The recently formed thread "Once a month privates worth it?" got me to thinking about private lessons for BJJ which I have never participated in before and have decided to do in the near future. According to the professor that is offering them, it is better to find a partner for two reasons: 1. Split the cost 2. I can actually watch him demonstrate moves as opposed to simply "feeling" them without being able to see them I am not terribly concerned with the cost (or splitting it) since I am solely interested/focused on improving my shitty game: I am a low white belt. Some questions I have: A. Would private lessons be worth it for such a beginner that has EVERYTHING to improve upon? I ask this because I've heard that it's smart to focus on 1 aspect of the game to improve per private lesson. In my case, I wouldn't know what to focus on or where to begin! B. Is reason 2, above, universally agreed upon? Would you agree that having a partner during a private lesson is better than a strictly one-on-one session with the instructor? For obvious reasons, I would like the best option to help improve my game. C. If having a partner truly is the way to go, would it be best to find a partner that is similar to my level (low white belt)? How about partnering up with a blue belt? D. Is it better to schedule the private lesson right before the regular class time? OR, on a completely separate day or time from the regular class? E. What kind of format should I expect in a private lesson? I would be really shocked to find that we spend a portion of the hour (or however long the private will be) warming up. Would he roll with me (or watch me roll), first, to look for things to improve? I'm sure I can count on the expert advice of you guys for the questions above. Thank you very much, in advance, for your time.