If you are confident then you will be in control. Confidence comes from knowledge and understanding.
The control of the lesson will stem from your initial meeting, first impressions are important, be professional and presentable.
Your briefing will set the tone for the whole session, an inadequate briefing and the use of ambiguous phrases can easily lead to confusion and conflict.
Be aware that complex instructions on the move can prove difficult for the driver to interpret and understand. Learners often find it difficult to focus on more than one thing at a time. Complicated instructions will require you to ask the driver to pull over and park somewhere safe and convenient so that you can clarify exactly what you mean and then find out if the driver understands what your instruction requires.
You will need to be assertive where necessary, use discussion to overcome any barriers. The purpose of discussion is to examine a problem so that you can find out information that will lead you to solve the problem when things are not going well. Constructive discussion enables you to listen and talk through the problem so that you find a workable solution together.
The examiner will try to test your control of lesson and many clients do as well. You may need to be quite assertive but also remain calm and relaxed at the same time. If any action seems extreme or dangerous stop it immediately do not let it develop you are on a public highway and have a duty to keep your vehicle and other road users safe at all times.
Confidence is the key to staying in control of the lesson, you are the expert, you have spent a considerable amount of time and money preparing for your Part 3 test, do not let yourself down by being intimidated. Stand by your decisions (as long as they are correct). Do not fail and then say, “I knew I could have done better” or “I was unsure of the correct information”.
You have plenty of time now to rehearse your briefings and practise your instructions, plan your lessons so that you are confident that whatever subject the examiner presents on the day, you will be able to give your best. Practice visualising taking control and how you will remain calm.
'Remember that confidence is the key to staying in control of the lesson.'
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