You pay good money for your driving lessons, so it's important that you get the most from them.
It takes time and effort to get to driving test standard and you want to give yourself the very best chance of success.
I work hard for my learners to keep them on track and make sure they have all the help and support they need.
I've been asked many times if there's anything that can be done for learners to help themselves to get the very best they can from their lessons.
Here are some tips to help you accelerate your learning and get to test standard quicker.
Know What The Lesson Is About
First and foremost you should know exactly what it is that you're trying to achieve on each driving lesson.
Sometimes the aim of the lesson may need to change due to road circumstances or because the lesson subject isn't appropriate for you on that day, but it's always better if you have an idea beforehand of what you'll be doing.
You can discuss with your instructor what your next lesson will concentrate on. If you know what you're driving lesson is going to be about you can prepare for it by reading relevant sections of the Highway Code and even using internet searches for articles on that subject.
The more you prepare the less time you'll need on your lesson to learn the basics and the more valuable practice you can get.
Make Notes Afterwards
This is something I do all the time. There are often things I need to remember about my time with my learners, to make sure they get the best from their lessons, so I make notes to remind me.
Get yourself a notebook and get into the habit of using it. As soon as your lesson is over, you can jot down what you did, how you felt, what you think you could do differently.
You can draw doodles of junctions or anything else you came across on the lesson. It's a highly personal and private thing, you don't need to show it to anyone, but many people really do find that it works for them.
Check your notes between lessons. What were the important points? Is there any area of knowledge you need to research?
Practice Between Lessons
Read the page on Practice Without A Car and see if you can get into the habits outlined.
Just a couple of minutes when you get time could help you enormously.
This is something that many learners ask about and is a routine that really can help you enormously. You can save money on driving lessons and you could even get to test standard faster if you routinely practice the physical movements of driving for just a few minutes a day.
It costs nothing, it takes very little effort or time and the benefits could be incredible, so what's to lose? Give it a go and see if it benefits you.
Set Goals And Aims
Some goals can be big and take time, others can be small and achievable very quickly.
It doesn't matter, simply thinking about them and what you want to do is a great help. If you decide to keep a notebook on your driving you can jot down your goals and assess when you've achieved them. Just trying to achieve them will take you a long way.
Think about what you want to achieve over the next 4 or 5 lessons. Assess yourself and think about where your driving standard is right now. Try to be completely honest with yourself.
Where would you like it to be in the next few weeks? Make your goals realistic and try to be specific. Instead of saying "I want to drive better" which is very vague, you could say "I want to be able to deal with roundabouts". It's still quite a wide subject involving many skills, but it's more specific than just "driving better".
Make sure your goal is something you can measure so you'll know when you've achieved it. In this example, you'll know you've achieved your goal when you can safely and properly deal with roundabouts.