CCIE Study Techniques

I get a lot of emails from people who read my blog asking my how I study. For most people they think I can tell them a magic formula, but the truth of the matter is that there isn't one. You can also check out my Top 10 Study Tips You need to try all the different methods and see what works best for you. Watch a video and after you have finished ask yourself what have you learned? Do you know more about that technology that  you did before you watched the video? Did you fall asleep? Did you do something else whilst having the video playing in the background? For me videos are a great way to take something in whilst I am doing something else. e.g I would rather watch an ATC video whilst cleaning the kitchen than having … [Read more...]

How to double your CCIE Study time

For those of you starting out on your journey to the CCIE certification, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material you have to get through. Now there have always been methods to study faster and one of the main ones was always speed reading, now this may be great for some or for reading a story but for me trying read faster than my brain can process never worked. I like watching videos, I always have a few ATC videos from INE or some Cisco Live presentations on my phone which I can watch at any time I have 15 minutes. I don't really watch TV as it annoys me. But I have discovered a great tip for watching videos on my laptop. First you need to get a copy of VLC Player from here - … [Read more...]

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones for CCIE Study

bose noise cancelling headphones

I have just purchased some Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones to help me with my CCIE Study. In a recent vseminar from INE Brian Dennis said one of the key factors to successful study was to get disconnected. Turn of your email, twitter, facebook etc and focus on your study. I have found that the sound of my CCIE rack which is in the same room as I study in is distracting in itself, so I purchased some bose noise cancelling headphones. The result is nothing short of amazing. You put the headphones on and flick the switch and 90% of the background noise just disappears. If you have not heard of bose noise cancelling headphones before they basically have a microphone on the inside and outside of the headphones which constantly monitor the … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Neck Pain during CCIE study

how to reduce neck pain during ccie study

It’s a dilemma that is facing thousands of CCIE students every day; how can I avoid neck pain when I have to spend hours and hours studying? Luckily there are a few easy tips and tricks to fix this problem, and for the most part they don’t cost a lot of money.  Some however take a bit of energy, but it’s energy well used and can keep your neck feeling great. The first thing to keep in mind is that the neck, or rather the 7 cervical vertebrae that make up the part of the spine we call the neck, has a very special curve that some refer to as the ‘arc of life’.  It’s a curvature that we need to maintain in order to make sure that the nerves that branch off from the spinal cord don’t get pinched.  And therein lays the problem. You see, … [Read more...]

CCIE study plan

Well today is the day I finally start my journey to become a CCIE. I have been in networking now for about 5 years soley in the Cisco field so I have a good amount of experience. Not much in Mulitcast, IPv6, BGP and MPLS so I am looking forward to learning more about them! I have attended a few courses over the years and passed my written in June last year. So I have only 6 months left to make my first attempt. So I have booked the lab for 21st December 2010. I am using Internetworkexperts materials and have purchased their entire self paced learning package. I have a full rack at work to lab on so that is good and I have sole access to it. I am booked on INE's 6 day bootcamp at the end of August, so that gives me 79 days … [Read more...]