How To Study For The Theory Test
The authors of each of the publications have tried to make them as interesting as possible. In the final analysis however they are reference books and just can’t hold your attention in the same way that a work of fiction or a book with a story to tell can. Generally speaking, the average person’s attention span is around 20-30 minutes. Therefore, give yourself 20-30 minute slots of study within your study periods.
These books are yours so don’t be scared to mark them at points of information that may be difficult to understand or you wish to take up with your trainer. Sometimes, writing down on notepaper or on your PC can help you remember various points.
Involve a friend or partner. Ask them their opinion of a particular point made or even get them to test you by asking you to answer questions from the publications. It’s even helpful if you ask them questions. Their answers correct or otherwise can become a discussion point, which can hammer home a particularly difficult concept.
When learning statistics such as stopping distances and speed limits, use little stories or anecdotes to help you remember them or make up rhymes about them. You may feel a little silly, but if it helps you retain the information, then that’s all you need to concern yourself with. If you are old enough to remember being taught your multiplication tables or the Alphabet, these could give you an idea. This is called ‘learning by rote’ and you will read about it in Practical Teaching Skills and the Driving Instructors Handbook.
When going through the multiple choice question bank. Avoid looking at the answers and write them down on a separate sheet of paper.
This is so that when you revise and look at them again, your question bank book isn’t already marked with an answer that you may have previously marked incorrectly.
Only answer the questions that you definitely know the answer to. If you have to guess or you only think you know the correct answer, then write down the answer for that question as a question mark instead. You can then look up and study the reading material afterwards which will help you to know and understand what the correct answer is. If you happen to guess and write down the correct answer when practising, on the actual exam you may guess the wrong one instead?