ADI Part 3 - Visual Aids

Visual Aids - What Can You Take On The Test? What Can You Use?

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Visual Aids

use visual aids effectively, and your instruction will be far more productive for your learnersThere are a staggering variety of driving instructor visual aids on the market. You can purchase folders full of diagrams for a few pounds, or you can buy complete briefing notes with illustrations at greater expense.

Visual aids will come in very useful for you, both in your part 3 test and your future career. A well produced image can say far more than any detailed description ever could.

No doubt your trainer will advise you, but if you need any further assistance, this page will tell you what you can use, and also advise you on how to use them . . .

What can I use?

The simple answer to this one is . . . treat your part 3 test exactly as you would a normal driving lesson, and treat the SE exactly as you would a real learner.

Almost everyone learns faster via their visual senses. There are a couple of old sayings - 'a picture paints a thousand words', so use one! . . . and 'I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand'

Using visual aids can dramatically help your learners to remember, getting on with the practical skills of driving will help them to understand. So visual aids are very important indeed in the teaching and learning environment.

I feel that an important question to ask yourself is "do I need to use my diagrams as a learning aid for my pupil, or as a teaching aid for me?!"

For part 3, the answer is a both . . . probably far more of the latter! So, it's a good idea to use a visual aid that has diagrams which prompt you to mention the most important areas of the briefing to the SE, but remember that there is no need to go into far too much detail in the hope of 'getting everything in'.

Using briefing aids in the carThe most useful visual aids to me are the ones that have a large, colourful diagram that I can point to, and a list of bullet points of the major skills relating to that particular lesson.

Notice how I said "to me" in the paragraph above. That's because the perfect set of teaching and learning aids to you may be entirely different. This is a very important point, as we are often asked which visual aids should a trainee buy . . . which set are the 'definitive' visual aids for part 3.

The simple fact is that there is no definitive set of visual aids. The set that you personally like using the best is the definitive set for you. Simple as that. That's why a great many trainees make their own using Microsoft word or photoshop software on a personal computer.

Now, remember how I said that for part 3 your visual aids will be far more of a teaching aid for you than they will be a learning aid for the SE?

Well, that's because the SE will truly not care less what you use in the part 3 briefing!

The SE is not, under any circumstances, assessing your performance in the part 3 test on the visual aids you use for the briefing. The briefing itself is of such little importance to part 3 that it really doesn't matter what aids you use. So long as your aids work for you - they'll be absolutely fine.

A common theme of this site is that on part 3 the SE is assessing your sub skills of good instruction. You can display these in the briefing, and that is what the SE is looking for to ensure your success.

books and information on part 3You can use the most expensive diagrams in the world, but if you don't have the necessary skills you will not pass. Conversely, if you do have all of the required skills and attend for your test with a very small, cheap set of diagrams, the SE will be perfectly happy and you can look forward to success.

Just a final note on this . . . I had a conversation with an SE in the north of England about the use of visual aids, and his comment was "I'd be perfectly happy if trainees turned up with a blank piece of paper and a pencil to draw a junction with, so long as they have the right teaching skills".

I'm not suggesting that you turn up with a blank piece of paper, as most of us need something to remind us what to say in stressful situations, but I think this may give you the idea.

Other aids that trainees use are 'prompt cards'. These are very useful and can remind you of the details you may otherwise forget. Again, you can buy these, but you can make your own quickly and easily if you wish.

Some trainees also make good use of the 'reversing demonstrator' systems available from suppliers. These can be very useful if you struggle with your verbal explanations of what is required.

A simple round tray can also be worth taking along, to help you visually demonstrate 'pull push' steering, or exactly what you mean by 'half a turn' or a 'full turn'. You can buy false steering wheels that hang on top of the real steering wheel to allow your learner to practice. These are great for real learners, but I feel they are a little elaborate for the part 3. You probably won't get the time to use them to good effect.

How do I use them?

How you use you visual aids can have a dramatic impact on your success at part 3, whereas what you use is of relatively little importance.

Use your communication skills in the briefingsIf you were learning to drive and your instructor sat next to you for 10 minutes, staring at a book with pictures and words, simply reading out what you should do from a pre written script . . . how would you feel?

How do you think the SE will feel if you do that on your part 3? Not very happy is the answer!

If the SE has the slightest suspicion that you are simply reading from a memorised, pre prepared script, he or she will more than likely ask you very carefully structured questions to take you away from your intended course of action. The SE wants you to be an instructor - not a parrot.

Use your aids to remind yourself, not to read from verbatim.

One of the most practical arrangements, is to have the diagram on the right side of the page and the written bullet point prompts on the left side of the page. That way, you can draw the SE's attention to your diagrams by pointing at certain areas, whilst you take a sneaky peek at the next bullet point to remind you of what to cover next!

Always try to give the impression that the diagrams are for the learners benefit rather than your own, even though in reality we know different.

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