6. One thing at a time.
I cannot emphasize this enough. As a beginner, there is so much to focus on, and having someone barking orders one after another does not help—it’s overwhelming and frustrating. You might not feel like you’re “barking orders,” but to the student, that’s what it can sound like.
Don’t over-explain things like body positioning or what the wheels are doing. Some things need to be felt, not explained. Let them feel it out and get comfortable for a while, then point out ONE thing at a time. Focus on seating position or standing up over bumps. But not both. One at a time, then move onto the next thing. Teaching one step at a time is not only easier, but will also give your beginner the feeling of accomplishment. They are more likely to see the step-by-step progress and not feel like they are being overwhelmed with criticism.