Aviation Exam – question bank learning strategy

Use tools for marking questions provided by your ATPL learning software. I’ll give you a description of a method which I was intuitively applying from the very beginning and which proved effective on the example of Aviation Exam. In hindsight, I believe it was a good approach, though obviously, you may have your own method that works for you.

  1. The first time you go through the database – while working through questions from a given subject you’ll encounter for the first time:
    • questions you already know the answer to. They’re obvious to you – you don’t mark them at all. The assumption is you’d never want to see or revise them again.
    • questions you managed to answer correctly, yet you’re aware that it might have been an accident or you realistically assume that knowledge can slip your mind by the time of the exam, or you’re not sure of that knowledge – a question of this sort should be marked “For review”, which means you want to go through it again.
    • questions you provided a wrong answer to – these should be also marked “For review”.
  2. Having gone through all the questions from a given subject for the first time, which in the case of Meteorology, for instance, might take you several weeks, revise the questions you answered wrong in the first revision session. This will allow you to go back to the toughest issues, recall them, and arrange them a bit better in your mind. You’ll find out that despite the passing time since you first covered these questions, you’re able to give the correct answer to a significant number of them.
  3. Aviation Exam memorises your right answer to a question you previously answered wrong. For that very reason, the questions left for the dessert are those you gave a wrong answer to in the previous revision session. When you’re done revising these questions you’ll notice that you’ve actually answered correctly all the questions from a given subject. You’ll have only a few most difficult questions to go. Owing to the notes you’ve been doing on a regular basis while studying you can get back to the toughest issues to revise them.
  4. There’s still the pool of questions marked “For review” to go through (see formation of the pool described above). It may be very large – up to 50-60% of a given subject material, depending on your level of knowledge. Questions from this pool should be revised before the exam. This revision session aims at recalling the study material after some time and ultimately consolidating and organising knowledge from a given subject.

The above method is only an example that employs a tool for marking questions and conducting revisions. It proved excellent for studying and revising for exams one’s not about to sit in several months. I started learning in September just before beginning my ATPL course and passed the first 10 exams in the first session having completed the training, that is, 5 months later. It wouldn’t be possible to pass these exams with an average score of 96% if not for the above described revision and consolidation scheme that I used in the Aviation Exam ATPL question database.