learning each lesson in advance. The LDC learning hub was also a very helpful resource for my theory test revision. Many thanks Karl.

JamieJamie
Passed 1st Time 🎉🚘
Karl, I would first like to say thank you for helping me achieve my license. Throughout the the last 6 months there’s not been one thing I can fault about how you went about things, we got off to a great start and was flying with the lessons until I had to take 6 weeks off with me hurting me leg. However, when I came back you made it easy for me to get back up to speed with how you structured the lessons. The best thing you did was changing to 3 hour lessons, as we were nearing my test date, if it wasn’t for that I don’t think I would have passed. The LDC Workbook was very helpful when setting goals, and providing me the information needed, to make me a safe driver on the road and giving me a better understanding of the vehicle. Overall the experience I had was a great one that I won’t forget, as it was the road that led to me finally getting my license, so once again thank you, and all the best.

LouiseLouise
Passed 1st Time 🎉🎊
Prior to my lessons with Karl, I didn’t enjoy driving and my confidence was completely knocked having been with another instructor. Since meeting Karl and having lessons, my confidence changed completely and not only did I learn how to drive but to have more confidence in myself. At the end of each lesson I had a book in which I would write down what we did in the lesson along with things I both enjoyed and didn’t enjoy and things I wanted to improve on, which really helped as I got to practice things I needed more help and support on and anything I didn’t enjoy, I was able to work on. I struggled with the most basic things to begin with (as all learners do) but by the end I was confident in my ability to drive and always looked forward to my lessons. At the beginning of the lesson we would always go over the plan for the lesson and he would read what I had written from the previous lesson so he knew what I needed to work on and what I enjoyed doing. At the end we would go over the lesson and I would get feedback on the lesson overall so I knew what I done well and what may need improvement on. He always praised me for my achievements and I loved being able to learn something new each lesson and Karl was able to watch me grow from having such little confidence to being confident on the road, being able to park with ease and being independent. He was really supportive and always made me feel comfortable behind the wheel, I really enjoyed my lessons and with his help was able to pass first time.

HarrietHarriet
1st Time Pass 🎉🎊
Karl’s way of teaching has always been coherent and precise leading me to pick up skills quickly and mostly with ease. I always found the pictures of complicated junctions and roundabouts extremely helpful as a visual learner. It was a very good way of anticipating these hurdles as a learner and increased my confidence massively. The student led lessons had a massive impact on the speed of my progress and the relaxed manner of the lessons always kept me calm behind the wheel. Karl always asks for input in the lessons and makes sure the pace of things are right. He always went above and beyond to make sure I was happy and made sure everything that I wanted to do was ticked off by the end of the lesson. I loved the car as the general handling was always so smooth and easy to control. The extra mirrors and shape of the car helped lots when practising manoeuvres. The LDC way of learning with the driving skills workbook was valuable as it keeps record of your progress and what was covered through lessons which can easily be forgotten as time goes on.

Eden Eden
Passed
Karl is an amazing instructor. He’s optimistic, patient, understanding and professional. He is a great motivator and makes good jokes to make you feel relaxed. Karl is friendly, and a great listener, whilst ensuring discipline on the road to help you to become a safe driver. He will not only teach you to pass your driving test, but teach you to become a good driver. I’ve gained so much confidence driving with Karl and felt completely prepared for my test. He fully reassured me before I drove into the test centre, and I passed with only two minor driving faults. Karl always made room in his diary for me and ensured I could take my lessons around my busy work schedule. Karl uses an effective teaching method, asking you what you think we should do / should have done, to improve the situation, rather than telling you the answer. This helps you understand and learn from your mistakes.

Before a lesson, he checks what you would like to do / improve upon during the lesson, and plans a route / lesson in advance to maximise drive time. He will also ask you to pull over to discuss a diagram over a complicated roundabout/ manoeuvre, prior to doing it to give you a better understanding. He also suggests different ways to approach situations, in order to let you decide which is the best option for you. At the end of the lesson, Karl encourages you to grade each part of the lesson from 1-10, which clearly highlights your progression. The LDC workbook is very useful and demonstrates each element of the driving in detail, I used it before and after every lesson. Karl helped me to book a test quickly by looking for a cancellation. The LD system online is also very helpful, as you can update it and your instructor can view it to. Overall, Karl is great and I would recommend him to anyone learning to drive. The car is always spotless and comfortable to drive! 10/10

Tali Tali
Passed
I found the LDC workbook very helpful along my journey to drive, using it in between lessons so I could prepare. Karl took me on after having a bad experience with a previous instructor and my confidence being very low. From my very first lesson with Karl, I could already see a change in my confidence on the roads. Every lesson I had with Karl, I walked away with a smile and always as if I had achieved something new. Karl always thinks of his students first, and was always flexible with when my lessons suited me. Karl would always take as much time as needed to address any worries or concerns I had until they were sorted. Another bonus to Karl’s lessons, was the cleanliness of his car, especially during these Covid times. Before being presented for test, Karl ensured I was 100% ready and made sure he had done everything possible to best prepare me. Overall I had a great experience learning to drive with Karl.

Josh HowellJosh Howell
Passed 1st Time 🎉
Karl Oliver has been an incredible Instructor. He is very friendly and patient, and with his calm and supportive approach, I passed first 1st time.

 Cameron Cameron
Passed
The student centred LD system speaks for itself - it is well structured, the videos give great example. However what sets the experience apart is the instruction, guidance, support received from Karl Oliver. I cannot express enough how pivotal Karl was in my success, I achieved a year long goal of obtaining my license in England with one minor may I add. Karl is an exceptional instructor - he is courteous, considerate and listens above anyone else. Much like being a good driver you have to make observations to what’s happening in front of you and make the correct action / reaction to the situation presented as a teacher Karl has done just that he’s observed my driving capability, illustrated areas that are good and where to improve and developed my safety on the road for not just myself but for others.

Before I came to Karl I had a massive knock to my confidence when I booked a short notice test on the IOW after spending merely 10 hours at another driving school. I felt unprepared and embarrassed about the fail I received and as I’ve experienced this I can talk about it and make comparisons. Having 6 years of driving experience in the United States I felt a false sense of security in my driving as I was capable of operating a vehicle but what also came with that was severely bad driving habits that I wasn’t even aware of because I’d become so naive to the ability of my awareness whilst driving and ability to make observations. This was a daunting obstacle to overcome however with Karl’s unrelenting support and guidance I was in the position to illustrate to myself my driving strengths and areas to improve - upon this we were able to devise a plan to best approach enhancing my driving abilities to the point where I am a natural fluent driver in lessons and in the real world and to me that’s what sets Karl apart from any other instructor I’ve met, he was a pleasure to work with as a teacher and someone to look up to as a mentor and had the ability to even form a friendship with myself I’m not one to usually write a review however In this circumstance Karl Oliver went above and beyond any expectations and I cannot recommend him any higher to anyone no matter what level of driving they’re convinced they have, Karl Oliver will sort you out top bloke.

Holly Holly
Passed 1st Time
Karl is a very patient instructor, also if there is something you struggle with, like I struggled with learning Roundabouts and Hill Starts, he will keep going over it until you start to understand it. He is very dedicated, to getting you to where you need to be, so you are absolutely ready for test. Overall; he is an amazing instructor, who makes you feel comfortable and is very easy to talk to.

Euan SmartEuan Smart
Passed
Karl has been a brilliant instructor, he gave up his time to help improve my driving in addition to dedicated lessons. Karl explains how we can improve my driving in a very relaxed way and explains it very well also. Even after setbacks, Karl has been very patient, and he has worked hard with me to rectify any issues. I couldn’t recommend Karl highly enough to any new learner.

Georgie LindopGeorgie Lindop
Passed
Karl is a brilliant instructor, always very calm and patient, and happy to explain what was not understood in the book. Due to missing driving time in the second lockdown, Karl started once weekly theory sessions with myself and another student, to ensure that our progress was kept up throughout those difficult times. I used my LDC theory app to aid my learning, and found that the hazard perception tests were very useful in my physical driving also. The videos by LDC were extremely helpful, and I watched them before each section of my lesson to aid with understanding. I could not recommend Karl enough, I felt so comfortable throughout my learning! Thank you!

Jessica CreekJessica Creek
Passed 1st Time
Karl’s been a great instructor throughout all of my lessons, very helpful, polite and professional. The LD System has also been great - the book has been very helpful. It was nice to feel in control of what I learnt in my lessons and when we covered things.

D.S. LillyD.S. Lilly
Passed 1st Time
Karl was recommended to me by my sister in law, so I contacted him and he took time out of his busy schedule and I am really happy that I chose him. His instructor skills are really good. I got zero faults in my driving test, all because of him. Would highly recommend.

Bradley LethbridgeBradley Lethbridge
Passed 1st Time
Karl gave up his time to help me, he mentored me really well and supported me in all situations. Karl trusted me to drive and coached me so that I was test ready in a short period of time. I highly recommend Karl, very helpful and a genuine guy.