A question that is common for those starting to think about learning to drive. When learning any complex skill a professional should always be sort, and in the case of driving this should be a priority. Good skills laid down in the beginning will make you a much better and safer driver. Driving is a health hazard, bad driving can be terminal: a good driver trainer will help you gain essential skills and teach you defensive driving techniques. So, a suggested strategy would be, start with an instructor, then come back to them half way through your training, and then again come back towards the end to finish off, and go with the instructor for the driving test.