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Making Time For Certification Study

By  Oct 22, 2008

Topics: Certification

The scenario: you are unhappy with your current professional position. You have resolved to attain one or more IT certifications in order to gain a stronger foothold in the job market. However, your day job duties are intense, and your family obligations keep you busy in the evenings. When and how can you find the time to study for your exams?

Audio Training

How long is your commute to and from work each day? Pretty long, eh? And what do you do during your commute? How about listen to some IT certification training?

I'm good friends with the folks at PrepLogic; they offer a collection of Audio Training CDs that you might find useful.

As an IT certification candidate with a busy schedule you need stand ready, willing, and able to capitalize on any opportunity to gain and retain content knowledge. Discipline, my friends: discipline!

Computer-Based Training

If you carry a laptop, then you have no excuse not to take advantage of computer-based training. Some students find CBTs to be the latest cure for insomnia. However, you are going to have to get over your prejudices against this learning medium post-haste if you plan to earn new certs and obtain your next position in the industry.

Some excellent players in the CBT arena are as follows:

"Crib Sheet" Titles

Whether you are waiting for your clothes to dry at the laundromat, or riding the train home from work, you can spend those extra minutes studying for your certification exam. For instance, PrepLogic offers these wonderful (and free!) "crib sheets" they call 15-Minute Guides for the most popular IT certification exams.

Of course, we have the Exam Cram series at Pearson; I myself used these to study for my very first IT certifications (MCP in Windows 95 and eventually the MCSE in Windows NT 4.0).

Happy studying!