I think I've been studying for most of my life.
I left school and joined the police and had to study law for 15 weeks. Then I studied for the sergeants exam, then detectives exams. Then I went into IT and studied for the A+, Network+, MCSE, CCNA and CCNP.
Heck, I'm even studying now for more Cisco exams.
I'll discuss dealing with the usual challenges life throws at you in another post. For now, I just want to cover how to study meaning which method has worked for me consistently over the years.
I find a quiet place, be it my home office, garden shed, spare office at work or my car. I have a study plan of what I'm going to study each day. I also like to mix up reading theory, hands on labs, exams or flash cards. I tend to start with theory but quickly follow up with labs so I can make sense of all the commands.
Even before it's begun to sink in I'm into the exams and flash cards. I know I'll probably be getting 20% to start with but I don't care. That's what practise exams are there for.
I set my stopwatch for 50 minutes and I study. No phone calls, no Facebook, no surfing the web. Once those 50 minutes are up I have a timed 10 minute break where I can grab a coffee, check my messages or whatever. At 10 minutes the timer goes off and I'm into another 50 minutes.[quote float=”left”]The 50:10:50 system works like a dream.[/quote]
If you can do that you get two great quality study sessions. Anything extra is a bonus of course but you can feel pleased that you have taken another step closer to attaining your study goal.