Getting my type-rating for the B737 was one of the busiest times of studying I did in my life. Hours and hours I spent on the CBT (computer based training) with that tiring voice talking about the aircraft systems. Is it still the same or did they change it into a more entertaining one?
If you´re in this phase you will probably have your head in the books most of the time, but don’t forget to take enough (coffee)brakes to stay concentrated. And share all your doubts with your instructor. We had a great groundschool instructor at CAE Amsterdam who helped me a lot, especially with the FMC part. At the time, that was very abstract to me. Now that’s the easiest part of the aircraft ;-).
You finish this technical groundschool part with a written exam and then you’ll continue with studying the Standard Operating procedures (SOP’s).
For SOP training we spent a great amount of time in the mock-up. This is a wooden cockpit layout with two chairs in front of it. This way you can learn all the flows from start-up to shutdown by heart, so you get the most out of the fixed base sessions that follow.