I know this has been discussed at least some on this forum, but I had some questions about what studying, briefings, and written/oral test prep looks like for a typical student at ATP.
I suppose I’ll start with what this looked like for me at the Part 141 school I went to for my Private certificate to help draw some comparisons. Being a 141 school, ground school consisted of scheduled classroom time in which subjects such as weather & meteorology, regulations, aerodynamics, and aviation physiology were taught by an instructor to the classroom in lecture format with each subject getting its own class period of about two hours. This would also consist of the occasional graded homework assignments, quizzes, and tests as this was also part of a college course through the school I was attending.
Apart from the classroom time, studying on my own usually involved reading the provided FAA textbooks, taking notes, and highlighting content along the way. I would also often use the PowerPoint presentations used in the classroom lectures to supplement my studying time. Also involved would typically be memoriz-I mean studying those written exam questions.
Flights and briefings with my assigned instructor were always very well outlined before going into them, so I would always know the topic and even some of the detailed questions my instructor would ask me before going into a briefing.
With all that said (maybe I didn’t really need to), I was curious what these particular areas of acquiring knowledge and developing an understanding of the various subjects necessary to pass a written/oral exam for a particular certificate would look like at ATP.
While I don’t have a problem with the idea of simply cracking open a textbook and highlighting and taking notes, my understanding to this point is that ATP uses their own software or third party software (or both) as part of the material used to develop the knowledge portion of the training. I also have noticed from watching YouTube video series of current/past ATP students that ATP will mail you a box of material before your start date that includes textbooks, ACS (almost said PTS there), and those AMAZING oral prep books (I used the Private one for my Private oral exam). My questions at this point then, are:
- Are the training software modules used as a primary means of learning the material or are they more of a supplement to the textbooks or some other source? What will be the primary source of initially learning the material if not the software?
- Are briefings with an instructor very well outlined before you go into them? Generally, what does preparing for those look like?
- In general, what would a typical independent study session look like for yourself, whether that be preparing for a briefing or studying for an oral exam?