If you recover quickly up high you will as well at the hop n pop altitude. I like the suggestion of getting someone to flash fingers as you exit. It gives you something to focus on as well as getting feed back from the person that was watching your exit. As a student I had a couple exits I thought were totally botched but my coach just hunched his shoulders and said there was nothing really wrong with them. You may be doing better than you think.
Also, on your hop n pop...It's going to feel like your chute is taking forever to deploy.. everything slows down when you have not reached terminal velocity. I thought I was having a mal for a few seconds on my beer hop n pop.