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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Mr.Cheeks, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    Hi Guys and Gyals,

    Im struggling on my revision, just cant get my head to continue to revise on wkends! Does any one have any suggestions/tips? this is my usual week;

    Monday, work from 8 - 5 college 6 - 9
    Tues, work til 8 - 4 revis 7-9/10
    Wed, work from 8 - 5 college 6 - 9
    Thurs, work til 8 - 4 revis 7-9/10
    Fri Work til 8 - 3? revis 2hours?
    Sat 1-2 hours in library.

    When revising at home im using interactive cds and at the moment stripping and rebuilding my old machine, you probably read my post about PSU repairing (dont attempt it).

    Any suggestions?
  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    same boat as you! Its a bomber when you come home and barely keep the eyes open.. sometimes i sleep earlier and wake up ealier and study then. give it a try!
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  3. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    i wake up at half 6ish, i cant wake no earlier...
  4. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Try doing it this way, I know that this has worked for me in the past.

    Don't say to yourself "I'm going to do 2 hours today", Instead try and focus on reading up on a chapter of work per day, some days this will only take half an hour, other days significantly longer. When you've read the chapter, depending on how you're feeling of course, go back and make notes. Then apply your findings. Each chapter has a lab associated with it right?

    If you're in the mood of, 'I can't really be bothered', don't. You can't learn by forcing yourself material that your brain doesn't want to learn. Go on the internet instead and google for things relevant to what you are studying, you might find that a different perspective on something will re-ignite your will to learn, and motivate you to study.

    Ok, so my suggestion may take you longer to get the end result, but if you learn because you want to learn then the long term benefits will show.

  5. Celia

    Celia Bit Poster

    Well, because of my health condition I get extremely tired so the way I do it is to have a nap in the early evening around 6pm for about an hour, then do my revision when I wake up and I also set myself chapters to read and tasks to complete rather than saying I will do so many hours revision. Even an hours sleep helps, but you must set the alarm, and if you sleep in the early evening you still have 3 or 4 hours before you need to go to bed when you can study or whatever. I also sleep in my chair, not in bed, with a cushion tucked under my chin to stop neck ache. It's a bit like "power-napping" which I read about a few years back, where you take short naps during the day, usually at lunch, of no more than 20 minutes to revitalise yourself... and yes it does work cos I used to do it.

    I should also say I rarely sleep more than 5 or 6 hours a night anyway. But I find I get the tasks done quicker if I'm not tired and trying to push myself too far. Of course being on my own I can sleep whenever I want or need to. My ex used to fall asleep when he came home from work in the evening which used to annoy me, but now I can see the advantage, just don't sleep too long or it will have the opposite effect.

    Also take regular breaks, it's a psychological fact that the mind starts to wander after about 40 minutes intense concentration, so take a 10 minute break, get up walk around make a cup of tea, etc. You'll find that helps too and give yourself time to do something else as well, better to do 3x 40 minutes sessions over those 3 or 4 hours than try to cram it all in in one go, you'll find you have more energy. Learn to pace yourself, you're not invincible. All work and no play screws you up.
    Certifications: BSc, PGCE(1) 16+, ECDL, A+
    WIP: MCDST & N+
  6. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    I'd agree with Simon.
    Focus on a goal rather than a time scale.
    Some subjects will be tougher than others.
    The hard thing is you need to try and avoid distractions such as checking your emails, yet at the same time take a break when your head starts to fog.
    I've been studying for years and still don't always get it right.

    I've tried full time study, but to be honest it's too much for a really meaty course, you need to break it up.

    Then I go all unpredictable, do no studying for a few months then have a panic that I haven't done any work.

    I used to study in my lunch hour in work, which actually worked really well until someone sits next to you and says 'what are you doing?'

    I'm not offering this as advice by the way, just saying it's hard for everyone...
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  7. supag33k

    supag33k Kilobyte Poster

    Well I have found that just I focus on one thing at a time then move forward is the best way to get the runs on the board.

    In studying, especially revision, go after the stuff you are weakest on and make it your strength - handy if others in the job market have not done this.

    I am lucky in that I can grab a few hours a week at work.

    But having said all that - my biggest current problem is that I have discovered the X game universe...so it looks like the game will lose out eventually as I am concerned about my lack of study pace at the moment.
    (even if I can run it in the background whilst I cram up on stuff... :blink :rolleyes: )
    Certifications: MCSE (NT4/2000/2003/Messaging), MCDBA
    WIP: CCNA, MCTS SQL, Exchange & Security stuff
  8. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

    Hi TheCheekMaster,

    Learning time is different for veryone as you will have realised from the previous posts.

    Forget the hours, set yourself targets, in your case weekly. two chapters or two lessons as you are on CBT.

    Make sure that you can pass the assessments then move on. Go at your own pace, work and tiredness will always interupt. When tired you will always take at least 2-4 times longer to absorb the info, so adapt to how hard your day has been. Set a weekly target, not a daily target.

    It works!

    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  9. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    Thanks for your input everyone, i will try to do 2 chapters aday as it is CBT as the mo...

    One question though, i have 2 CBT references for A+ and will be getting 1 hdcopy as well? Could you ever have 2 much info on a subject or not? the hdcopy will be Mike Meyers...
  10. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    What do you think..............
  11. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    I think you cant, but the dude who is studying CCNA was saying i [TCM] have given him [CCNA] too much info; i gave him a simulator for the course, and 4 ebooks.

    I thought i'll ask you guys, cuz you guys have a more variety of knowledge than him.. hehe
  12. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Well, my personal opinion is knowledge is power, but at times there can be too much information! :blink

    One Overview Book
    One Exam Book
    One Non Exam Very Technical Book
    One Google.

    Too much information on the same subject can lead to confusion, hence why I'd suggest whats above. You need someting that expalins it simply, something that explains it complex, and something that expalins it in exam terms.


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