You are now alert and keen at the start of your training with a readiness to follow instructions and practice in your eager anticipation of the next bit. Too often your initial desire does not have the impetus or strength to keep your full interest and attention throughout your training and, the whole course of your learning.
The setting of intermediate and easily attainable targets (short-term goals) will help to reinforce your progress and give me ‘feed-back’. To maintain your high level of performance and learning you will be rewarded and encouraged to greater and, even further achievement.
These Stages of Tuition are six flexible, self-contained and progressive modules of intermediate goals which can help to overcome these problems and more efficient learning.
These Stages will help to organise a sometimes haphazard learning situation and help to prevent you being thrown-in at the ‘deep-end’ before you can swim, nor will the intermediate Stages be as formidable to you as your far-away Driving Test. Stages will help you to make a more accurate estimate of your own progress and to make more useful comparisons with other learners.
To make these comparisons more valid, these Stages are intended to be complete ‘modules of learning’ as well as intermediate goals.
Naturally these Stages form a logical progression based from what you know to the unknown, from simple to complex and fulfil many other requirements of the psychology of learning and general well-being, but they are in no way intended to relieve me, your Instructor, from using initiative and judgement in deciding what is most suitable for you.
Allowing for human error, these Stages are as technically correct as possible and soundly based on good teaching and learning principles.
It is difficult to suit all of the people all of the time but, within certain defined limits, these Stages are flexible enough to suit your needs most of the time. As I’ve already suggested, a module of learning is a self contained unit which is, in itself, complete. For example the manoeuvring exercises are, in themselves, complete, and could be taught in total isolation and independently from the other driving skills.
Control skills could be taught separately from theoretical knowledge of the Highway Code. However, in driving terms it is questionable whether this is practical, desirable or acceptable. Hence the Stages are progressive and overlapping modules.