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I hate reading books

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 / 2016' started by adeelmpk, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. adeelmpk

    adeelmpk Bit Poster

    I am half the way through for 70-290 exam preparation using Testout CBT and planning for exam & complere MCSE course. I really cannot sit and read a book/e-book for more than 30-45 mins. I know MS press has really excellent standardised books to prepare you for exam as compared to CBT's. Do I have any other option if I want to get all the training without really sitting & reading the book or I just need to build temper to read books :( ?
    Some substitute which could provide me at least the level of knowledge which MS press book can provide.
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Have a look at this thread http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/thread20162.html

    You can also get full video training from places like preplogic but they are quite expensive.
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  3. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    Simply put - don't do it!
    Do the most that you can do and then walk away from it (ironically, this is my break from reading the 70-271 MS Press book) and do something else - play a computer game, spend time with the wife/kids/dog, do another hobby...... watch TV. Research has shown that MOST people can only study for about 45 minutes at a time anyway.

    If you're in a rush to do your exam - 45 mins reading, 15 mins playing elsewhere - and repeat.

    If you're not in a rush and want to learn the material well, spend 45 mins reading but only do it once or twice a day/evening. Takes longer and you won't get as bored.

    I've tried a number of different videos to watch and learn especially for the A+. Some are good, some are not so good, but I felt that none of them really got down to the bones of the subject. They explained it, but in not as much detail as I would have liked (ie, maybe enough for the exam, but not enough for me to be satisfied) - but then I do have high demands :biggrin

    Another idea, virtual machines. Use VMWare or the Microsoft version, and install whatever it is you're studying at the time.... I think it would be 2003 Server for the 70-290.... Get used to the software and learn the objectives you were just reading about. Each of the lessons in my MS press book seem around 15-70 minutes long, read one of those an evening and spend the rest of the time implementing it in your lab.
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  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    It probably isn't a good idea to abandon text-based learning completely. I'd recommend augmenting video training with hardcopy, ebook, and web-based information sources...in the latter category, especially TechNet. Just limit the amount of text reading you do to 30 to 45 minutes a shot.
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  5. stutheview

    stutheview Byte Poster

    I agree with derkit. That's the sort of thing I do. When I was cramming for my Net+ I started studying for hours at a time in the evening, and it kept giving me a headache. By taking a break I found I actually could do more. (As long as the break doesn't take up too much time!) :)
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  6. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

    My advice? Stop reading e-books, and start reading real books. You will find your eyestrain greatly reduced, and a much improved ability to concentrate for longer periods of time.

    I love studying from books. I don't study as well from e-books or online. The one thing I have done that I have found really helps when the only resources I have available on some subject are online or e-books is to read a short section, then write online notes on what I just read, go back and read more, write more notes, etc..... That helps me a lot for online reading/studying. With a paper book, I simply don't require it.
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  7. adeelmpk

    adeelmpk Bit Poster


    Thanks for your reply, I have Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Evaluation version, I am not sure what It does ...
    I have installed a 180 day evaluation version of Win 2K3 Enterprise Version and playing with it while preparing for 70- 290. Do you know what Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 is really for ?
  8. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I always have at least one "real book" next to my bed... and usually several. I greatly prefer them to e-books.
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  9. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    With MS's version of virtualisation I don't know - I use VMWare personally.

    This Linky seems to explain more.
    Looking at it it seems Enterprise level virtualisation, it may not be what you want - but as I said I know nowt about it from MS.
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  10. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    I agree. There is something nice about having a book to hold and read - also looks good on the shelf :biggrin

    It's the same with magazines, I have a couple on subscription and I prefer to read them that to reading online
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  11. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster


    The fact of the matter is that reading can be fun as well as needs effort. Bottom line, nothing is easy so put in the effort and get the results. Sorry if this sounds harsh but its the truth:)
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