I have very little doubt that your classroom method would have worked for me a whole lot better than Koch ever did, but when I was wanting to learn Morse such classes were a thing of the previous century and on-line courses like the CWops Academy and LICW hadn't yet been started, so "teach yourself, somehow" was the only available alternative, and Koch was what I was pointed at. If anyone pointed any other way it was only to say "Don't do this, use Koch." As "this" was usually either something like "Code Quick" or EISH5 TMO0 type drilling starting at 5wpm, I have some sympathy with the "Don't do this" part of the statement, but it took me way too long to realise that there were possible alternatives to the "use Koch" part that might work better for me. ...but when you're trying to learn, you are putting in the time, and yet you don't see any positive results (as was my experience for something like two years, and which seems to have been the experience of the writer of the post at the top of this thread), then it's probably a good idea to find somewhere you can talk through what you're doing. That way you stand a chance, perhaps, of figuring out what to change in order to improve your chances. This thread's been pretty good in that respect, with a good proportion of the responses offering positive alternative ways to get past the roadblocks.