Feedback and Encouragement will help you pass your part 3 test and is necessary for all pre-set tests
Feedback and encouragement are continuous. Feedback needs to be given immediately, as delay allows the recollection of the incident to fade. Whenever a fault is identified the instructor should investigate and analyse why the fault occurred and then give remedial advice on how to take positive action to avoid the fault being repeated. This will often need to be done at the side of the road so as not to distract the driver from the task in hand.
Feedback also needs to come from the driver themselves, this should often be done first to give you an insight into what the driver was thinking or feeling at the moment the fault occurred. This requires you to listen to what the driver is saying. Often just repeating back their words will help them solve a problem.?
Be positive at all times, encourage your driver in their activity, have an enthusiasm for the subject that you are teaching, show the driver that you want them to do well. Be honest with the driver tell them when they have done well, explain how they could do something better if they are not succeeding.
Remember to provide feedback and encouragement to the driver relating to their performance, give praise, confirmation and reinforcement for their effort, progress and achievement. Encouraging the learner is part of any teaching skill. The driver needs to know when they have done something well.
Gain feedback from the pupil first and when you give yours make sure that it is honest, positive and specific to the learning outcomes. This will keep the feedback limited to the subject and about what they personally have done, including their successes. So often feedback is negative and demoralising, use words like areas of development or, how you can improve.
'When giving feedback focus on the positives as well as the areas that need improving.'
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