Activists dislike too much theory and prefer practical tasks. They will learn best from activities where:
Theorists prefer to have something to take away and study such as handouts. They will learn best from activities where:
Reflectors like to have lots of breaks where they can go away and read and discuss what they are learning. They will learn best from activities where:
Pragmatists like to know of any tips and tricks as well as any shortcuts they can take. They will learn best from activities where:
By being aware of the different styles and having an understanding about each of them, you should be able to appreciate the difference in the way pupils approach and tackle tasks needed to learn to drive and improve their driving.
We have discovered that trainers too have their own preferred way of learning and so by being aware of this, you might consider getting your pupils to complete a learning styles quiz before their first lesson.
The safest and quickest way would be to email it to them ahead of the first lesson and ask that they email their answers back to you. People that are currently in, or have been in education over the last few years are most likely to already be familiar with learning styles and questionnaires such as these.
As you now have awareness and knowledge about some of the different learning styles, see if you can think about these when you go about your day and work through daily tasks. You might be aware that you tend to favour a particular way of approaching a task and the idea of another way of achieving the same task just doesn’t make any sense to you. You might become more aware of your pupils preferences too.
It might help to list a few tasks that you complete on a typical day, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a working day and think how you approach and complete each task to see if you can identify with any of the learning styles we have looked at.