My Study Strategy – Study Guides

In this series of short articles, I thought I would share with you a little information regarding the resources that I use and the strategies I have implemented to help me prepare for Cisco my CCNA and CCNP certification exams.

Let’s start with the subject of study guides. There is much debate across the interwebs regarding the different books available to help the aspiring student prepare for a Cisco exam. Yup don’t have to look too far to see that it is a hotly debated topic; Cisco Press vs Wiley & Sons, Odom vs Lammle, the debates are endless.

Honestly, I think all of the popular well-known guides are all very good, and in fact would recommend picking up more than one book if you can stretch to it on which to base your exam preparations on, as I have found having more than one author’s perspective on any given topic usually ensures you’ll cover the subject matter more thoroughly.

Of course, this can come at a price as sometimes these guides don’t always come cheap, and often being such weighty tomes can prove a pain to carry around with you, especially if you’re the sort of person who can make use of their commute to work or school to cram in a little extra study time.

An alternative option and something that I do is subscribe to O’Reilly’s Safari and is something I would encourage any IT Professional regardless if they are working towards certificates or not to subscribe to too.

The monthly cost is negligible, at $39 per month it really is a great investment as it gives you access to all the content you would possibly need to help prepare for your exams on your tablet, smartphone or PC.

In fact, it provides access to all the Cisco Press and Wiley & Sons study guides (so that settles the Odom vs Lammle debate) along with a huge library of other equally useful study guides and technical reference books.

And what’s really cool is their entire library is searchable; think about that, you need to brush up on any given subject matter whether it’s for an exam or a project at work you just search for it and O’Reilly’s Safari will return all the book’s chapters that cover that subject that you could possibly need to review.

And O’Reilly’s Safari doesn’t just end at books, they’re building a library of high-quality video content (often produced by the same authors of the popular study guides). So if you’re the type of person who finds CBT type content helpful then you may also want to consider looking at O’Reilly’s Safari too.

Honestly, I can’t speak highly enough of this service, If I were asked what’s the one thing I would recommend making an investment in, it’s this.

So go check it

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