I'm still doing my PPL, but one question has puzzled me recently. During an internal exam before my first solo nav on a C150, the examiner pulled the throttle, so I would do a simulated emergency landing. I chose a field right to me, and with a good gliding speed and without any flaps did a 180 turn (base+final) and found myself flying straight into power lines before the field. We had to go around.
The examiner showed me how it should be done. After the base turn, he deployed flaps 10 and then on final 20. We flew way above the power lines. Now I'm not sure all the altitudes and turning points were the same, but he meant this to show me that I should have used flaps.
My understanding had always been that the use of flaps during emergency landing should be restricted to the final leg from the point that you are certain you will make the airfield. My instructor (not the examiner) had the same view and could not explain it to me.