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Tailoring Lessons To A Student’s Learning Style


Here at Nayland Driving School, we are aware that not all learners have the same learning style. Because of this, our driving instructors are trained to deal with these various learning styles. We don’t deliver a ‘one size fits all’ lesson, instead we work with students on an individual basis to help them get the most out of each driving lesson.

For example, if you were to get a brand new mobile phone. Once you took it out the pack, what would be the first thing you do? Maybe you would read the instructions, watch tutorials online or put it all together and learn more about it by playing with all the features?

All of us would approach this situation in a different way; this is because we all have different learning styles. Our driving instructors are trained to teach driving lessons to a learners preferred learning style, not the instructors preferred teaching style.


If you are wondering what your learning style is, we would recommend checking out VARK and filling out a questionnaire that will suggest the best learning strategies for you. VARK recognises that, as learners, we all prefer to learn in different ways.

To find out your suggested learning style, simply fill out the questionnaire by choosing the answer to the question that best explains your preference. You can click more than one answer if there is more than one answer that matches what you would do in that situation. Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will be given your results of either Visual, Auditory, Reading and writing or Kinaesthetic!

Visual learner drivers

For visual learner drivers, we use teaching aids often referred to as ‘colour files’. This is normally in book form but some instructors have tablet forms. These teaching aids allow the driving instructor to visually show the pupil what it is that they’re trying to achieve. We often refer to this as a briefing, where the driving instructor will use these visual aids to give a 5-10 minute explanation on the task before starting to do the practical exercise.

Auditory learner drivers

If you are very good at remembering what someone has said, Auditory may well be your preferred learning style. This may mean that you will benefit from your driving instructor giving you a full talk through, taking in the information as you are doing the task set. It might also mean that you are able to take in the information whilst driving. Whereas other learners may benefit from being parked up at the side of the road using the visual aids mentioned.

Reading and writing learners

If you are someone who enjoys reading and writing, your driving instructor might recommend some information to read up on either to recap on the lesson you’ve just done, or to prepare yourself for your following lesson next week. They may recommend books such as Driving: The Essential Skills or the Highway Code. They will also offer you the opportunity to make notes once you are pulled up at the side of the road if this will help you to learn better.

Kinaesthetic learners

Kinaesthetic learners learn more through doing practical exercise and learning from their mistakes. So, for these type of learners, if you’re practising a parking exercise and make a mistake, providing it’s safe to do so, your instructor may give you some space to learn from your mistakes using trial and error to help you solve the problem, rather than giving you a talk through.

So whatever your preferred learning style is, your Nayland Driving School driving instructor will work with you to achieve your goals.

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Take the VARK test today to find out what your preferred learning style is! We’ve also got lots more helpful blog posts on how a driving test works and the difference between manual and automatic driving lessons, so be sure to check those out!

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I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke