harro!It's been over 10 years since I was in full time education, but I've just spent the last 3 weeks on all of the above courses... now, the last 3, I know I have to put a lot of extra work in to pass, but the A+ should be no problemo for me, even the IT Technician bit, as I've been doing the jobs for years... so, I just want to know if any of you have any tips for revising subjects and the like?I mean, I've been an IT technician since I had my first computer really, because I've always loved figuring out how things work, but the only formal qualification I have is a college diploma in Computing, and even for the A+, even though I know the subject, I keep making stupid mistakes on the exam questions, and I don't like it :SI wish that there could be a practical exam for me to do, but it's all theory... for the 601 and 602 exams, that's 190 questions, 100 for 601, and 90 for 602 out of a pool over around 1500 questions... I know the subject backwards, but if I make stupid mistakes on this, how'm I going to pass the other 3 which I've only learned over the last few weeks???As you can see, I'm one of lifes natural worriers, even though I try to tell myself, and everyone else not to worry about things, and I've been stressing majorly! I try to put on a brave face for my friends and everyone else I know, but I'm just worried sick, and I have both the 601 and 602 exams for A+ scheduled for tomorrow... any tips would be greatly appreciated that anyone uses for studyI have the exam engines, so I've been going through those as well as reading the A+ book (which, considering the subject content is a mammoth book!!!) ... I guess that's all I can do, is keep doing the mock tests on the engine, but I just wanna know if anyone's got any tips for avoiding stupid mistakes, cuz some of the questions, when I read them back as I'm marking the mocks, it's obvious that I've got it wrong, because I didn't read the question right and such :S
Lots of people have different ways of studying. Some read passages, then summarize them in their own words. Others just do as many questions as they can out of the book.
I personally try to memorize one particular idea at a time. When I can recite the whole thing in my head I move onto the next idea. Once I can repeat that second idea, I then repeat the first one in my head too, and if I can't remember it I go back to it and re-memorize it. I rinse repeat this for hours, always going back at the end of every idea to see if I can remember all the past ideas I've learnt too.
This method generally works best for theory based questions, for maths I often just focused on doing questions over and over.
Get as much sleep as you can - the more tired you are the more mistakes you'll make. Read the question carefully first and don't be in a hurry to finish it. In particular, in each question check in case the second half of the question (easily overlooked once you think you know the answer) changes your answer.
While taking the exam, It might be a good idea to read the question, find the answer you think is correct, and then re-read the question to make sure.You shouldn't need to rush it, read the question slowly.
Thanks for the words of advice folks, just thought that I'd check in, as it's Saturday afternoon, and I'm now rather chillaxed, and thinking about getting a nice haircut, as I'm majorly in need, as I'm back in work on Tuesday (le sigh, not much time left in the forces, then I can grow my hair properly! woo hoo!!).
Anyhoo, just wanted to say thanks for the advice... my natural worrying gets to me a bit, but I managed to have a few minutes before just to breathe deeply, so I didn't go off the deep end when I got in the exam room... I did however almost manage to knock the monitor off and send the keyboard/mouse flying when I went into the room though, as I tried to pull my chair under the table a little to far!!!! lol
As I suspected, a few of the questions did catch me out, which is always annoying, but on the essentials exam, I got 795/900, which apparently is stupidly high for the subject, and for the technician exam, I got 860/900 which is one of the highest marks ever seen... so obviously, revision and kind words worked wonders :smile:
Anyway, I'm gonna go get my hair cut now... mmmmm, I love being pampered at the hairdressers... and yes, I'm a man, and yes, I'm definately straight, I just can't help that I like to get pampered :wink: I just love letting someone wash my hair and do the whole scalp massage thing :smile: and of course, hair cut... awesome :smile: