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Struggling with N+

Discussion in 'Network+' started by Vdubster187, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Vdubster187

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    Hi all,

    I am currently serving in the Royal Navy deployed away from home, I saw this as a great opportunity to revise N+ and sit the exam on my return to the UK. I have read Mike Myers AIO once and am now going over it again. I have also been watching CBT Nuggets training videos when I get the chance, my problem is its not sinking in and I am confused on what areas to focus on as there is so much information. I have basic networking experience in my current role, but I see this as more hands on experience not theory. Any suggestions on what main areas to focus on or any studying tips would be greatly appreciated.


    Many thanks

    Eddie
     
    Certifications: A+ (2009), MCDST, NVQ2 IT, CCNA, CCNA (S) MCP (70-290) McAfee NSP
  2. greenbrucelee
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    Get some practice exams and they will give you an indication of your weak areas. I would also advise getting Network+ by Todd Lammle.
     
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  3. Black Tortoise

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    Agree with GBL. You said your studying the M Meyers AIO book, it should have a practice exam CD on it. Do the exam and the end result will tell you which chapters to focus on.

    Also when your studying take simple study notes. Eg regarding security: firewall features are port blocking, MAC address filtering etc.
     
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  4. Shinigami

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    We all struggle now and then. Just keep at it, sometimes the learning curve is steep in the beginning. Bing/Google anything and everything you're even slightly confused about. Ask questions, reread, test when you can, and read publications by other people as well. Buy second hand cheap gear off eBay to see the physical components you never saw in real life and take them apart. Etc...

    Good luck :)
     
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  5. Black Tortoise

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    Just out of interest what position do you hold in the RN? I was serious about joining a few moons ago but their requirement for working in IT is the usual academic compliment and a Computing Degree (something I dont have)
     
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  6. GSteer

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    Agreed. Although this may not be an easy task if you're not land based.
     
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  7. Vdubster187

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    Hi BT,

    Thank you for your post, I am a junior rate working in the CIS branch divided into IT and communications. I imagine you looked into joining as an officer ITSO hence needing the Degree. You do not require any qualifications to enter the CIS branch this may change in the near future as it is becoming more IT based. I would join the RAF to be honest or the Royal Marines as they have dedicated branches for techs.

    I hope that is helpful

    Eddie
     
    Certifications: A+ (2009), MCDST, NVQ2 IT, CCNA, CCNA (S) MCP (70-290) McAfee NSP
  8. Vdubster187

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    Thanks GBL

    I will look into this one

    Eddie
     
    Certifications: A+ (2009), MCDST, NVQ2 IT, CCNA, CCNA (S) MCP (70-290) McAfee NSP
  9. Vdubster187

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    Shinigami,

    Thank you for the advice i will keep you informed how i get on when i sit the N+ exam


    Eddie
     
    Certifications: A+ (2009), MCDST, NVQ2 IT, CCNA, CCNA (S) MCP (70-290) McAfee NSP
  10. Black Tortoise

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    Cheers for the reply sailor.

    Also check out Proffesor Messers free Network + videos on youtube. He covers all N+ domains.
     
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  11. loca1hero

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    Having said that I passed with just Mike Meyers all-in-one fourth edition and some practice questions. One thing I would like to say here is that all the above recommendations are great but its really up to you to stick with one, if you find yourself comfortable with Todd then don’t go back to Mike’s book unless it’s a quick reference you want, sometime following two books side by side can confuse you even more. And also the videos and other things are good but no point watching loads of clips unless you don’t understand the underlining concept behind it I mean you could watch loads of videos on IP addressing but if you don’t know the basics of that it will make on sense.

    Above is just my opinion & ooh 'Good Luck' :thumbleft
     
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  12. Jayton

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    Keep at it mate.

    Get a notepad, read the book for 15 minutes, make a drink, sit down and write notes about what you've read. Read some more, take a quick break, come back and write more notes.
     
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  13. livingwater

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    I have just passed my Network+ and found it difficult at times. I learnt a lot from studying. Heres what I learnt:

    Keep one eye on the CompTIA objectives. These are good as they suggest what topics (objectives) are important. You can download them from the CompTIA website and are also in the back of Meyers book. They are a lot to take in so break them down into manageable chunks. For example, before you read chapter 10 in his book, read the objectives in the back of the book that relate to chapter 10.

    I found the Professor Messer videos good after reading Meyers as he follows the objectives tightly and lists them before every video.

    Finally, do not use too many sources. I just used these two (mainly) as using too many can get confusing.

    Just my two pennies worth. Take what you like and leave the rest
     
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