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Sitting 294 this Friday

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jk2447, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All,
    Just had an "interesting" talk with the other half at this late hour and it seems I do study too much, its not just me that thinks so. . . .

    Its been a busy year this year, no holidays to speak of, a lot of pressure in and out of work and a killer study schedule. To cut a long story short my family have had enough of the late nights, revision days and hours in front of my laptop at home, and so have I to be honest. I wouldn't normally put myself under so much pressure but my current employer . . . . I won't bore you with that.

    Instead of moaning about it I've cancelled CompTIA Project+, dropping all 685/686 study (but may sit the exams to try my luck) and moved 70-294 to this coming Friday morning! Watched CBT Nuggets twice, skimmed MS Pressbook, experience from work and playing with my virtual lab setup at home.

    I really hope I can pass this exam because I need to get some form of social life back and spend more time taking my family out and about. If I pass, only 298 to do and as I sat the official MS course for that back in June I'm going to try my luck sitting that 3 weeks later I think.

    I'm off to bed now, my eyes feel deep fried

    James
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Good night James and good luck with your new plans 8)
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Work can wait... family's always more important.
     
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  4. craigie

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    Matey, I know exactly how you feel.

    I'm in a slightly different position as my wife knows that the work I put in now will equate to higher earnings potential in the future, but you have to get the work life balance right bud.
     
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  5. jk2447

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    Thanks fellas. I only started with my employer 4 months ago but all of their Team Leaders that run teams like mine have their MCSE hence them being on my case. I think its just a box they like to tick to reassure our clients but they have linked it into my annual bonus I'll get next year so the incentive is there.

    I've told my girl if I pass this exam friday it could only be 3 more weeks of this then she'll have me back for good. I can't blame her for saying something, I've been a shadow of my former self this year. She understands its something I have to do but when you are living with a study bore like me it mustn't be much fun. Not long left keep telling myself, stay focussed :eek:

    On another note, 11 weeks until Christmas!!!! :biggrin Hope you all been saving :D
     
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    Dropping the two Win 7 Betas, going to concentrate on my two remaining MCSE exams then my WIP will be solely family time. Thanks for your advice all. James
     
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  7. Sparky
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    Good call to just focus on the remaining exams for the MCSE. It can drag on if you look at different exams etc.

    Once done you can chill. :biggrin
     
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  8. jk2447

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    Thanks Sparky, be heaven just to leave my laptop and server at home, off for a week or two :biggrin
     
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    Just moved this to next Thursday. I'm going to go for a meal with my girl instead of studying tonight I think. Let you know how I get on next week. Jim
     
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  10. jk2447

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    Sat 294 at 9am and . . . . . . . . . . . FAILED!

    To say I'm gutted is an understatement. Scored 623 :cry:

    44 Questions in 150 minutes and 2 labs. I know where I went wrong, I worked until 2am last night and by the time I got to my Prometric, I was already half an hour late due to traffic and the car park being full, meaning I had to walk from quite far away.

    I'll probably sit it again in 2 weeks but right now I can't be bothered reading or doing anything. I'm off today so gonna get some beers in and have a go on Operation Flashpoint to chill out, feel really stressed and disappointed in myself, and whilst I don't mind paying for exams, paying for resits winds me up (I'm starting to realise as I have failed 3 now!).

    James
     
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  11. onoski

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    Hi James,

    Sorry to hear you've failed this exam but don't get too down by it as I too have failed other exams and it's not a nice feeling. This is with regards that you've worked hard and done everything right.

    I have however realised that the MS exams need not just only the MS books and labs to prepare for the actual exam but a good test prep i.e. SelftestSoftware and Transcender and a huge investment. I believe if you can purchase Transcender and go through and through every MS exam sat can be conquered. Best regards and keep up the good work.

    Believe it or not am inspired by your efforts and tenacity:)
     
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    Thanks very much mate but I don't know why :oops: Think I'm more gutted becuase I was looking forward to winding my stupid amount of studying down. . . guess a few more weeks won't hurt :rolleyes:

    On a different note just spoke to my boss who told me I don't have to get my MCSE this year to ensure I get a better bonus, as I had initially been lead to believe, mine and my teams work is enough this year :biggrin

    Once I pick myself up I'm still going to finish it this year now after all this hard work.
     
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  13. craigie

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    Hard luck matey.

    I'm sure you will nail it next time.
     
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  14. dazza786

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    What a shi**er :( Sorry to hear that mate!
    I'm sure #2 is due to be slain. From what you've said, you've had a lot of pressure recently and thats only the stuff that you've mentioned! So it's not surprising you haven't performed your best... anyway.
    You got any holidays left? I think you should take some well earned days off. Can't beat a lazy day sat playing games in boxers with a bit of the old tackle hanging out :p
     
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  15. jk2447

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    I've got 5 days left mate so gonna make sure I get some good rest/family time in. I love lazy games + beer days, have to have one soon, its been ages. Thanks mate
     
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  16. wagnerk
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    Sorry to hear that you failed, you'll do better next time.

    However very glad to hear that you're spending more time with the family mate :)

    -Ken
     
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    Ah thanks Ken, Yep, might of failed 294 but got an Doctorate in being a good dad ha ha I know I'm lame!
     
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  18. Sparky
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    Not the end of the world mate. Have a few beers then start over. :biggrin
     
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  19. danielno8

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    echo everyone else's comments, You'll nail it next time, for now just enjoy some respite :)
     
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  20. BosonMichael
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    I'd rather be a good dad than pass 294. 8)
     
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