Please excuse the sarcasm because I've been in the IT training game for a long time and pretty much seen it all. I wanted to have a bit of fun with this post but also emphasise how all the basics still work and always will.
I spend so much time trying to point people in the right direction when they want to pass IT exams and enjoy a successful IT career. It seems though that people are willing to do anything APART from what they actually need to do.
Here are a few of the things you DON'T need to do:
- Spend thousands of dollars on classroom courses
- Sign up to Microsoft/Cisco academies
- Buy every IT book available on the subject
- Sign up to several study forums
- Pay for secret study methods
Here's what you DO need to do:
- Get one main and one backup study guide
- Get access to hands-on or remote equipment
- Drill your knowledge with practise exams
- Write out a study plan and study 1-2 hours EVERY DAY
Sure, if you have the funds then invest in video training. If you prefer to be taught then do a classroom course but nothing changes. You still need to put in 1-2 hours study per day AFTER the course, review your learning with practise exams and use a study guide and a backup guide for clarification.
Here are the latest two messages I received. One is an Amazon review for my CCNA in 60 Days book and the other is an email from a student how passed. Just click on the images to see full size.
Here is the link to Cisco CCNA in 60 Days book if you want to use it to study for your CCNA exam.