Ok, so you’ve taken your classes, and now you’re ready to start studying for the big exams. Here’s what you need to do before you take your exams.
1. Set up your practice lab.
In my last post, I told you what you need for setting up a practice lab. It’s important that you have some hands-on experience before you take the exam.
2. Study 2-3 hours a day for 4 weeks before the exam.
When I say study, I mean read your book and then practice whatever technique or skill you’re reading about in your practice lab. Include weekends—you owe it to yourself to equip yourself with as much knowledge as you can.
3. Read 1 Chapter of your A+ or Network+ books each night.
Funny thing—whatever you put into head before you go to sleep continues to process overnight. This is not a new technique, geniuses over the ages have been practicing similar techniques to improve comprehension, solve problems, and create new inventions. Try it, see how fast you assimilate new knowledge.
4. Make Flashcards of A+ and Network+ vocabulary terms and carry them with you at all times.
Yes, the age-old practice does work! When you’re standing in line at McDonald’s or happen to be at the Department of Motor Vehicles at the wrong time, bust out your 3”x5″ index card database and start going over vocabulary terms. Tony Robbins says that “repetition is the mother of skill,” and my certification list is living proof of that.
5. The night before the test, sleep, party, or both, but don’t study.
Cramming the night before will not get you past the test. This is not high school or college. This is industry certification, and your actual knowledge is what counts. If you’ve followed the first 4 protocols, you’ll know your stuff for the exam. Be confident in your knowledge.
Ok, you know what to do. Now do it.
In my next post, I’ll tell you what I do to make Exam Day as stress-free as possible.
Your friendly neighborhood instructor,