REVIEWS! I love getting reviews, bad or good I appreciate the heck out of them because feedback is valuable, it's a window into the minds of our students which allows us to see which parts of the class they enjoyed the most, what they felt they were missing, and of course how we can improve.
As instructor and assistant (Matthew is off to instructor school next weekend!) our job isn't finished when the class goes home. Sure, there is admin work to finish up, lots of guns to clean, ammo to inventory, and the wonderful (sic) on-line application process ensures we'll be fielding plenty of calls. But the single most important post-class task we always do while the class is very fresh in our minds.. is to critique each other.
Which of course means Matthew gets to spend time telling me what mistakes I made, how I could have done this or that better, what the students seemed to like the most, or maybe I went on a bit too long on a certain subject. As time goes on we naturally get more and more critical. How many times can he listen to me teach the same thing and find it interesting.. so the bar is raised higher and higher (I can't wait until he's an instructor (next class!) and we'll see if he can take as well as he gives..:)
When the reviews show I'm doing something right, and Matthew confirms it, it feels good. But it wasn't always like that. In the beginning and for quite some time after I'd have to ask him to critique me and pull it out of him like I was pulling teeth. What son likes to critique their father? But he's sharp and perceptive and he's had to sit through it over and over. In other words I respect his opinion and most of the time he's right. To improve I had to suck it up and get over myself. More than a few times.
Todays classes are highly refined over our first classes. And they're not always the same. Some parts are, they have to be because the law mandates we cover certain things. But a lot of the time is left to us. So, depending on the overall experience of the class (sometimes we get highly experienced classes, sometimes we get all novices) I tend to introduce different subjects, videos, or discussion.
We like to think we're giving you the best experience possible. We still put the same importance on critiquing each other, and we still realize we have much to learn and room to improve. But we're more comfortable and know we're giving students a great value and not wasting their time.
When you come to our class we're not merely reading from a power point or some canned curriculum. You're getting the best possible experience that I as the instructor can possibly give, the result of months and months of refinement and reflection. I love what I do and I like to think it shows. And I wouldn't be sending Matthew to instructor school next weekend if I didn't truly believe he not only loved it, but truly realized the importance of what we do and ultimately the impact it could potentially have on your lives.
Come take our Concealed Carry Class, state certified to obtain your CCL and/or permits in many other states including Arizona and Florida (where we give out application packets) and see for yourselves.
We charge only $170 for the full 16 hour course, and for those of you with military or police officer exemptions we charge $100 for the 8 hour course. We have very significant Veteran/Active/Reserve/NatGuard discounts, and a student discount as well.
We take your pictures do you won't ;have to go pay to have it done, and we have a fingerprint service visit our classroom so you don't have to try and track one down later. We do all you need so that Sunday night you can go on-line and apply for your permit. We even bring 15-20 CCW style guns to the classroom to share do you can see what's available, and you're welcome to shoot them for your qualification shoot.
To take one of our classes hit the "BOOK NOW" icon on our banner picture, or go here: http://www.champaignccw.com/schedules.aspx and on the right you'll see "Reserve Your Class." Or just call us at 217-298-1452 and we'll do it al lover the phone so you won't have to mess with a computer. We hope to see you in one of our classes! Steve