Hi my little lovelies, I feel like I’ve been a little absent from the blogging world lately. I think that’s mainly because I haven’t been taking part in bloggers chats – which I miss a lot!
But this has been because I’ve taken up something new in my life. Learning to drive. I’ve been taking lessons for a few months now, and its all going well – very well actually. So, around about a month – maybe just over a month – ago amy driving instructor and I decided it was time I booked my theory test.
To me, booking your theory is where it all becomes real. You have to actually start working hard and realise that one day you have to sit with an examiner next to you and take your practical test. Once you start learning to drive the one thing that sits between taking your practical test (apart from lessons) and not, is your theory.
So anyway I booked my theory test, for when I had time off work so that I knew I had a week or so to do some hardcore revising because I always find it hard to take things in when I’ve been working all day. At the start I just did a bit of revising here and there in the evenings – when I’d usually be taking part in bloggers chats!
Before I knew it, it was the first day of my time off work and I only had a week and two days left to revise 95% of the things I needed to know – sh*t!
Anyway, I have a few tips for those of you who were in my shoes over the past few weeks;
So the first thing you have to do is book your test. Make sure you book it on the official GOV website. You’re first asked to chose a date, I’d book it at least a month in advance to give you plenty of time to prepare yourself.
Once you’ve chosen a date, they will then as you for a time which is completely up to you. I’d avoid rush hour traffic times – you don’t want to be late!
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to revise. Try and do a little each night if possible, or if you’re like me and find it hard to take things in after a busy day at work, book some time off or book your theory when you know you already have time off work to prepare. If you’re still in education, book your theory during a holiday.
One of my favourite things I used to help me is apps! Especially The Official DVSA Theory Test app which you can download here for your iPhone, costs £4.99 but its 100% worth it. Especially if you’re a busy-bee, its great for on the go! I found this unbelievably amazing, I definitely recommend it as a must if you have your theory test coming up. It has a study section, a practice section and a mock test section for multiple question section of the test as well as a practice section for the hazard perception.
When your theory is upcoming – a week or a few days before – take a few mock tests. You can do this online, or on your apps previously downloaded. These will give you an overall idea of how you’re getting on. You can spot any errors you have made and make a note. My notebook for post planning became over run with notes over the past week or so! Its always in my bag therefore it was the first thing to hand when I felt I needed to make notes.
Last of all is stay calm. When the day of your test arrives, don’t panic. Carry on your day as normal, get up with your cup of tea, have a shower and just relax. Once you get to the test centre, take your time to read the instructions given to you, get used to your surroundings and how everything works.
Take your time, stay focused and good luck!
Today it was my turn to take my test. I travelled to my local test centre and took the theory test. This was my first time taking my theory test and I didn’t know what to expect once arriving at the centre but I stayed calm and focused and I PASSED! I am so happy and proud of myself. But, I still have a long way to go before I’m let loose on the roads.