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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Censorious, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Censorious

    Censorious New Member

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    Hello my fellow comrades! Finally I registered on this awesome forum. To start with, I would like to say that most of my life I wanted to become an "IT man" and my journey begins now!. :) For the past 2 years I've been trying to convince myself to study but never really got the feel. My plan is to start with compTIA a+ , and move to Microsoft windows 7 and windows server certifications. Currently working as a chef in London. Sorry for any English grammar mistakes :oops:
     
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  2. Wireless_Snake

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    Welcome to CF good luck with your journey I am sure you'll enjoy every minute of it.
     
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  3. ade1982

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    That's quite an introduction. Clearly not directed at me though, as I am ugly as f*** :D

    Hope you enjoy your journey with us!
     
  4. Kopite_21

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    Welcome to CF.
     
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  5. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Welcome to CertForums :) Its nice to see you here.
     
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  6. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF! 8)
     
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  7. Jammo1987

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    Welcome to CertForums!
     
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  8. Censorious

    Censorious New Member

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    How ironic, looking through my old forum posts. Still not certified, still a chef, but what a hell I'l try again! What do you guys think is it possible to get ready for A+ in a week?

    Cheers
     
  9. Juelz

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    I wouldnt recommend going for the A+ with only one week of studying tbh.. If its taken you 3 years are you sure IT is defo for you? Not trying to sound harsh but you really do need to be commited, IT is not one of those casual industries.. Couldnt imagine working in IT without being committed or interested.. Alot of the time I have to refresh my skills at home.
     
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  10. Censorious

    Censorious New Member

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    Dear Juelz, never intended to be under committed, had limited time to prepare.

    A lot have changed in the past 6 months, the thing is that a good friend of mine offered me a job in IT industry in Cyprus, I figured to get a head start with Comptia A+ and had only 2 weeks before my flight. After trying to solve couple of online tests - instantly knew that getting the certificate before the flight was nearly impossible.

    After getting some experience in IT, doing simple tasks and assisting users, figured to start studying for the dreaded Comptia a+. But the issue I am facing is not the lack of material or finding the time, but loosing interest in the material :(
     
  11. Pseudonym

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    If you're not interested in the material then its probably not the right fit for you. Find something you're passionate about.
     
  12. Censorious

    Censorious New Member

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    You are missing a point, I like working in IT, its the studying part I'm having troubles in. Anyways, will try harder. just wanted to know if anyone had troubles focusing while getting ready for the exam.
     
  13. Pseudonym

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    It depends how much you want something. If you really want something you'll find a way. My motivation levels dip some days and peak other days. Some topics are more interesting than others, but they're all important. Set aside time where you study in a day. Eliminate distractions and focus on it. You'll do it if you want it enough and you won't if you don't. It's down to you to make it happen. I don't think anything anyone here can make you more or less motivated.
     
  14. Censorious

    Censorious New Member

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    I respect your opinion, but every person has their own way of motivation, maybe mine are posting random thoughts on a Cert forum. Exam is booked and I'l do my best to get ready for it. Will post results as I go, maybe someone will find reading through my journey helpful.
     
  15. Apexes

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    Ignore this, read thread wrong
     
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  16. dmarsh

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    Depends on the person, It would probably take me about a month to prepare and I know the material and have 20 years in the industry.
    Exams aren't for everyone, neither are certifications, I no longer take them.

    What I would say is, what IT or computer things have you been doing for the last 3 years? Could be building a web site, programming, building a robot, video editing, but if you aren't doing something that indicates real interest and advances your knowledge its a red flag.

    Its like me saying I want to be a Michelin chef and then telling you I eat McDonalds every night.
     
  17. Censorious

    Censorious New Member

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    Hello Guys!

    I have managed to pass the exam today from the first try. Although during the year I had to reschedule the exam maybe 4-5 times due to starting and the burning out on the studies.

    The key for me was to find the right study method (which I found on this forums, Thank you very much). Mnemosyne flash card software helped a lot, I noticed that by memorizing all the boring stuff (socket pin numbers etc.) first, I had much more energy left for the important stuff (that needs understanding rather than plain memorization). So I made custom cards for each Paragraph of Professor Messer's Course Notes .

    Course notes and Practice questions I found for free on a random youtube video in PDF, but ordered a hard cover just to have it for future revisions.

    Study material used:
    1. Professor Messer's Youtube Videos
    2. Professor Messer's Course notes
    3. Professor Messer's Practice question
    4. Exam Compass
    5. Some Youtube Videos

    Will try to use the same method with Comptia 902
     
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  18. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Welldone ! :thumbleft
     
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  20. Dazzo

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    Congrats! Hopefully your new study method brings more success!
     
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