Some people find it really easy to remember facts and figures, while others are more practical by nature, so here are some handy hints to help you pass your driving tests whatever your approach.
1. To Boost Your Memory
Use mental associations by making lists and creating visual associations. For example for every road rule attach a visual picture to it, e.g. a mental 'snapshot' of a scene where the rule has been applied. And for every traffic sign imagine yourself taking the right action.
2. Repetition Is The Key
On the day of your driving test you'll really appreciate all the work you put in going over theory information and practising your manoeuvres again and again.
3. Study With A Friend
Studies show that people learn faster with a study buddy, so team up with a friend and test each other with questions and tricky scenarios.
4. Observe Other People Driving
Not for tips (as people with licences may have a few bad driving habits), but to test yourself on real-life scenarios so you can think about what you would have done if you'd been in the driving seat.
5. Use Relaxation Techniques
Everyone worries that their minds will go blank in a test, so if you start to panic, focus on your breathing (most of us forget to breathe when we're nervous or scared). Take three slow deep breaths – this will calm the body, lower adrenaline levels and relax any tense muscles.
6. Don't Pile On The Pressure
Keep the tests in perspective. It's not the end of the world if you do something wrong or you’re unsuccessful on the day of your tests. You can take them again.
7. Deal With Stress
Don't let stress drive you. If you feel panic creeping over you, slow down, take a deep breath, tell yourself you can do it and simply focus on the road ahead.
8. Get A Good Night's Sleep Before Your Tests
Being tired or run down can really affect your memory recall and your driving reflexes and ability.
9. Listen Carefully
Focus on what the examiner says and don't be afraid to ask them to repeat an instruction if you're unsure of what they mean.
10. Think Positively At All Times
How we think directly affects our behaviour, so picture yourself driving smoothly and confidently and the examiner telling you that you have passed and handing you your pass certificate.