Teaching and learning strategies
You need to be able to show you can teach your pupil in a style that’s suited for them. This means using methods that work best for them. For example, when giving verbal directions, your pupil might find it easier if you referred to left and right as ‘my side’ or ‘your side’.
It’s important you give your pupil appropriate and timely feedback rather than giving it all at the end of the lesson. Having regular discussions throughout the lesson helps your pupil understand what they might have done wrong.
You should encourage your pupil to analyse problems and take responsibility for their own learning. For example, if your pupil forgot to check their blind spot before pulling out, you might:
- ask them if they know what they did wrong
- explain why they need to make sure they check their blind spots next time
Another area instructors commonly fail on is not giving pupils enough feedback on any potentially dangerous situations.
As well as providing your pupil with timely and appropriate feedback, it’s important that if they make any serious or dangerous faults they know what they’ve done and why it’s dangerous.
It’s up to you to make sure they understand this, so they don’t make the same mistake again.
At the end of the test
At the end of the standards check your examiner will give you feedback about any areas where you need to develop. You can refer to the national standard for driver and rider training to help you understand what you could be doing differently.
If you fail the standards check, the examiner will recommend that you seek further development from an instructor trainer.