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Bristol Ground School: Which has the best user experience? Windows or iPad?

Old 29th Jul 2021, 10:16
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Bristol Ground School: Windows or iPad? Which platform has the best user experience?

I'm looking to start my ATPL(A) studies through Bristol Ground School soon. I was planning on using my Windows desktop for the majority of my studies when at home, but was thinking of investing in a laptop or iPad to study when away from home and was deciding on which to go for.

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions over which offers the best delivery? iPad or Windows? Or do they work exactly the same?

Does an iPad mini work well or is the extra screen real estate of the full fat version worthwhile?

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Old 29th Jul 2021, 10:59
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I am with BGS and use the paper notes in binders + an iPad Mini for the progress tests, this works very well. I like paper binders as I spend a lot of my day looking at laptop for work.

Others use only the iPad and seem to get on fine.
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Old 29th Jul 2021, 11:44
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Some things to watch out with BGS. I have encountered many issues with the BGS software. I have spent many hours reinstalling software and communicating with support rather than studying. The frustration levels at time have been quite high. At the time of writing, the question bank has a mixture of 2016 and 2020 ECQB learning objectives so be prepared to find questions which have no relevance to your exams even though BGS state that they have the worlds best question bank. This was meant to be resolved weeks ago but there is still no time frame for a filter between the 2 LO's. I also note that their content didn't fully cover the 2020 LO's. At the time of my last general navigation exam, I was asked to calculate air miles which I hadn't seen in their content. Upon doing a search. no results were for for Air Miles was found although the calculation was a requirement in the LO's on the EASA website. On a positive note, the learning material is well explained and the support team is very supportive. In summery, they really need to evaluate their software designers
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Old 10th Aug 2021, 09:24
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I, too have had many issues with the BGS app.

In the end, I had to use my Windows 10 laptop, despite many reinstalls, updates etc. just to get the ‘dashboard’ to reflect my progress.

The biggest issue for me, was that most of their course material has not been updated to reflect the 2020 syllabus.

Worse still, their question bank is almost completely useless for the 2020 syllabus exams.

A lot of the content of their question bank is still pertinent, but the way the questions are worded now in the exams, makes them unusable.

Also, there are a lot of questions in the exams which are not even referred to in the BGS notes!

They claim they are working on this, but it really should have been updated by now, or at least split off into the different syllabi, old and new.

I have had to look elsewhere, to find up to date questions and have bought a subscription to ATPLQuestions (?), which appears to be bang up to date, in format and content.

CAPT Online also have some free question banks which are more up to date.

On the plus side, the BGS live and recorded webinars are useful, especially for those tips and mnemonics that you don’t always get from a book.
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Old 10th Aug 2021, 19:18
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Ah, that's such a shame especially as they had such a solid reputation before. Is it bad enough that you'd suggest trying an alternate school?
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Old 11th Aug 2021, 19:27
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Well, I haven’t experienced the alternatives to be honest.
The BGS course material is good, but then I prefer ‘books’ to electronic anyway.
I think their ‘renowned’ question bank lets them down now, mainly because of the switch to the 2020 syllabus.

CAPT have a good reputation and their online sample exams seem representative of the newer questions.

Certainly worth a look.

The ATPLquestion online system is excellent.
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Old 24th Aug 2021, 02:57
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Hello Craphat, are you completing EASA or UK CAA exams?
On the bottom of the ATPL Online page it states copyright ATPL Online, Bristol Ground school and IDC Ltd.
Are these the same organistion (s)? Or do they work together pooling their questions?
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 14:18
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Having been a BGS student who has finished all the exams this year. I found the experience on the iPad a bit better than PC as some images would not appear on the lessons. I would prefer to invest to invest in an iPad for on the go learning or reading than a laptop or PC.
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