READ. I've always tried to absorb as much information about flying as I could; you never know when that little bit of information might just save your butt.
At this point, go out right now and buy (and READ) a copy of Stick and Rudder. The terms and language are a little antiquated (it was written circa 1946) but airplanes still fly the same.
But above all, listen to what your instructor has to say. As much as some of us sound like we know what we're talking about, the problem with the internet is, unless you know something about the subject to begin with, it is often difficult to tell which info is BS, and what is good.
That goes for me too, take what I say with a grain of salt too, you don't know who I am or what my experience level is for sure either. That being said-
- There are two real meathods to study for the "written" (now called the knowlage test). Study your brains out, learn everything you can, memorize the Airplane Flying Handbook, Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowlage, Aviation Weather, Aviation Weather Services, every book you can find about flying, and just cram like hell, then go take the test. You will still get some wrong because some of the FAA's answers are wrong too, they just won't admit it. OR- go buy a Gleim book, go over the question bank a few times, take a few practice writtens, and generally, memorize the test. It's multiple guess format, and you only need a 70% to pass.
- Get that out of the way, so you can prepare for your practical. This is where you'll need to know WTF you're talking about, as a competent DE will be able to see through you BS.
All of that is way off in the future though. For now, go to the airport, study, fly, listen to your instructor, and most importantly, HAVE FUN. That's why we're doing this in the first place!
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