Until a few weeks ago, I had never personally experienced one-on-one lessons or coaching. As a kid, I played a lot of sports and suffered through a brief stint with the clarinet, but these were all group learning scenarios. Even when I struggled to pass my math tests in high school, I never saw a tutor; I created my own quizzes based on the textbooks, then took these quizzes over and over until I started getting the answers right.
As a self-motivated learner, I have never needed the individualized attention of a tutor or coach in order to improve myself, or so I thought. Then I bought a banjo.