Let's Talk About... Studying for Certification

Recently at work, I got a promotion, but I don't start working that position to the full extent until I finish my certification in Microsoft CRM. I have set myself a deadline of getting the certification by the beginning of June. So I need to do a lot of studying, which is not a lot of time. But I'm determined to make sure I achieve this, so I'm going to be spending a lot of time offline to study. That means blog posts might not be daily going forward for the next two months, but we shall see. I'm going to try scheduling as much as possible.

But my laptop after four years has decided it no longer wants to live and keeps crashing on me, and of course both the blog and course are online. So this is going to be interesting. Luckily I have a new laptop on the way; however, it won't be here for another week as I didn't want to just get a crappy laptop from the store that wasn't going to meet everything I want/need out of a laptop.

Since I'm going to be busy with studying, I thought it would be a good idea to give you guys my studying tips that I've been using for years. Mainly in college since being 100% honest, I didn't need to study in high school or before that.

  1. Give yourself time to study. Set aside time every day to study for the exam rather than save it all until the last second.
  2. Organize your study space. An organized space leads to a clear mind so you don't get distracted.
  3. Use flow charts or diagrams. If your study material doesn't have any, make them yourself as it gives you a visual of what you are learning.
  4. Practice old exams. These will give you an idea of what you will see on the actual exam.
  5. Take regular breaks. But don't take breaks that are so long that you don't actually end up studying the material.
  6. Snack on brain food like blueberries, nuts, fish, or yogurt.
  7. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Take organized notes. I like to use OneNote to take notes in and make use of different colors to highlight or code different things. Like terms are red while important details are blue, so on and so forth.

What are your tips for studying?