Study Tips – Retain What You Read

April 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Study Tips

Most of us spend at least some of our study time for the next great IT Certification reading from books, whitepapers, or online documentation. But how effective this process is depends on how much we retain! Here are some tips for retaining more as you read!

  • Stop and reflect – just read some really important facts about a technology? Look away from the material and really think and reflect on it. This will help retention immensely. It is something we often forget to do because we are typically trying to study as quickly as possible.
  • Repeat, then repeat – consider drills, flash cards, or exercises, and consider doing them over a nice long period. Most recommend repetition over long-stage, spaced intervals to keep information fresh. Reinforcing new concepts every week or two helps it become known facts.
  • Create a catchy word or phase – the famous All People Seem To Need Data Processing or Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away is so famous because it works! One I learned from Keith Barker is the Port Security violation modes in Cisco networking. I always struggled to remember which one did not log and violations and was not recommended by Cisco. He taught me to just remember them in alphabetical order. P – R – S. Protect – Restrict – Shutdown. I never forgot that Protect is the lame one again as that order also reflects action severity!
  • Remove distractions – the ping of a cell phone, a desk photograph, music, e-mail – and of these might take you out of the zone you want to be in while reading!
  • Make connections – try and tie what you learn into other facts that you have memorized. The OSI Model is a great example of this as you can place new technologies in their appropriate layer and make connections with surrounding technologies.
  • Prioritize what counts – as you are reading, constantly reflect on what the most important information is so you can really focus on that!

Power Google Search Usage – Part 4

September 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Screenshot 2015-09-07 14.44.19Here is my final installment in power Google search tips – have fun!

19 – Page Titles – want to be really specific with your search? You can restrict it to just page titles with intitle:eigrp for example.

20 – Use Google on your Site – check out www.google.com/cse to use the Google search technology for your own Web site.

21 – Advanced Search – having trouble remembering all the syntax for the various advanced search options? Just use www.google.com/advanced_search. It is the GUI method! 🙂

22 – Choose your Source – use the source: command to filter content – for example Cisco Systems source:techradar. Don’t forget to click on NEWS after this search for it to work.

23 – Catch a Movie – need a study break? Search on showtimes – you can even follow that with a location.

24 – Conversions – try things like 20 GBP in USD or 12 cm in inches.

25 – Plain Language – try using plain language in your searching like “What is the stratum in NTP?”

I sure hope you enjoyed these 25 tips for power Google use.

Power Google Search Usage – Part 3

September 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Screenshot 2015-09-07 14.44.19

Here are more great tips on power Google searching! Check out the IT Cert category of this blog for the previous parts of this series.

14 – Stay Anonymous – want to eliminate Google from tracking what you are up to as you search? Be sure to log out of your Google account. Just click your image in the top right and choose Sign Out.

15 – Get More Search Results – if you want to see more than 10 results on a page for your Google search – click the cog in the top right of a Google search. Choose Search Settings. Disable instant search predictions and then you can set how many results you want returned for each search. Keep in mind that asking for too many per page can really slow down a system.

16 – SafeSeach – in order to eliminate most violent and inappropriate content that could show up in a search – you can use the SafeSearch feature by clicking the cog in the top right of a search. You can even lock this setting in the Search Settings option.

17 – WebCam Views! – Search for inurl:view/view.shtml in order to peep in on WebCam views from around the world. OK, OK – now get back to studying!

18 – Trends? – want to blog about something people around the world are searching for? Check out www.google.com/trends

Come back tomorrow for more cool tips!