Hello IFC, Recently, I have seen alot of student pilots on the forum which is a great thing. Below are some of the things i think that will make yourself a better pilot and be prepared for your flight lessons.
Flight Schools When choosing a flight school you should choose one that is well known and has a good training fleet. Also, you will need to choose between a part 61 and part 141 school? Whats the difference you may ask. It depends on your mission. If you want to be an airline pilot, than i would recommend a part 141 as you can get an R-ATP at 1,000 hours instead of the 1,500 hours needed. Some other factors to consider are prices and location to yourself. Flying is expensive so you want to make your money worth while when your flying, so finding the cheapest school in your area with a great training fleet is what you want. You want to stay away from any school that have high performance airplanes as there usually more expensive to fly and rent. Good training airplanes include Cessna 152,172, the Piper Cherokee series, Diamond Da-20 and Katana.
Materials Of course with flying you will need study materials. There are many great courses that are great for studying. For private i recommend Kings schools, but some others are Sportys, Gliem, and Shepard Air. I would also recommend getting your FAA written done before you solo as that is one of the biggest headaches of flying.
Headsets Dont get anything expensive. My first headset 4 years ago was a cheap 100 dollar headset out of the sportys magazine. It lasted me forever and recently upgraded to a more expensive headset since I know fly with people all the time. So, dont be going looking for the Bose or David Clarks because those are expensive and wont need them. I still use my old headset today, so they can last you a long time.
Lesson Preparness Being prepared for your flight lessons is something that your flight instructor will praise you on. Asking questions after flying and asking what you will be doing next, so you can go home and study will save your instructor time on the ground explaining things to you. That equals more flying time for you and money well spent. Get to the airport early enough to where you can preflight, fuel, and be ready to go when your instructor walks out.
Feel free to post questions below or if i missed anything let me know!