Progressing from lessons to playing in a formal duplicate session is not easy for some people. Mostly the pace of play is faster than you are used to and you have less time to think during the bidding. I am always pleased when I meet my previous learners and hear that they are playing regularly. Often their own social circle has expanded to include a weekly "kitchen bridge" session. By the way, I don't approve of the term kitchen bridge as it is often used as a derisory term by people who think they are serious players! In reality there are players of all standards in a Bridge Club and I believe that Bridge should be enjoyed at all levels. If you have had lessons and not found somewhere to play, do get in touch with me. It would be sad to see all that hard work you put into learning go to waste. Equally, if you now play at a regular venue and can recommend it to newcomers I will be happy to share it.
As well as being a Bridge Teacher I have been a Training Manager, an Air Stewardess, I have hiked down the Grand Canyon and held a live "carpet" python.