I am far smoother under breaking, and am using the brakes to control the bike, especially when coming up to lights and having to control my speed. My breaking distances have reduced considerably. No more jerking to a stop, then taking off. Saying that , my slow speed manoeuvring has improved, but there are still lapse's where I need to put a foot down , but completing it a few times normally results in success. The thing about rider training is it gives you the tools to work on your own riding, where as before the 'wing it' theory was my main form of education.
All in all the lots of skills are being slowly built into my riding. I still have a long way to go, yet at the same time I have come a long way from where I was.
In the spring I will go back and attend some more sessions. Lots more to learn and I want to make sure no bad habits are creeping into my riding. It is a long journey, but incredibly rewarding.
Something I learnt when I was learning guitar. I would practice stuff really hard, spend hours trying to master a technique or riff, my tutor said to me, after practising just play. Forget about trying to learn , just enjoy and play. What happens is those very skills you have been trying to master came naturally into my playing once I was relaxed and not trying so hard. I would just start having fun, yet I would be doing some of the stuff I had been trying so hard to master. To some degree this principle applies to riding a bike and acquiring new skills also. You work at some thing and after a while it becomes natural.