student has to learn to adapt to the instructor somewhat. More importantly,
a good instructor learns how the student learns (and expresses him
or herself) and changes their teaching style to match the student's
learning style. A good instructor learns how -- and in what terms
-- the student thinks, and makes the appropriate changes in instruction
style to match the mode of thinking of the student.
In music, you call this "transposing."
There isn't nearly enough emphasis on this in flying.
Some students store information verbally. Others,
in pictures. Still others, kinesthetically. You don't get effective
student recall by suggesting "Remember how an uncoordinated
turn feels?" when dealing with a verbal student.
Likewise, some students learn in a very left-brained
(linear) fashion: they master things step by step. Others have to
see the big picture (integrating) before they understand the importance
of a given maneuver.
Without one, they'll never master the other. A
good instructor listens and observes how the student expresses their
ideas. There are also ways that you can note how the individual
stores information (by hearing, watching or doing) by observing
which way their eyes move when you ask them to recall some maneuver!
So, the burden of changing instruction style rests
on the instructor to match the way the student most effectively
learns, not vice-versa. Find an instructor who does this consistently
and you'll find someone who is booked months in advance, and has
a very high student initial pass rate.
Other instructors never make the connection: they
teach the way they learned, never varying their style or methods.
Based upon three methods of information storage (auditory, visual
and kinesthetic) and the two modes of learning (linear and integral),
chances are that an instructor who never understands these methods/modes
to change their style of instruction is going to be effective with
only 33% of the student pilots they fly with, and then, only 50%
of the time. I.E., they have an effective success rate of about