Your attitude and approach to your pupil will affect how well they learn. Instructors need to be approachable, drivers should not be afraid of asking questions.
Knowledge of the subject is key as this promotes confidence, not only in yourself, but the driver who will also be inspired by your confidence.
You should have enthusiasm for the subject that is being taught and a will for your learner to succeed, as well as the ability to motivate, stimulate and maintain interest. You will need to be honest, conscientious and fair in your judgement of the learner.
You should be organised, resourceful, persistent, but above all have a sense of humour, lessons should be fun, leave your driver wanting more, but do not be a wise cracking joker, be a professional instructor and stick to being friendly and relaxed until you get to know the pupil.
In the Part 3 test 'Attitude and Approach' will be dealt with as an overall assessment, but the picture will be built up by taking regard of the following items:
Articulate: The presentation of information in an easily understood, non-confusing manner that is not needlessly repetitive or lost in wordiness.
Enthusiastic: Enthusiasm is demonstrated where the instructor never misses an opportunity to give additional guidance, however not to the point of over-controlling the driver. It is also shown when the instructor takes a keen interest in all that takes place during the lesson.
Friendly: An easy friendly relaxed manner, outgoing but not over-familiar. Creating a good rapport with the driver.
Patient: The patient instructor is prepared to repeat a sequence of instruction over and over again when necessary, without criticising the driver’s ability to master a particular skill.
Confidence: The instructor should be self-confident and capable of transmitting confidence to the driver.
'The way you relate to your pupil affects the way they learn. Your pupil will not learn if they feel judged by you.'
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