8 SUCCESSFUL TEST TIPS FOR A 1st TIME PASS
8 SUCCESSFUL TIPS FOR A 1st TIME PASS
Everyone wants to PASS 1st Time........
And There Is No Reason Why You Shouldn´t!!!
Here are 8 Super Successful Tips taken from 20 years of experience in preparing local students for a 1st time pass.
SUCCESS STEP 1.
Be Consistent With Your Driving Lessons.
Endeavour to take a weekly driving lesson. Those students that take regular driving lessons learn SO much faster than those that are irregular. If possible, commit to two-hour lessons and learn far faster.
One hour driving lessons WILL NOT give you the best value for your money. Taking two-hour lessons will greatly reduce the time it takes to be ready for your driving test. The reason being that you will build momentum as when a new subject is introduced, you will not only have time for it to be explained, but a decent amount of time to practice and develop while it´s fresh in your mind. Often on a one-hour lesson it can be frustrating for us both when time runs short just as you were getting to grips with the topic.
We offer 2 hour lessons that can be booked in advance as far as you like. We receive many calls each week from students frustrated that their instructor will only offer 1-hour lessons and will not book a regular lesson slot.
SUCCESS STEP 2.
Be Prepared For Your Lessons.
Being in the right frame of mind will give you the best value for your money.
Spending a few minutes thinking about your last lesson just prior to your driving instructor arriving will give you the right frame of mind and make sure that you are focused on the lesson ahead. Staying up half the night before or overindulging is probably not going to give you your best learning experience. Also actually being conscious, is definitaly a major plus!
SUCCESS STEP 3.
Your Driving Lessons Should Always Begin With A Recap Of Your Previous Lesson.
The recap phase at the beginning of your lesson is so important. We will be using client-centred learning and will have an interactive discussion with you to determine your frame of mind and also discuss what topics you would like to cover during your lesson.
Please don´t underestimate this very important point . We will be asking you questions at this stage to confirm your understanding of previous learning and to test your knowledge of the next subject. Your practical driving practice will be far less effective if you do not fully understand the theory of the subject and mistakes can be made through lack of knowledge and not just your practical skills.
SUCCESS STEP 4.
The Lesson Objective.
Possibly the most important element to your progress. Trust me, without a firm objective, your learning period will be greatly increased. It is absolutely vital that EVERY lesson has a definite objective. You must understand what will be covered in the current lesson and how it will move you forward towards your goal.
Without an objective, you will be aimlessly driving around, wasting both your time and hard-earned money.
At the beginning of your driving lesson and after you have agreed with your driving instructor what the lesson main objective is, it’s crucial that you are completely clear on the actions that are required to achieve that objective. Regular breaks during the lesson will be required to evaluate progress towards that objective with tweaks implemented as necessary.
SUCCESS STEP 5.
Your Driving Lessons Should Be Structured.
Your driving lessons should follow a structured path from very easy at the beginning and then increase in complexity as you progress.
We be encouraging you to develop by asking you relevant questions to check your understanding. This is a very important procedure as responsibility is gradually transferred to you. Generally speaking, driving lessons will have a talk through stage to ensure you are completing the objectives correctly with your driving instructor talking you through each element required.
The next stage will be prompted questions where will ask you in advance what you are going to do BEFORE you do it, so correction can take place if required. This is another important stage as you will now be taking some responsibility for your actions and control. The final stage is normally independent practice, this is where we will keep quiet (yeah!!) and let you drive unaided and practice what you have learnt. We will be ready to intervene if required, so don’t worry you will not be on your own.
SUCCESS STEP 6.
Summary Of Your Driving Lesson.
What you discuss at the end of your lesson, will compound the retention of that newly gained knowledge and understanding.
Think back to the objective that was agreed at the beginning of your driving lesson and discuss what actions were taken and whether progress was made. This is a great opportunity to evaluate your driving lesson and decide if your objective was achieved.
Objectives are not always achieved in full but what is very important at this stage is that you understand why Any misunderstanding or further practice can be carried forward to the next lesson as failure to do this will lead to frustration and a lack of confidence.
SUCCESS STEP 7.
Self-Evaluate, Be Confident And Be Ready.
Be honest with yourself! Are you still making mistakes during your driving lessons?
Many students fail their driving tests because they are not driving consistently before they go to test. Arriving for your practical driving test knowing that you are lacking in confidence due to inconsistent driving will just add to the anxiety and many will blame nerves “on the day” but in reality, its generally down to lack the of consistency in the build-up to test day.
Being able to drive during your lesson and making very few minor and no serious errors will make a massive difference to your confidence and this will be reflected during your driving test.
SUCCESS STEP 8.
Listen To The Advice Of Your Driving Instructor.
Your driving instructor should be highly trained and experienced t assessing when you are ready for your driving test, you are paying for professional advice – So it would be wise to listen to it.
You will know if you are still making mistakes and your instructor will be reluctant to take you to test on that basis. He/she will have been working with you and building rapport over a period of time and the last thing your instructor or you want is a test fail.
We will have a massive incentive to get you a 1st time pass as our reputation depends on a high pass rate and the drive home from a failed test is the worst feeling in the world.
Making sure we follow the structure mentioned above, adhere to the guidelines and there is no reason why your 1st driving test will be your only driving test.
If all driving instructors followed this guide, then the 1st time pass rate would probably be 80% + but the level of local tuition varies enormously, and unfortunately many instructors have just not kept up with modern teaching methods and the client-centred learning that the DVSA promotes.
Alex Durrant Driving School are a family run and local business that has been providing driving lessons to local students for twenty years. There are many reasons why we have grown to be one of the best driving schools in the area but without doubt the most important is our dedication to delivering the best experience possible, both in customer service and very high-test pass results.
This post focuses on just ONE aspect of your learning experience but there are several others that will determine how quickly you will learn and cover the syllabus, how much you will spend and whether you are maximizing your hard- earned money or just wasting your time and finances.
We recently checked through latest local customer reviews to determine why students chose us as their training provider and I have listed in order of importance below:
High 1st time pass rate
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Quality of teaching
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Please take a look through the numerous local customer reviews on this page along with the regular test passes and should you feel that we may be a good choice for your driving tuition, then you are most welcome to MESSAGE us to see if we are able to help you.
Alex and Karen are our customer services team and they will be delighted to answer any questions you may have and check on availability.
Thank you for your time and I wish you all the best as you embark on the journey to gaining your driving license and the independence that it will bring.