Just two weeks of groundschool left

The end is in sight! Having completed my mocks this week, CP100 are now on the home straight. In just two weeks time, we will be having our last day at Nursling for quite a while, our second Airline Preparation Day. The next time we’ll be back at Nursling is the the Airline Qualification Course at the very end of the course.

As for my mocks, I did extremely well – better than I thought I would. I went into them thinking that I’d be happy to just get passes in all 7 but I ended up walking away with an average above 90%! I’m amazed as I really worried about a couple of the subjects.
Now I just have to keep up the hard work – and the motivation – for just over a week as I continue to prepare for the actual exams, which start a week on Monday.

Fingers crossed they go as well as these mocks did!

Ground school is nearly over

I can’t quite believe it – tomorrow is our last day in the classroom for ground school! After that, we have 3 days of mocks and then our exam week. That’s it! It’s all come and gone so quickly.

And to top off our time in the classroom, we had a former air medical examiner (aviation doctor) in to talk to us about Human Performance and Limitations. To finish the talk, and the day, he brought in goggles that make your right eye appear to be your left and vice versa. Our challenge, walk in a straight line.
It sounds easy enough and nothing seems to be wrong when you first put the goggles on. Then you try to walk… It becomes a whole new ball game! As a class, we all had a go, with varying levels of success. I had one of the more ‘notable’ moments, stumbling over my own feet trying to recover from a momentary wobble – much to the amusement of the rest of the class!

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In other news, my visa came through today – they’re letting me into New Zealand!
I’m also glad that it means I have my passport back and don’t have to just rely on my driving licence for identification.

Now it’s a case of applying for a bank account and a couple of other things to make sure that everything is in place by the time I’m out there. It’s not long now – I’m expecting to fly out on the 20th March. One challenge I’m going to have is fitting in seeing everyone before I leave. I had a huge challenge at Christmas and this time I have more people to see in the same amount of time… I’m sure I’ll cope!

Mocks are over, but the revision keeps on coming

Today saw CP100 finish our mock exams for Module 1!
It went really well for me, but I obviously can’t comment for everyone on the course.

What it has flagged up for all of us, I think, is where our weaknesses lie and this should allow us to focus our revision on that over the coming 12 days before our real exams start. I certainly know for me that I just need to remember some of the facts and stop making silly mistakes!

And as I just mentioned, we are now off for 12 days. It will be a lot of work but just think, in three weeks time, it’ll all be over and we’ll have started Module 2! (Actually, I don’t know if that’s something to get excited about…)

But tonight, it’s time for a night off the work and just time to relax.

My head in the books

Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age…

Walter Savage Landor

Without study, everything really would just be harder. We all dislike doing it, look at all the people who take to Twitter and Facebook, myself included, when GCSEs and A Levels come around to complain that they’re fed up of studying and that they think it’s really hard.

Revising has just been my life for the past couple of weeks in the run up to my mocks. And it seems to have worked!
We’ve already done three of the mock exams and I ended up with a 92% average in them, so all the revision that I did seems to have paid off. Now it’s just a case of carrying this momentum forwards into my remaining mocks and onto the real exams as well.

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.

Marcus Tullius Cicero