According to Brett Lovins 11/9/2012 Community Cafe blog over on the Cisco Learning Network (entitled “How to Prevent Procrastination“), Cisco has just posted the sixth and final installment of its “Cisco Exam Preparation – Studying for Results” Learning Series online. This free series of online video-based lectures comes from Dr. Stephanie Burns, and aims to provide interesting answers to this question: “How can people get the most our of their learning efforts as they strive for Cisco Certifications.” Dr. Burns has her PhD in Adult Learning, and bases her materials on her studies of the habits and strategies that accomplished and successful cert-holders use to achieve their learning goals. This makes for very nicely targeted materials that zero in on best study habits and practices that should also be strongly correlated with positive outcomes on cert exams, too.
A list of titles for all six parts of this series is pretty illustrative of its contents, each of which offers anywhere from four to seven self-contained video “lessons” that run from 4.5 to almost 14 minutes in length (for complete information click the “Show Titles” link after any of the six parts on the series’ home page):
Part One: Techniques for Making Learning Memorable
Part Two: Learning from Text, Formally Known As Reading
Part Three: Getting the Most from Text – New Words, Terms and Acronyms
Part Four: Getting the Most from Diagrams – Images, Flow Charts, Topologies
Part Five: Getting the Most from Lectures – Live or Recorded
Part Six: Overcoming Procrastination and Myths
This stuff is well worth digging into, even if your interests lie outside the Cisco certification world. Though the examples and illustrations are all perforce drawn from that world, the information, tips, and best practices it covers apply to just about any cert program around. Be sure to check it out: good stuff!