Selecting Online Ground School.
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I couldn't find any recent posts on this topic.  Does anyone have an online ground school they really liked or disliked?

A few I've looked at:  

sporty's - https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/learn-to-fly-course-online-private-pilot-test-prep.html. **Seems ok, but pretty dry***
fly8ma - https://fly8ma.com **I did the free version and it was enjoyable**
thefinerpoints - https://www.getgroundschool.com - **brand new, from Jason Miller - I like his podcasts and explanations of things**

Thanks!
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Arthur Tom‍ I completely agree with safety and having the videos available for reference / learning at your own pace. Hope you enjoy the course! :)
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Ari, 
Thanks for that thorough answer.  I'm not that thrilled with the idea of having to do math-related anything, but if it's something I should know to be a safe pilot, then I"m glad they're going into it. I'll sign up this weekend based on your suggestion. I do like the zoom interaction as well but knowing I can go back and rewatch the videos is important as I have some ADHD learning issues :)  
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Arthur Tom‍ I will say that Pilot Institute seems very thorough, which can be a plus or minus depending on how you look at it. Topics are definitely covered in more detail than Sporty's provides. I recently signed up for a local ground school (online Zoom sessions) just to compare the experiences, and while I enjoy the more personalized instruction and anecdotes the local ground school provides, we have yet to cover a topic Pilot Institute doesn't cover in as much, if not more detail. If I had to do it all over again and could only pick one, I'd choose Pilot Institute. I will say that sometimes it can feel like Pilot Institute goes deeper than needed, which can result in you feeling like you're moving through the material more slowly than you'd like - especially if it is an area you're not particularly fond of (for me it was math related to Weight & Balance and Aircraft Performance) - but upon completion of those sections, when you pass the quizzes, you feel like you really understand the material to a good depth - just something to keep in mind if your experience is like mine. If you've already researched what it takes to get your PPL (and beyond), the Introduction to Flight Training section can be pretty boring and long, but the course is really designed to cover "everything" from square one, so I'm glad the section is there - and I did find a gem or two in a couple of the lessons for that section. I'm about 50% of the way through the course (studying on free nights and weekends) on Pilot Institute and have no regrets thus far. The instructor has been very responsive when I had questions and comments (less than 1d response time). Recently he came out with an Instrument course, which I definitely plan on signing up for once I have my PPL in hand. I would definitely recommend it. Please let me know if you have any follow up / more specific questions, and I'd be happy to answer.
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Ari, I have been looking at Pilot Institute as well.  But there are so many options out there. Since you're a few months ahead of me how is your online training going with Pilot Institute? Thanks
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Check out MzeroA. Ocala Florida. I've used them for FAA written and also IFR written. Passed both tests. I really liked their format too.
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I used Sporty's Instrument online course a bit over two years ago and barely passed the written - but I DID pass. When I started taking the practice tests, I recall sometimes wondering if the questions were covered in the course. Life got in the way with two moves and a debilitating injury, so I didn't get the check ride within two year window after passing the written. My health has improved and I'm once again thinking Instrument rating. I fired up the Sporty's course recently and noticed that there have been some content updates.

I chatted with a fellow pilot who just passed his Instrument written using the KIng online course. He also has the Sporty's course and he told me that he felt the King course better prepared him not only for the test but for beginning the flight part of his Instrument training. Every person's experience will differ.

The practice test questions all come from an FAA data base, so those are going to be standard in any credible course. I hope the FAA reviews the test questions, gets rid of poorly written or unclear ones, and adds questions with relevance to EFB and other current practices.

I'll probably buy access to the King course, but I need to check first to see if AOPA members get a discount.