Classroom training vs self study

February 15, 2011 at 09:01:44
Specs: Windows XP
How much more beneficial is it to take an actual training class as apposed to a cbt course or book for a comptia a+ certification? Looking at the sample cbt course, the stuff they were going over looked pretty basic.

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#1
February 15, 2011 at 11:27:10
This depends very much on the individual. Self study is cheaper and you can study where and when you wish and at your own pace. But it doesn't work well for everybody.

Classroom training works better for some people. You also has the advantage of being able to ask questions if you are having difficulties.


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#2
February 15, 2011 at 11:45:14
How hard is comptia a+? Is it pretty basic stuff? In that case I would just do self study, but if it gets pretty complicated I would want some hands on. The sample I saw on testsim was basically talking about setting up and networking printers, which seems pretty basic

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#3
February 15, 2011 at 12:57:05
I found A+ quite basic and didn't have any trouble passing the test. But I have spent much time reading about computers and playing with them when I probably should have been doing other things. And I was doing this long before many members of this forum were born.

But I am also certain that many people have failed the test more than once.

If you have hands on experience then self study is probably best. But I know that some people do not learn well this way.


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#4
February 15, 2011 at 15:26:29
I keep meaning to get set up to take the A+ test myself but around here that cert alone won't get you anything aside from an interview most are looking for additional certs or a degree.

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#5
February 16, 2011 at 08:45:30
Honestly, the best way is a combination. With little experience than you absolutely have to get some kind of formal training under your belt. There are a lot of places that give you free practice tests and stuff to see if you are ready, which is a good way to go, I have been trying them myself and I am glad I did-harder than I thought

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#6
February 16, 2011 at 17:36:44
The one issue I see with classroom training, like going to school for a degree, is you spend a lot of time in writting classes before you start doing anything that actually pertains to servicing a computer or network. Now I agree learning to properly communicate through memos, project orders, or reports is important and will be a good part of most decent IT jobs. Most people when they think about getting a degree in computers don't think about taking several classes to develop their writting skills. This is where I am now. I have been in school since last March and just now getting classes on databases and networks. In a way I wish I had stayed with a trade school but like I said before just having one or two certs doesn't get you a job in this area right now. Almost all employers around here want a degree now or experience. Reminds me I have an interview on Friday for a desktop support technicians position. I am not holding my breath. The gentleman I spoke to on the phone told me that the repair work I have been doing at home will count as experience but I doubt it will help.

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#7
June 18, 2011 at 06:02:32
it is only when you attend classes that you become capable of doing self study. i believe class room study gives us a guideline as to how to go about. self studying on the other hand would be as if going without a proper direction. moreover, there are other factors too that make class room study step ahead i.e. one learns in a group, making the learning interactive and interesting. not only we get opinions but also a variety.

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#8
June 22, 2011 at 07:43:24
I've tried both and the classroom setting works best for me. I'm much too easily distracted to learn effectively at home.

The classroom also provides you with classmates.

The last 2 year diploma course I took I started a study group with several of the more dedicated classmates. This worked well for all of us and nobody who was a regular part of the study group ever failed an exam (including MS and ComTIA certification exams over and above the 2 yeard diploma course exams). It also helped that I had a bunch of computers and we were able to lab a lot of things out at my house.

FWIW, when I said "more dedicated" I meant the mature adults who were more interested in doing well in the courses than those immature ones who were more interested in partying.

It's worth noting the partiers didn't last and by the end of the first year, our class had gone down from 50+ students to about 20. Our study group had a core of 6 individuals and frequently other classmates would attend sessions (we had them twice a week, every Wed evening and then again Sat or Sun depending on what worked best for everybody).

Some people are capable of studying at home, I'm not one of them. I need the classroom to help me focus. If you're in a classroom situation, take a look around and find the smarter, more dedicated people and start a study group. You'd be amazed at what a big difference it makes.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#9
June 22, 2011 at 21:15:55
I started by tinkering around with my own stuff. Over time a few asked me to help them. After a while I decided that this is what I wanted to do for a living. I started doing a little bit of computer repair at home and going to a trade school at night. After about a year this became a problem because most of my work would show up when they get off work which is when I was going to class and I started loosing business. I gave up the trade school and started a degree program online. Online learning just is not for me. First I was never interested in a degree not that there is anything wrong with that but the idea I had was too learn more about doing repair work and there is no degree for that. So I eneded up with all sorts of other classes I didn't want. Second being an online class gave me way to much freedom. Taking care of cutomers put food on my table and kept my roof over my head. I have no problem working 14 - 16 hours a day if that is what is needed to get the job done and get paid but that doesn't leave much time for school. Pretty soon you let one day slip by " Oh I'll catch up tomorrow " then another day. I had sometimes as much as 8 days to turn in just 2 assignments and after skipping a few days it wasn't enough. Then I got hit with what I call " Upper Level Math ". Math that is way above anything I had seen on my own. Any math that contains numbers I can do in my head but this had letters and symbols, might as well have been hyrogliphics. I tried to get help for a bit but I just wasn't getting it and after a bit couldn't see how it would help my business so I got discouraged. From that point it is all down hill.

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