Also, it’s one thing to teach a concept, but it’s another for the student to put it into practice. In the teaching segment, stating what the rules are is not enough. We aim at showing how and when things are done properly- with the aid of teaching moments, where we capture on video everyday drivers on the road.
We then have a discussion with the students about what they have seen and the potential consequences of the other driver’s actions may be.
Furthermore, other factors come into play such as; how people learn and the factors that affect a person’s ability to learn.
Our driving instructors are familiar with these different aspects when coaching new drivers. They are:
We ask non-intrusive questions to help build rapport with our students early on. Our questions range from asking the student why he or she is interested in obtaining their driver’s licence and whether or not they plan on buying a vehicle of their own in the near future.
By asking these types of questions we not only show a genuine interest in their goals and but we also set the tone for a welcoming environment where students can feel free to ask any questions that they may have.
It also helps students remember why they are taking lessons in the first place, and as a result they too may become more committed to the learning process.
This is the stage of ignorance before learning begins. At this stage, the learner is likely very inexperienced and is unaware of this fact. As a result, he or she may display a false sense of over-confidence.
This is the most difficult stage and also where the real learning begins. The learner realizes what they don’t know and works towards attaining the right skill set. At this point, a lot of mistakes may be made, but that is indicative of the learning process.
This stage of learning is exciting for most people because they now realize how much they have learned, and there is a revamp of the learners’ confidence in their own ability at this stage.
This is the last stage of learning when the skill has become a natural part of the learner, at this point; you no longer have to think about every little thing you do while driving. The individual has become a safe and confident driver at this stage.
Rote learning: This is the traditional approach to learning which does not necessarily involve understanding. It only requires memorizing formulas, list, facts, etc. Many driving skills if learned by rote become instinctive and do not hinder the driver's observation and perpetual skills.
Gestalt Learning: this is a progressive approach to learning that entails understanding a concept or activity. It’s learning through recognizing or making connections between previously established principles. It is an essential factor in the development of road craft.
Tactile learners are the practical learners. They prefer a hands-on approach to learning. They learn best on the field where they have to put things into practice.
Auditory learners are good listeners, and they learn through listening. For them, written information will provide little knowledge until it's heard.
Visual learners learn by seeing. They prefer seeing pictures and sketches. They usually sit in front of the class because they need to see the instructor's body language.
First of all, they must be willing to improve and to recognize their strengths and weaknesses they also need a conducive environment, assistance from someone who is interested and skilled, and they should always have the opportunity to try out new ideas.
There are many barriers which cause communication problems, and they are; Stereotyping, a difference in perception, lack of interest, jumping to a conclusion, difficulty with self-expression on the part of the instructor, emotions, personality, and lack of knowledge.
"Notice how we are deliberately substituting the word instructor with coach or mentor?"
That is because they are different from one another. Whereas one can turn a person off from wanting to learn at all, the other encourages learning by giving pointers on how it can be done better and by encouraging conversation.
This is a 3 step method of constructive criticism. First, you compliment the learner for what he does well, then you then you address his shortcomings, and you compliment him again. Compliment- criticize- compliment. You are sandwiching the constructive criticism with nice compliments.