Well, I knocked out the BGP-4 Configuration Handbook in one night/sitting. Of course, I had to sacrifice not watching NCIS this evening, but I'm sure they'll show that episode again.
The question was raised (and has been asked many times throughout my studies): With you reading so much so fast, don't you lose most of it? Actually, I find the opposite to be true. [YMMV] If I read slowly, by the time I'm done with the last book, I've totally forgotten what I read in the first one. Which is why I'm 're-reading' the Troubleshooting Remote Access book (again) next... The other thing that I noticed early-on is that much of this material is repetitive and cumulative. If you read BGP -- BGP Design -- BGP Configuration ... over and over you will read the order in which BGP evaluates routes, mandatory and optional attributes, etc Same thing with OSPF and the list of LSA types. You really don't need to take notes. And that makes the reading go faster. THEN... once you're done reading "The List," you read a summary book like The CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide. This will summarize what you read (over and over) and *that's* where you take your notes and then study your notes.
Of course, if you're studying a smaller block of material, it makes it a little tougher. In the case of a test with 3 books on the material, you take notes on all 3... and then study your notes.
And now the pile on the table is getting smaller and the bookshelf is getting filled. I'm almost there.
Earl Nightingale said many years ago that one hour per day of study in your chosen field was all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.
The reason that this is so very true is that very few people put in such a sustained effort. In fact, most people put in just enough effort to keep themselves from being embarrassed... Yeah. It's tough. The hardest part of all this is the strength to keep doing it until it's done. There's a lot of times I think - hey, I just studied hard the last 4 nights in a row - I need a break. But I know that sometimes one break leads to another and another. So I compromise with myself. If I just do a smaller section than the one I planned, I can have one or two shows. So far, I've been able to trick myself into getting more accomplished this way. But, I will admit -- it isn't easy by any means.
Thanks to all of those who have encouraged me and gave me the strength to continue studying. I couldn't do this without you.
Posted by BlueWolf on March 10, 2009 10:29 PM