My Learning Experiences
Posted 09 June 2007 - 02:19 AM
So, now everyone knows a bit who is talking. On taking exams I consider my self as experienced. I want to give some advice and make some remarks. First... paper MCSE... on my opinion nairly everybody who has no experience is a paper MCSE no matter how you studied. The questions that we get don't reflect the reality. Imagine that a Systems Engineer with ten years experience must make the seven exams without learning... he would probably dramaticly fail. Walk along the questions and ask yourself witch of them would he ever had in real live. Many questions go about stuff that you'll probable never encounter. Most off the stuff that you will encounter aren't in the exams. Please walk along the questions, and imagine when you would get them in real live. Futhermore, if you studied very hard and know hardly everything, is that a garrantee that you would be a good systems engineer ? or even a support engineer ? In my opinion you must have a certain insight that you cannot learn. If you encounter a problem, instantly several possible solutions must come to your mind. You can not get that by learning alone. With that gift you can get MCSE on the easy TK and P4S way and still be a good systems engineer. So do not judge anybody untill you have seen him on the job... not knowing what to do. Back in 1999 I met an experienced systems engineer on my exam that failed on one exam three times and I passed three different exams. Why ? In reallity you must make other choices then you must make on exams, he had 17 years of experience, he couldn't learn it on the microsoft way. I had no experience and was blank in 1999 and learned the microsoft way and passed everytime. Now 2006 /2007 I studied TK and P4S very hard to pass the tests, but to know my thing... three computer... ISA + Exchange + Client and try even more than what is in the questions.
If I had doubts on a question... sadikhov... examcollection.... google... and then most often Technet. Three days to school and every evening, saterday and sunday... browsing and learning. After every exam I knew more and the latest exams it's paytime twice 1000 points and one credential after the other... So, if your beginning... the first are the hardest but then they get easier ( if you really study ) then comes the sweet. If you just learn TK and P4S it keeps difficult. Some people love CBT nuggets, I didn't, I fall a sleep. The best are in my opinion [productbanned]s then TestOuts, then [productbanned]. [productbanned] shows how you do it on the server, the client etc. So not to get passed alone but to get qualified also.
Posted 09 June 2007 - 04:43 AM
Posted 09 June 2007 - 05:19 AM
Getting a cetification does not mean you can cut it in real life. You learn far more on the job day to day, after a few years on the right job you really learn it, help of experienced colleges speeds up the process. Another IT job or the about same job with antoher company helps, you probably experience other things you haven't seen before.
But if you put in the time to study with help of books, courses and all the other stuff at hand it speeds up the process even more. Plus it adds some structure and insights you don't always find on the job. Overall there's more to learn and a study to become, for instance, a mcse is a good way to motivate yourself to learn.
I start working in the IT field in 1989, the DOS age. When I graduated I thought (or wished) I never had to learn again. Now I force myself to keep up, going for some certifications is one way of motivating myself to do it. And let's behonest, a certificate to add to the list is always welcome and helps to find another job if you want it.
And everytime I learn new things, in books, on courses and even on a TK I sometimes find answers of problems I encountered on the job.
I guess the main point is; how you study doesn't matter that much, books, courses, TK's, experience. Pick the mix that's right for yourself, everything is better then doing no study at all and you always get better by that one way or the other.
Posted 10 June 2007 - 01:36 AM
Posted 10 June 2007 - 03:25 PM
Even in the minimal stage of those who ONLY learned their materials through Pass4sure or TestKing, one can see how the questions are leading to - a certain way/style that one can related to once they analyze the questions altogether. I've followed an MOC instructor for the duration of my MCSE course, and I notice that he did things in a CERTAIN particular way (AGUDLP, LSDOU, etc). He would explain it to us why he would do it in such a fashion, and then we are to practice it in the labs that he had designed - in such similar fashion that Microsoft had design the test and questions. The labs themselves had enforced the learning experience and had greatly help my understanding of the Test's questions and purpose. To train MCSE in a certain standard and style that is acceptablely called MCSE. Sure, everyone can learn networking and passed tests as well and became a Network Engineer for X years. But they won;t be called an MCSE until they have gone through it the way Microsoft had design it.
It is true that when it comes to handling Real-Life situation, people will definitely handle it differently. Naturally, experience would broadened people's mind and their possibility of solutions and handling the situation. So keep learning, and hopefully, it will become easier as we go along.
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