Chujybear- I think you are right about VCC, I had a similar experience at the Kootenay School.
Canadianwuff- I'm too much of a novice to even think about teaching, but you are welcome to visit my...
lay out and practice as much as you can. start at what youre already doing an work down to 1mm.
inside rings.... I only do script lettering. its less frustrating.