Compulsory Basic Training – Element E Diagrams
A picture really does paint a thousand words
Visual aids such as the ‘Compulsory Basic Training – Element E Diagrams’ can be highly effective when used correctly.
In my experience visual aids or diagrams are not used enough by motorcycle instructors. Over the many years I have been training, I’ve witnessed some shocking methods of instruction that look amateurish and unprofessional.
I’ve seen instructors draw scenarios on the pavement with a pebble they’ve found off the floor! I’ve listened to instructors try and explain complex situations to confused trainees. Students are also unlikely to remember a situation that happened hours before and it can be difficult to verbally jog their memory. Don’t forget students are using most of their concentration on riding! However, if these instructors had used diagrams, it would have given their students a better understanding of what’s expected of them.
The CBT – Element E Diagrams are a great way to clear things up. A picture paints a thousand words and can help students visualise how they are doing. It also gives a clear outline on what they need to do to achieve the CBT standard.
Diagrams alone will not improve a students ability, but it will give them visual reference to help them understand. There are many ways to use the diagrams. For example, students can be asked to draw how they intend to negotiate a certain type of hazard, such as a junction. Or the instructor can use the diagrams to show students their mistakes and any potential dangers.
The use of diagrams form a solid foundation to on-road training and they help resolve and explain scenarios more easily. This can lead to a discussion between the instructor and student, giving the instructor a better awareness of their students knowledge and learning level.
On Road Training Diagrams
A set of Compulsory Basic Training – Element E Diagrams will help you get a head start in your instructor training.
Element E lessons are complex and demand more than just verbal input. The diagram pack consists of:
- How to deal with roundabouts
- Negotiating junctions
- How to approach and negotiate bends
- Gradients, including hill starts
- Traffic Lights
- The different types of pedestrian crossings and how to use them
- Carry out a U-Turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
- Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency
- Different road position that can be used
Instructors have a difficult job when training on the road, therefore these diagrams when used correctly, can give the best possible results to their students.
For more information on Element E set out by the DVSA click here.