Thanks… and What Study Practices Work for You?
So this guy tells me that to help him study, he connected my book to his router, and sends me this picture:
Well, OK, they really didn’t connect the book, even though it looks like it. But the picture is kinda cool, and does make a great backdrop for this post. 😉
Today’s post kicks off what will likely be another category of posts inside the blog: study tips for CCENT and CCNA. Some tips are obvious, like “read the book”, so we won’t go there. But other tips may be the one that gives you a little bit of an edge that you need to be better prepared, so it’s worth discussing. For instance, James Brew, who sent me this photo (thanks, James!) clearly uses color-coded post-its to index to different topics. Today’s post: a place for you to post and list one thing that helps you when studying for exams, in the chance that it helps others. I’ll pull those ideas and others into this series, in which I’ll take your study ideas, and mine, and discuss them a little more. (More below the fold.)
By the way, the idea that someone would read, review, digest, question, experiment, etc, with something I wrote is a bit humbling. Thanks to you all! But for today, and other posts about how to study for these exams, what works for you? I have recommendations, some of which are already in my books, but it’s a good topic to discuss. Here are a few general categories as a springboard:
- Notes: do you take them – and how?
- Post-its, folding over corners, or any other index into the book pages?
- Do you skim during the first reading, go slow, or in between?
- How soon do you start using the questions on the CD in the back of the book?
- Do you master subnetting before reading past those chapters, or get the idea and move on?
I’ll probably re-visit these here and there over time, but feel free to toss out your ideas. To find all in this series, just pick the “Study Tips” category on the right.