In the dumps
Ok we have two groups; Fast Track with 10 people and Beginners with 4.
We were told by one of the beginners that they couldn't cope with the memory required so they would be giving up after the 10th lesson. That was ok because there were two of us and we would manage. Last week one said that they didn't think they would continue as they couldn't devote time outside the classes, they thought they would think about it. Today another beginner has said that they didn't think that bridge would play as big a part in their life as they did before they started and didn't think they would continue. They have all said that they enjoyed the sessions and it was nothing that we did or didn't do and that they had learned a lot but they just didn't have time to input into bridge or they have decided that bridge didn't hold the interest that they had thought. Two had partners that have played bridge and I think that it was that situation that decided for them to give it a go.
The fast track group are ok and most are progressing well. However, we have concerns that some will not transfer into "club" bridge. Mainly because of "bridge not holding the interest for them that they thought".
I suspect that others have come across this and I wondered if they would impart their wisdom as to how they dealt with it. Any actions or words are most welcome. Have others found that reducing the time span (say 20 weeks rather than 30 weeks) helpful?
We will be speaking to the remaining 2 beginners to see what they will wish to do.
We are currently on Lesson 10 beginners and lesson 9 Fast Track.