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For Dummies Books???

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by AndyDev, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. AndyDev

    AndyDev New Member

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    Hi All,

    I am just about to start studying for my N+ exam and i am gathering various course materials. was wondering the thos ''For Dummies'' books are worth reading. They seem quite light hearted and fun.

    Would it be of any benifit to get these before starting into the serious studying or is best practice to just dive in??

    Thanks in advance

    Andy
     
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  2. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    I used the A+ workbook one which was basically a boat load of questions - it was quite good fun. They are what you make them, I personally find the dummies books normally a little basic but if they are targeted at exams then they should be ok.

    If you get on with them then go for it.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I haven't used the Dummies books myself, so I have no firsthand opinion of them. However, I have heard of people not doing well studying for certifications with other Dummies titles, so I'd be hesitant to use them, particularly when there are two absolutely solid Network+ books available with the Sybex (by Groth) and the All-in-One (by Meyers).
     
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  4. AndyDev

    AndyDev New Member

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    I had heard that the Sybex and the Myers training was very good. i will look into buying them definatley but thought that reather than doing hardcore studying i would ask about the Dummies books to see if they were beneficial and fun.

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    I used one of the Dummies books for one of the MS exams on the 2000 track, from what I can remember it was ok. One thing that I would like to point out is that I do not only study from one source so I can't say if that book alone was the deciding factor to me passing that exam (as I always use at least 2 books, CBT's, practice exams, practical experience/knowledge, etc).

    -Ken
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    It may be "fun", but can you trust the information they are giving you is accurate? Ultimately, the goal of studying isn't so you can have a good time... it's so you can pass the exam and become a better tech. :)

    If you want fun, get a movie. :thumbleft
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I quite like the for dummies books as they tend to be a lot more lighter reading than big technical books. They however not enouugh to get you through an exam IMO, but they do give you enough to get you started in the right direction.

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