I would like to give you an insight into the types of milestones that I have experienced and how I felt about them and also how it helped towards the next milestone and which one I chose to achieve next. Don't forget that experienced ringers make it look easy but that they too have had to experience the trials and tribulations of the 'beginner ringer'.

Bell Handling:
This is so very important to get to grips with (sorry about the punn). The fundamentals of good ringing provides you with the ability to handle/control a bell well. Some bells are easier to ring than others - when they are difficult it is very important that you can control them and this will require you to visit the basic techniques of bell handling especially if you have got into some bad habits because your tower bells are more forgiving.
Rope Sight:
This is the skill which makes ringing much easier to master. It takes time to be good at this skill but it takes practice - always watch what the experienced ringers are doing, try to follow where the bells are placed - I always encourage beginners to try to follow bells even if they do not know the method - first practice suggestion is to see which way the observed bell is going - for example: is it going out to the back, when does it lead, .... etc.
Visiting other towers:
In the early stages of bell ringing it is extremely important to make a visit to different towers because each bell is different and this will further enhance your skill of handling all types of bells.
Rythm and Teamwork:
It is so important that all ringers are aware that two significant elements of achieving a high standard in ringing is rythm and teamwork. This should be emphasised by tutors. Tutors should provide the means or methods by which ringers are helped to understand the importance of these two aspects. Ringers should be encouraged to perform 'self monitoring' during their ringing at all times to ensure that they are in unison with their fellow ringers wether on four bells or sixteen. Ringing the bells, other than during periods of practice, is a public display of skill and teamwork. Poor ringing can only be tolerated if performed by an inexperienced band, though not for long. Guidance by more experienced ringers is important but the team must be willing to develop their abilities further together.
It may be that ringers, experienced or not, will require to be corrected by the conductor and this should not be an excuse to 'bully' a ringer but to encourage consistently skillful ringing by, perhaps, having to be more creative in their method(s) of teaching.
First Methods - Plain Hunt:
There is nothing wrong in ringing your first plain course method by numbers and not places - aided by "lead for two blows, hold up now after the three, follow the five" ... etc. This is normally allowed at Plain Hunt until you can ring on a bell with confidence and you start seeing the clues in the ringing that help you to keep 'right' which is being in the correct place whilst maintaining rythm at any one moment in the' circle of work'.
Once you have mastered one bell in Plain Hunt though then you can start to practice to understand the terminology that you will come across in the future, (i.e. at the back, lead next, place bell, coursing order, etc).
You can apply rules that you have learnt on one bell for another once you know what your starting place is.
If you ring Plain Hunt on less than 5 bells your bell control will have to be quite good to keep a steady rythm - for those who ring Plain Hunt on higher numbers of bells going to ring on Plain Bob minimus will show up any faults in your handling technique.
First Methods - Grandsire / Plain Bob Doubles:
After Plain Hunt most towers will take you onto either Plain Bob or Grandsire [doubles]. For those that have struggled with Plain Bob and Grandsire dodges I have tried teaching Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place where places are made where there are dodges in Plain Bob. This proved quite successful and as a consequence will use this technique again.
Calling / conducting a band:
Most ringers do not eagerly volunteer to 'call'. We all have start some where, but, start we can. Tower captains should encourage members of their tower to take charge of the ringing, or, perhaps even the practice night - starting with 'call changes', plain courses to familiar methods.