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I had three lessons with Lawrence over the course of the year. Each time, he made sure to teach me what I didn't already know and used our time efficiently. Still, he was very comprehensive, as I didn't encounter anything in the test that Lawrence hadn't covered. Friendly, easy to work with, and informative.
I was pleasantly surprised about my experience because it was not stressful to be behind the wheel. The lessons were very informative and he made sure to educate on everything that would be tested on in the actual driving test. I didn't feel like I was under taught any skills. We worked on everything, making sure that I was sufficient before I had to move onto anything new.
I obtained my driver’s license a few years ago in the state of Pennsylvania and drove for 2 months (easy 2-mile commute from home to school in a suburb). After moving to San Francisco in 2011 I never touched a car again. Recently, I decided to pick up driving and I looked for a driving instructor. I found Lawrence on yelp and this website and wanted to give a try. He is indeed very experienced and as other people say, very easy going. With him sitting next to me, I was not nervous at all. Before we started the lesson, he explained very well how to proceed to different kinds of stop sighs. He gave very clear instructions when I was operating. He showed me how to start on a hill and taught me parking again in parking lot upon my request. He brought me to the freeway (and we went from SF to Polo Alto) for the first time and practiced merging, changing lanes, and getting off freeway. He also taught me proper way of making a U-turn. All very helpful and gave me a lot of confidence to sit behind the wheel again.
Lawrence did an exceptional job in teaching me everything I had to know, and more, to pass the driving test on my first try. He is incredibly thorough and patient with his instruction, and very detailed on proper driving technique. His teaching and practice style made sure that I became super familiar with everything I learned, and he makes sure his students always feel comfortable and never too apprehensive for their first driving experience. I would definitely recommend him to everyone!
The first lesson I had with Lawrence, he threw me out into the road. Now I know that sounds dangerous and scary, but his confidence in my ability to drive without having been in a car with me before made ME confident in my driving abilities. He is extremely patient and always reminds you about checking your mirrors, hitting the brakes at the right time, your right of way, etc. He teaches from the handbook, which makes his lessons very thorough. Lawrence's discussions about life and driving are what make his lessons fun as well. 10 out of 10 would highly recommend!
Mr. Lawrence is an excellent instructor who did a great job training me to be a safe, defensive driver. In my three lessons with him, Lawrence put special emphasis on teaching me not just the essential techniques, but also the little details that turn an adequate driver into a great one. Every training, he reviewed the concepts from the last lesson, in order to make sure those lessons were really embedded in me. My favorite aspect of his training was his thoroughness. Mr. Lawrence didn't just stop at the basic techniques needed for the driving test. Instead, he went beyond to teach me parking, slopes, and freeway driving. His ability to help students both master the required skills, as well as go above and beyond that to learn other important driving practices, is a testament to his many years of experience. I really appreciated his teaching style, which gave me both confidence and healthy caution as I was learning to drive. He is passionate for teaching students to be safe drivers, and it was really great to get to know Mr. Lawrence as a person. Without a doubt, I would recommend my friends to learn driving from Mr. Lawrence.
Lawrence came highly recommended by several friends. He taught my son to drive a couple of years ago. He helped my son get a DVM appointment right away and passed his test the first time. Now that my daughter has her permit, we called Lawrence right away. Since she has taken lessons with him, her confidence has improved and it's been less stressful for me when I take her driving. My daughter's test is still a few months away but I'm positive that she will pass the first time. Thanks Lawrence for helping both my kids learn to drive.
A friend who was very satisfied with Lawrence's driving classes, recommended him to me. I must say that I too am very happy that I took lessons from him. Lawrence is a thorough professional and gave me great inputs and training for good and safe driving in US. He is a friendly guy and does not let you become nervous when at the wheel. Points out shortcomings and works hard to make sure that you overcome those. He was always very punctual with my training schedule. His car is very well maintained and absolutely neat and clean. I have a license today and thank him for that. I wish him great success.
Lawrence is unbelievably mellow and patient. I was so nervous for my first lesson that I probably hit the curb more times than I can count, but not once was I yelled at or reprimanded. Lawrence's way of teaching is stress-free, and he is always punctual and professional. It was a great experience overall, and I really recommend him. Thanks to Lawrence, I was able to pass the driving test on my first try!
Lawrence is a very kind teacher. Before the first driving test, he guided me around the DMV showing what I should look out for. Even though I failed the my first driving test, he told me not to give up and cheered me on. Lawrence was kind enough to schedule another appointment for me. Before the second driving test he brought me around the DMV again so I could get more practice in. When we were waiting in line for the tester to come, he even gave tips to the lady waiting next to me on what to do and what not to do. In the end I passed all because of Lawrence's help, encouragement, and kindness.
It is really hard to find “trained" instructors in San Francisco (harder to find someone who can be a good fit for your learning style). After trying one or two instructors (English can often be an issue), I spotted Lawrence Liu on internet. I remember the first day when Lawrence came to teach me. He was there 10 minutes early (and always, my cell phone used to beep with his text right when it was 10 minutes to go)! With a sporty appearance he aired an impression of an athletic coach ready to teach you how to run a marathon. Indeed, I could never realize driving could be so much of fun, relaxing, and a liberating experience had I not trained with Lawrence. Fifteen years of professional experience with more than five hundred students does put him in a different league.Excellent english, cool temperament, disciplined approach to driving, clear and coherent advice — those are his hallmarks! His specific guidance would help you understand the traffic pattern and geographical conditions in the neighboring localities of your test center. He prepares you for the exam without beating around the bush (and without stretching the training unduly long). However, Lawrence also remains extremely liberal (and careful) to let you make mistakes (I did, embarrassingly, many times), learn from them, correct them, and laughs heartily to take the serious air out. When the teacher takes the fear of failure out of his/her teaching, the learning becomes joyful and invigorating. It goes without saying that I started seeing driving as a means of self-improvement while training with Lawrence.What makes Lawrence stand out is that he is dedicated. I say this because on the exam day he seemed more excited than me when I passed, yet he did not forget to look at my score cards to see where I went wrong. He listened to me carefully about the evaluations my Examiner made. He said he needed them for training the next students. See, he instills this same spirit of continuous improvement in you as well.In the end I shall share what I believe fetched me success. The first is that you need to learn actively (track the mistakes over time and try reducing the list). The second is that you need to choose the instructor who could be a great fit for your learning style. I trained with Lawrence just for one and half month; I improved quickly because he recognized my learning style and let me learn that way. That’s all. Good luck!
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Lawrence is a wonderful instructor! He's very friendly and makes you feel very safe when you first start out driving. During every lesson, he went over the route of the actual driving test so that by the time the real test came around, I memorized the route and the things to take mind of. Overall, he's a great teacher and I highly recommend!
Laurence was a great and easy going instructor, which eased my worries as a driver with little prior experience. He was very accommodating for when and where to meet up. The lessons were highly informative and prepared me for my driving exam. Passed on my first try! I highly recommend taking lessons from him.
Lawrence was an awesome instructor! He was very good at explaining what I needed to do and helping me learn the basics. He even went through the whole license test with me. Overall, a great experience! I recommend him to all my friends.
Lawrence is a great instructor. Not only is he knowledgeable but also very patient. A lot of the instructor now a days are hard to come by.
The first time, I was driving with Lawrence, I was nervous at first but he help me feel at ease with each lessons I took. And he makes sure you feel safe/comfortable with what your doing. Lawrence is such a funny guy and he was very patient with me even though I was making some mistakes. I totally recommend his lessons because I passed my driving test on my first try. Now I got my license.!!!!!!!!
The three total lessons I had with Lawrence were great; nice guy, polite, and tells you what should become a habit when driving. He is very patient with everything and flexible with time. Half way through the second lesson, he asked what I felt comfortable with and what I were my faults, so he is always willing to help your needs. He was very easy to get a hold of, via phone or text, told me to ask him any other questions if I had any after the three lessons, and said that I could have a fourth lesson, if so desired. Overall, I would highly recommend Lawrence to a friend or family member trying to get their license.
After taking two lessons with Lawrence, I learned a lot more about what is covered on the driving test, and things I needed to practice beforehand. He also was very knowledgeable on the different routes that they take you for the driving test, and I was able to practice on these roads beforehand. I was able to pass my test without any issues thanks to Lawrence's guidance, and I would highly recommend his help if you are a beginner driver, or need more practice before getting your license.
The first time I saw Lawrence, i thought he was really cool haha. Not only was he cool but he really helped me with my driving. After my first lesson, I was able to drive a few months before scheduling my next one. Finally, after my third and final lesson with him, I was able to pass my driving test my first try. Thanks to him, I am not licensed and prepared for the road :D. I'd recommend him to anyone that is looking for a stress free driving experience with an instructor.