Hello all, I'm a total noob when it comes driving manual. Been driving it a little bit on and off back in like 2004-2008 whenever my parents visited my grandparents and there's a stretch of the road for about 20 miles. But it was diesel (first gen Jetta, then Passat B3). So FiST is my first manual car ever sort to speak. I did quite a few "stallings" since I purchased it last week (mainly from traffic light uphill, usually I get lucky exiting freeway and pass it while the light is green). And quite often the start from the first gear is not smooth at all: the car jerks and shakes. What I have been able to deduce as problem is the clutch pedal engagement point is so high that I find myself lifting the heel of my foot off the floor. And that's why letting off the clutch happens a little bit quicker compare to when my heel is on the floor, there's a lot less "smoothness control". My coworker suggested adding a little gas first before I let off the clutch. It works and my starts have been a loooooot more smoother. I'm just worried whether I burn the clutch a bit by adding gas first and slowly releasing the clutch pedal, is it a bad move to start the car this way or not? The main question is: is my sitting position set incorrectly and that's why I happen to life my foot off the floor when the clutch engages? Or is it normal and I just need some time to get used to it? Welcome any advice, critique, and shaming too. Thanks.