ADI Part 3 - The Key to Success

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The Keys to Success

"The most important skill to display on your Part 3 test are the Core Competencies . . . fault identification, fault analysis and remedial action. Our Part 3 recovery courses place a very heavy emphasis on understanding just how to use them!"
Dave Hartley Grade 6 ADI Trainer

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The Key to Success

The key to part 3 success are the sub skills of good instructionDisplaying the sub skills of good instruction and having the flexibility to use them in all situations is the key to success in part 3.

There are no simple 'formulas' or secrets to success, but you do need to look out for the many life lines the SE may throw at you!

Try to ensure that your training develops these areas thoroughly. So much ADI training is based on nothing but repeating the pre set tests over and over again.

This is very often a complete waste of time.

Whichever pst you have to deliver, the SE can role play any one of a number of different characters. They can be negative and withdrawn, or knowledgeable and testing. They can throw in as many or as few faults as they like. They can argue with you, or they can agree with you.

The same SE could assess your abilities by getting you to teach them 'turn in the road' in the morning, then do exactly the same pst in the afternoon with a completely different character and driving faults, making the test a totally different experience.

And that's exactly what it will be like with your learners! They are all different human beings, and they react in different ways. Even the same learner can react differently from one lesson to the next.

For all these reasons, and many many more, simply memorising the pre set tests is utterly pointless and will not, under any circumstances, ensure your success at part 3.

I'd like to introduce you to PST Street. There are 10 very nice houses on PST street, each with their own characteristics and all of them decorated entirely differently

PST street

The houses on PST Street are numbered (you guessed it!) from PST 1 to PST 10, and each of these houses gets a visit now and again from an SE and a trainee on a part 3 test.

Any builder will tell you that a house has to be built on firm foundations, or it all starts to crumble and fall down after a short while. With most houses, the foundations are made from concrete, which is a mixture of sand, cement, gravel and water.

PST Street has to be built on very firm foundations too, otherwise it just might start to fall down. The only difference is that the foundations for PST Street are made from a mixture of the core competencies and instructional techniques.

This mixture of a range of skills holds up every single house on PST Street.

In fact, these same foundations just be the base for every single driving lesson you ever give, throughout your future career.

A builder will tell you that the foundations are the most important part of any building. With weak foundations, any building is doomed. The foundations are the first thing that have to be completed, and they have to be allowed to set firmly in place, before any other part of the building can even be started.

PST street is exactly the same.

Every single one of the 'houses' on PST Street is held up and supported by the underlying foundations. The strength of the foundations reaches into every single part of every single house on PST Street. So much so, that the houses themselves are actually quite insignificant when we consider just how important the foundations are.

The big secret is to be flexible with the foundation skills, and to use them in every area of the test. If you constantly display the sub skills you will have little difficulty with part 3.

Your use of the sub skills starts immediately that the test does. You need to display them in the briefing, throughout the developmental phase of the lesson, and in the recap at the end. On part 3 it's very likely that you won't get the chance for a recap. No need to worry about this

The PST's with weak foundations

The image above shows what PST Street looks like through the eyes of an SE when the sub skill foundations are weak. The trainee struggles hard to keep above ground level, while the SE tests further and further, exposing any weaknesses.

Make sure that your foundations aren't weak, and you'll have very little trouble with the SE or part 3.

The DSA's slogan is 'safe driving for life', not 'safe driving for a 30 minute test'.

The slogan to pass part 3 could be 'learn the skills of good instruction for life, don't just hope to scrape through a test'. Yet it's remarkably common for trainees to have no other training than memorising the pst's.

You need to develop the ability to use the sub skills in all circumstances, in all of the pst's and with all of the characters and faults that the SE can throw at you.

I can only speak from the experiences we have had with trainees who had previously been elsewhere for their training. We regularly have trainees who thought that they 'would never do it' making dramatic progress when they are actually trained to be good instructors, rather than simply aiming to scrape through a test.

All our instructor training courses are designed and structured to give you the skills to see you through . . . not just on part 3, but in your future life as an instructor.

Think about what the SE wants to see to ensure your success. Think about the skills you need to display and how you'll display them. We wish you every success in your part 3!

ADIT Team

 

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