Instructor Training Methods Guide
Methods of Instruction for Motorcycle Instructors
Understanding the different methods of instruction is the most important start for all Motorcycle Instructors.
New Motorcycle Trainers
New Trainers must understand what methods of training (or methods of instruction) are and why they are needed! Just simply watching an experienced instructor a few times and then having a go is not the way new instructors should be trained to conduct lessons. This method of training puts learner riders at risk and can also make the trainee instructor look stupid in front of students.
CBT – Methods of Instruction
There are different ways to deliver the required lessons during a Compulsory Basic Training Course. Firstly, there is a need to give presentation style lessons, teach and coach practical skills and then be able to give directions and coach over a radio communication. The Methods of Instruction for Motorcycle Instructors highlights different ways to deliver lessons.
Trainers will need to have good subject knowledge when delivering Element A and D, this is because they will give a presentation on the day and what to expect followed by a briefing on helmets and clothing. They will also be required to give an in-depth presentation on how to ride on the road. These type of lesson deliveries are classroom based, with information being given verbally.
Teaching practical skills has a totally different structure, new instructors should understand what they need to do and how they intend to deliver subject matter to new riders. There are two phases to practical teaching during a Compulsory Basic Training Course:
Firstly, is delivering information so that learner riders can understand and process how the motorcycle works.
Secondly, to give practical training and coaching during a skilled lesson. Motorcycle Instructors must understand each Method of Instruction to give the best training possible to students.
When it is time to take learner riders onto the public road, instructors will have to use radio communication to guide a learner around a given route, as well as give instruction. There are two delivery types of on-road instruction, one is proactive advice giving tips and information prior to hazards and the other is reactive advice after a situation.
New Motorcycle Instructors must understand how and when to use both teaching methods when giving instruction.
Key areas to Methods of Instruction
There are other key areas to Methods of Instruction for Motorcycle Instructors, some of the subjects that are vital to know and understand are:
- Principles and techniques
- Maintain the desire to learn
- Preparation and planning
- Confirmation learning is taking place
- Question techniques
- The selection and use of aids
Further to this is an understanding of how to deliver practical lessons, what techniques to use and when. There is a particular format when giving instruction during practical lesson. It is important to use a methodical and structured approach for delivery for both instructor and student.
Training delivery must be simple, methodical and achievable for the learning level of each student. Client Centred Learning is key to a successful outcome.
Written by: Simon Hayes
To understand the requirements to becoming a Motorcycle Instructor, please take a look at the DVSA guidelines here.