Earlier this year when I wrote up my resolutions for the year I promised myself that I would write more, but it seems like I’ve been falling behind on that front. I don’t know if a single post in more than a month can make me feel any better about letting my resolution lapse, but I’m going to give it a try. Let’s just call this post a March Update and call it a day.
What have I been doing? Well, aside from working a lot, I’ve been learning a lot. I’m currently working on the Microsoft 70-680 exam, and I hope to be ready to take it in a few weeks. Today I made a list of all the exams that I need to take for the Microsoft certifications that I want so I can more easily make a plan of attack. Once those are done, I would like to work on some CompTia exams. I don’t really need the CompTia exams, but they’re something that I really want. Since I’ve been working in the Information Technology field (11+ years) those exams have always been hanging over my head. I just want to get them done so I can say that I’ve passed them. It’s more for me than my resume, though it will make my resume look awesome at the same time.
I’ve finally found a system that works for me with studying for exams. I can’t read a book and learn what I need to know, that just doesn’t work for me. It never really has. I have to see it, and I have to be lectured on it. So, for me, I’ve found that watching CBT’s from a source like CBTNuggets.com or TrainSignal.com really make the most impact for me. I can watch a CBT once and remember the majority of the content whereas I could read an entire chapter in a technical book and remember absolutely nothing about what I just read.
You know, it’s weird. Over the last couple of years I’ve really learned a lot about myself and how I think. I’ve learned the methods of learning that work for me, and the methods that don’t. I’ve also learned that I have limits for certain types of activities and that if I feel like I’m getting overwhelmed, I need to pull things back a bit. I think all of that self discovery has made me a better learner and a better person. I feel like my mind is more organized and I also feel like I am in better control of my thoughts. It only took 30 years, eeh?
Finallly, I’ve been trying to watch one Khan Academy video and one TED talk a day. As of today I’ve watched 302 Khan Academy videos and 276 TED talks. Just thought I’d make a record of that somewhere.