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#1 28-03-07 17:29:10

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What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

I think the thing that has surprised me the most over the years is the amount of pupils that have problems with steering. When I learnt to drive I don't ever remember this being a problem. When I first became an ADI I really was shocked at how poorly some people steer the car.

So what has surprised you the most ?

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#2 28-03-07 17:30:46

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

How they can't tell that the handbrake is on and try to move off   roll:lol:


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#3 28-03-07 17:49:25

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

To be honest the amount of pupils that think learning isnt down to them and Oh my god " YOu mean Ive got to change gears and brake all the time" Its a lot of work isnt it. LOL


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#4 28-03-07 19:07:36

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

1. That you have to teach someone how to do what appears to be the simplist of things. Note:. I spent 30 minutes once showing someone how to adjust mirrors. Sadly I should have put a stop to the lessons there and then and told em striaght they were never going to learn how to drive. 20 hours later and still not on the road, we could not steer a straight line in a car park. I was just lost. :cry:

2. The resolve and dedication of some pupils to keep on pushing on to acheive that final goal in what is for some a very hard test. I had just one of these tests today and after some 70 hours she passed on her second attempt. Have to admit 1st one was a little early but feel by giving her that first chance things started to turn around for the better. We thought long and hard with lots of problems, and hopefully when her bank balance is looking better im sure she will be back for some Pass Plus. big_smile


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#5 28-03-07 19:51:18

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Hi
The fact that so many of them don't know where they are, even when within a mile of their own home.

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#6 28-03-07 19:54:22

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

They mistake me for a taxi service


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#7 28-03-07 19:56:50

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

:?  How many dont know their left from right!!!!   roll LOL


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#8 28-03-07 20:00:18

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

How quickly some of them can learn when things go right. ;D


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#9 28-03-07 20:07:50

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Just how bad their general coordination is, some need guidance on how to enter and leave the car scares me considering they would of been getting in and out of a car for some years OK granted passenger side.

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#10 28-03-07 20:15:07

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

How many pass their theory but can't spot a speed sign, yet can spot a McDonalds or Burger King sign in their peripheral vision.  ;D


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#11 28-03-07 21:04:00

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Hi

Just how bad their general coordination is, some need guidance on how to enter and leave the car scares me considering they would of been getting in and out of a car for some years OK granted passenger side.

Yes, and they opened the door there without checking for passing pedestrians.

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#12 28-03-07 21:18:53

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

I was out on lesson other day with one of my pupils who has passed his theory test about one month ago.
so I thought i would take opportunity to refresh his memory on his theory,
So there was a sign comming up in the distance it was a crossroads sign I say what does that sign mean,
His reply was give me multiple choice then. What does this tell you about theory .

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#13 28-03-07 22:22:23

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

what part of stop cant they understand?   i said stop at the junction, 2 signs said stop and stop was written on the road plus solid white line and a bus approaching from the right? and she said
i thought it was ok to go!


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#14 28-03-07 22:35:26

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

The lack of willingness to do a bit of hard work ,and the question (is it like steering on the playstation)


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#15 28-03-07 22:39:15

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

They learnt to count to 4 at primary school and yet at a roundabout, counting to the 3rd exit is still a Janet and John book one excersise  :?


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#16 28-03-07 23:16:48

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

playstation steering is a shocker! but so too is the pupil who is so into it you need to back em down a bit. they listen and take on board all you say, hang on every word and waltz throught the whole experience - then you miss em - and do they come back for the pass plus that they have sworn blind they are going to do? nah just wave now and again on the road lol


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#17 29-03-07 08:57:08

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

When can I take my test?
Whats a zebra crossing?


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#18 29-03-07 09:36:17

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

How many pass their theory but can't spot a speed sign, yet can spot a McDonalds or Burger King sign in their peripheral vision.  ;D

Or indeed one of their mates walking along the pavement about a mile down the road  ;D

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#19 29-03-07 11:00:23

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Well.....Out this morning on the second lesson and swap over with pupil.

He jumps in a starts getting comfortable, then releases the handbrake and looks over his right shoulder. :?

Then he looks at me wondering whats happening, or rather whats not happening.

Of course......The cars not been started I switched it off after I got out neutral neutral neutral

You cannot make this stuff up!............


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#20 29-03-07 21:18:37

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

that they cant see it has stopped raining!
that the engine is still running!
that they think that the gear lever has moved so need to look down to see where to!

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#21 29-03-07 21:55:29

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Something that never ceases to amaze me is that I can reach my limit of counting loudly 1-10 of left turns and pull the pupil over and ask them if the kerb is damaged beside the car..........Eventually the penny drops that I've been counting the number of times they've  "looked" in the left mirror before turning left.......... without the mirror being repositioned after a reversing exercise and do not notice that they can only see kerb.

It could be argued that I should not teach using left door mirror to confirm kerb position when reversing, so that the mirror is always correctly positioned for general driving............ But then, I'd be forever wondering/asking if the pup was looking AT rather than IN the mirror to start with. At least my way gives the pup no chance to tell me porkies about what they can see when doing the mirror check.  :evil:

Dimmy, when you drive your car and do a left reverse or a bay park, do you alter your mirrors?  yikes  Do you encourage your pupils to alter the nearside mirror for manoeuvres? 


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#22 29-03-07 22:03:59

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

What a great thread!  lol

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#23 29-03-07 22:16:37

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

that they think that the gear lever has moved so need to look down to see where to!

And that they think it needs to be held in place incase it pops back out

Those that don't know the difference between entrance and exit on a roundabout

Can't concentrate for more than 5 minutes or retain ANY information for longer than 5 minutes

AND: why is it they can always manage to drive the last couple of roads home properly, despite mucking the whole lesson up?




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#24 29-03-07 22:32:36

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Yes Karen-I had a guy the other day kept exiting at the wrong blooming exit coz he was counting the entrances aswell so 5th exit right 3 exit right  roll


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#25 29-03-07 22:40:03

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Re: What has surprised you the most about your pupils ?

Is a massive problem when they count 2nd exit straight ahead wrong I can assure you: when it's the wrong side of a dual carriageway: had one try that trick from the turn right position on a mega busy roundabout: had flash backs every time I went there for weeks. yikes


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