Hello.

I’ve mostly disdained the idea of a technology blog. There are so many out there. So many ideas and so many purported thought leaders. I’ve always had this idea in my head that everything, good and bad, is covered by someone in some way. How does one differentiate themselves? I finally have some ideas on how.

It seems that everything can be and is delivered as a service so why not me? Hank as a service.

As I get started and try writing with some consistancy I think I’ll start with my thoughts for the day. Maybe based on something that interested me in the technology space.

Today I’m going to talk about studying for exams. There are seemingly infinite ways to study. There’s always at least one person trying to tell you the best way to study. We all learn learn differently so there is no cookie cutter way that’s going to work for everyone. Certainly you should keep an open mind and listen to what others have to say, but what it really comes down to is what works for you and what is going to make that lightbulb go off in you head.

I remember when I was learning to work in binary for the first time. It seemed insurmountable. There were what seemed like 20 ways to convert binary. There was the 2^8, 3^8…. method, the places method, 128, 64, 32, 16, 8,4 2, 1 and the realization that counting in binary (base-2) is the same has counting in decimal (base-10) which we spent our entire childhood learning in school. For me, that realization is what did it. I finally understood binary in a way I hadn’t thought possible before.

Getting the right method is especially important when it comes to studying for technology exams such as vendor certifications. You may be a visual learner, a reader, a doer or a combination of any of them. If you start down the path of forcing ‘the best way’ you’re going to make studying harder than it needs to be.

Take a moment and try to discover what works for you. Try them all even the methods you think are less likely. I think you’ll be surprised at what you discover about yourself.

Got a comment? Hit me up on twitter @HankYeomans

-Hank

Published by Hank Yeomans

Sr Technical Leader in Cloud Security OCTO @ Cisco Systems - Enabler of business, network architectures. I'm into long walks on the beach, zero trust, networking infrastructures, and bacon.

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