I'm still following this thread with interest, and am incredibly grateful that I am not learning at a commercial school...because from what you guys say, it seems just that...like school...with homework, tests, directed learning. This would be a total turn off to me! This may be very well for a 17 year old who may need a kick or cannot articulate their thoughts but really?? For an adult?
A stated completion standard is in the preflight briefing so the student can make a decision on how he/she feels about the exercise just completedI
I seem to manage with de-brief discussions with my QFI, I can articulate myself and have an adult conversatoin with him without the need of question papers! Personally as a 30 something student I would find papers asking me how I felt the trip went as an insult
Thats because they are not supervised and directed to.
How patronising! Again, school leavers maybe, but taking the decision to become a pilot, be it as a hobby (like myself) or as a career is IMHO something which is ingrained, which you have a passion to do. A student pilot should not need to be supervised or directed. If they do then they have chosen the wrong career or hobby!
I don't doubt all the instructors here have good reason for these learning techniques, but I would be interested to hear other student pilots views on this "School kid type" learning. You have to trust your student to use their head and their passion for flying; just as they trust your judgement for when to send them solo etc
Again, my QFI KNOWS I will read up on everything in sight, the trip we've jsut flown, the exams work, he KNOWS that I will call/text him if I have a question regarding anything (and I frequently do). i will make a note of learning points from the sortie but that is something I have worked out for myself.
...Just a viewpoint from an "unsupervised" student pilot