An older guy like me, he was a nervous but very attentive and committed student. He was articulate, too, and was able to tell me he didn't understand what "drop the nose" meant because he didn't think he was dropping the nose. We talked. We also talked about the height at which the round-out and flare begin, the timing for applying backpressure and the recovery techniques for botched landings. Out in the airplane, things started to improve. Then one fine day I found that he was flying good patterns, smooth, stabilized approaches, rounding out at just the right altitude, timing his flare just right, holding the airplane off and touching down on the mains with the centerline right under the spinner. I was on cloud nine. Next time, I thought, might be solo time.