Cool stuff! I've also found that flying in real life is much easier than flying in sims.
I felt same way. Sim is much more twitchy than real aircraft.
On some days, students do not fly. So during entire day they have to find something to do. Most of the time it is studying or quizzing each other. Also we are allowed and encouraged to listen on briefings and debriefings of other students so I've done that twice today. Briefing is done 1hr and 15min before take-off. Student comes to IP with mission data card completely filled out. Card includes weather, NOTAMS, TAFs, TOLD, planned area work and such. For first few flight IP briefs student, but soon students will brief IP. During brief, just about every parameter of upcoming flight is examined. For example: emergency procedures during various stages of take off or crew resource management through out flight. 40 minutes before take off, student dresses up in a "chute shop" as IP goes through step desk (will discuss it sometime later).
After flight, IP will debrief student and rate each maneuver or part of flight / pre-flight followed by grade of an entire flight. For example, trim use or straight-in approach. Then IP asks general knowledge question and presents tabletop EP problem.
I'll discuss in more detail stepping, grading and tabletop EPs. Now I need to get some rest.