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Quick Question - When do you study?

Discussion in 'A+' started by jodsclass, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. jodsclass

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    OK guys, this is just a quick question to test the waters. I've had enough of putting off study. I am now working Full Time as a web developer and as such I have been trying to use every spare minute I have outside of work to do relaxing stuff. It's time to buckle down and study my A+ and Network+.

    My question is this. When do you guys find the time to study? Is it a matter of an hour a night before bed, or a designated evening in the week?

    The only reason I ask is that im failing to lay aside time to do this, and I would be interested in knowing how you guys juggle everything.

    TIA

    Jodsclass :D
     
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  2. zimbo
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    yip thats how it has to be mate... when i was working full time it was like from 9pm+ max for 2 hours... weekends... and that was about it! :biggrin
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Jod,

    It all depends on your family set up. If you are married (especially with children) you might have to plan a slot that will fit in with them. This could be an hour before everyone gets up in the morning, or an hour when they are all in bed.

    If you have a missus then do as much as you can while she is straightening her hair or talking a false eye to sleep on the phone! :)

    If you are on your Todd, then please yourself!

    Si
     
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  4. jodsclass

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    Married Boyce, I agree with the false eye bit. Guess it will be an hour here an hour there in the evening. Need this A+ and Network+ done in the next month or so.

    Right so an hour a night should do it then, I hope

    jodsclass
     
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  5. zimbo
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    You might struggle getting A+ done in ONE month!:eek: It too *wise owl* Harry 2 months... i say try get it done before the upgrade.. dont rush it just make sure you pass them because comptia exams are darn expensive!
     
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  6. zebulebu

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    Or - if you're married, like me, to a woman who doesn't seem to give a toss whether you exist or not any more, spend every single waking minute in front of the damn PC so that you don't have to sit and stare silently at each other...

    Seriously - I can't remember the last time I spent more than three hours at home without being online or pissing about on my home LAN. I wish I'd had this much time I could have set aside for studying when I was first doing my NT MCSE - THAT was a difficult time, I had to fit it in around my relationship, work and the fact that I still lived at home with me mum...
     
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  7. zimbo
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    WAIT A MINUTE! Nothing beats trying to convince your girlfriend that you need to study for this exam to become an MCSA and she wants to go here and there and here and there... oh then try explaining to her how we do exams! We go in... *play around* on PC's then come out knowing if we passed or failed!
     
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  8. steveh2001

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    Yea i think it depends on ur job/lifestyle etc.

    I was lucky enough to find a first role as a part time helpdesk agent, i didnt specfically go looking for part time roles (i was looking for anything that i cud get in IT!), but when it came along, i thought it would be perfect as i can mention in the interviews i want to study A+ etc along side, and luckily enough it paid off and i got the role. So to sum up - as i have the extra hours i have a bit more time to study in the afternoons/early evenings as im not working full time. But i imagine if i was working full time i can understand wanting to relax out of work. Maybe try for an hour or so every other day, and fit it into the weekends?

    I dont work on a schedule as such, i go on if im in the mood to study ill do as much as i can :D Not sure if thats the best way to do it or not!
     
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  9. jodsclass

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    Sounds like a decent idea steve. The problem I have is routine and need for routine. If I dont factor in ym study at designated times, I will procrastinate till the cows come home. Its such a tough time atm. Man I miss university life...

    Jodsclass
     
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  10. zimbo
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    man im looking forward to uni life! :slidedrin :alc :onthePC
     
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  11. jodsclass

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    Savour every moment mate. it is a dream

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  12. simongrahamuk
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    Study patterns for me vary. If its quiet at work then I may get a couple of hours in there, but chances are that as soon as I get into it then it will be interrupted by someone wanting a password reset. :x

    At the moment I'm sort of in limbo waiting to head back to uni twice a week for three hours. The other evenings of the week I will *try* and set aside two hours a night to dedicate to study / web surfing, other than that it will be 6 or so hours on a weekend. I'm also trying to get up early and get all of my emails, etc checked so that as the day goes on I can be more productive.

    I have the usual problem though of having a *real* life aswell and am in the process of moving in with the gf, meaning dedicating time for her, and we're also converting the spare room into a study which is taking time.

    My gf doesn't understand what certs are all about all she knows is degrees, so convincing her that I'm 'studying' when I'm not doing an actual course is gona be hard! Fortunately thats not gona be for a while! 8)
     
  13. Sparky
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    I try and get a few hours done during the week. If its been a hellish day I generally just fire up the laptop and read the MS Press book (.pdf) and have the TV on in the background. If I’m on form I can also hold a conversation with the wife and study, is their a cert for that? :biggrin

    On Sunday I’ll try and do some work in the lab\office, this depends on how bad the hangover is from Saturdays fun and games! 8)
     
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  14. Raffaz

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    I get up an hour earlier and study then, then the rest of the day is mine.

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  15. Baldbloke

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    Whatever you do, don't let work screw up your home/social life! I went down that road a few years ago and it nearly cost me my marriage and family!

    Just make sure your significant other understands the reasons why you have to spend time on the PC/reading etc, and reserve some quality time for him/her as well. (My lady was convinced I was surfing for porn at one stage... :eek:

    It's an ongoing process and it has to be done... otherwise we'd all be in the beard and sandals brigade...
     
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  16. Weemez

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    It all depends on circumstance,

    with me doing day/ nightshift and all other different hours cant set a rigid timetable so its just as and when i get the chance.

    Its important recognise that chance when you see it though because i've seen me at the end of a week realising i've done next to nothing for the week but realising i did manage time for a few beers!

    As has been said, its important to get a balance.
     
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  17. Mitzs
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    Simon explain to her, in the IT world certs are mini degress that are needed if you ever want a raise or advancement in the furture. The CCIE Cisco cert cost 14,000 and only 2 places here in the states you can take it. Now something cost that much, and just can't be taken at any test area should be a degree.
     
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  18. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    and what if you have a boyfriend that thinks studying is a complete waste of time and give you an " it or me" ultimative?

    Even though they know this is what you want to do.
     
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  19. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Dump him :)
     
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