I'm taking some mandatory motorcycle lessons (required before you can legally ride on the road).
I've paid around $600 for these to the school the runs the course. The course (whose structure, contents and length are defined by the government) is supposed to be 18 hours (of class / riding time) and runs over a weekend.
Due to slow progress over the weekend - the instructor wants to take me for 4-5 hours of further lessons at a cost of about $40 an hour.
I don't disagree with this assessment and would very much like more practice.
However, over the weekend - we arrived at 8am and left at 5pm both days with an hour for lunch. This means that I'm owed 2 hours of work.
The instructor is going to contact me to arrange the extra hours - how do I make a point about the missing hours without ruining the relationship we currently have?
I genuinely enjoyed the lessons over the weekend, the instructor was very nice and I have no doubt that he does want to prepare me for the road.
The issues I see are:
- If I were to say this to the school directly - The instructor could possibly get in trouble for cutting the weekend sessions short
- I'm worried if I say it to the instructor - he might take it badly, wrecking our relationship and go on the defensive.
- He could simply say that he hasn't seen sufficient progress in our extra 4/5 hours and demand more lessons before he will sign me off
What is a diplomatic approach to doing the extra hours with the instructor while getting the two hours I'm owed?