Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:02 PM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:02 PM
Hi, Like you I'm hoping to pass first time. I've taken a distance learning course but I think plenty of tests is good to consolidate what you learn. I find writing out flash card is good to get the knowledge to stick in my mind and I can use the cards to revise as well. If you can get an old PC to work on it gives you practical experience as well. Best of luck, Jeff
Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:59 PM
After you finish studying (from whatever book), take end of chapter quizzes. If you do well, move on, if not, revise. Take few practice tests that comes with the book or download from here. If you consistently score 85% or above, statistically speaking, you have a higher probably of passing these tests. Don't rush through the study material, take your time, understand, digest, revise and if needed, make notes so that particularly troublesome material sticks.
Also, get a used cheap PC from someone, or buy one on sale. Open it, break it, fix it, study parts, how to replace things, what kind of POST errors are generated when you disconnect certain devices, play with BIOS settings, install, update, modify operating system, tweak various system settings, play with the various command line utilities. All these experience will go long way and you will finally start to connect the dots between theory and real PC.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to shoot away.
Edited by timtom22, 01 November 2011 - 02:03 PM.
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