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Is classroom study necessary for the A+?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Daft Lass, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. Daft Lass

    Daft Lass Bit Poster

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    Could someone let me know if classroom (hands on) study is necessary for the A+.

    I don't work in the IT industry at the moment and don't know if I would get the experience needed. (I do work on a computer daily though ).

    This is the only thing that is making me hesitant about self study rather than going with a training company.

    Please help!:(
     
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  2. Cockles

    Cockles Megabyte Poster

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    Hi

    I'm doing the exact same as you, studying for A+ from home. So far as I can tell, class study is only necessary if your method of studying requires that someone tells you what to learn and you go away and learn it, otherwise there is no reason why you can't learn it all from home then book the exams when you feel you are ready.

    Thankfully, places like this and Google help to eliminate the necessity for depending on a tutor, as if you are stuck you can find an answer to just about anything

    I would certainly recommend getting practice exams and an old PC to take to pieces though rather than risk FUBAR'ing your main one (old PCs are dirt cheap)

    Cheers
     
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  3. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    There are a few advantages, the main one being, when ya in a classroom stripping out a pc etc, if ya break it its not your problem lol, and ya meet alot of people doing a similar thing. Ive made a lot of good friends from my courses, and we keep in contact etc (although the same can be said of the forums). I think it also depends on you aswell, i mean if ya disciplined enough to put the work in etc, then i cant really see any reason for you to sign up. On the other hand if ya would like extra guidance then its worth considering
     
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  4. BobT

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    Hallo Daft Lass - Whether you choose home or classroom based study, sign on with your local Freecycle. There's often IT equipment available. It's true that some of the PCs are a bit old but they are useful for 'cost-free' tinkering:D . I missed a couple of XP complete systems and laptop over the past few weeks. I've also picked up loads of other bits and pieces, got a load of Network Cards and cables off one guy. Picked up 3 working towers this week:D :D . The only downside is that my wife doesn't share my enthusiasm for computer bits spread all around:p
    Regards.
     
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  5. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Good Advice:thumbleft
     
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  6. Keimos

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    Hi Daft Lass,

    No is the simple answer as long as you have a computer to practice with at home, as you learn.

    Books as any one in IT will tell you can put you to sleep. Get a CBT course that will provide both pictures, so that you can get an idea of what you are doing, and for the PC side provide interaction or hands-on stuff for the installation and use of.

    Keimos
     
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  7. Cockles

    Cockles Megabyte Poster

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    Thank you sir, I do try, oh how I try.......
     
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  8. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Your Welcome mate, How's your studying going?

    How many hours a week do you put into studying?
     
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  9. Cockles

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    Pretty good, thanks for asking, I'm about a quarter of the way through the MM book. I'm also writing my own glossary as I go through, as that is one thing I think the book is missing, so when I finish that, I will post it here

    I normally study about 8 hours a week, do a few hours some nights when I get home from work. I am taking this one slowly. To be honest, I am in a career that I do enjoy (although I have levelled-off slightly), but I am doing this out of pure interest in the subject, and if it does lead to a better career eventually in IT, then all the better.

    As I said the other day, I have really enjoyed doing this, and have been able to upgrade my PC and do a lot more things that 2 months ago I wouldn't have a clue about, all from hitting the books and coming to this place.
     
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  10. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Well done mate 8 hours a week:thumbleft :clap :rocks

    You be passing A+ in next no time!

    Speaking of studying it's time I got back to mine!:study

    Have good weekend:biggrin
     
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