E-Learning

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by Carey Lamm, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. Carey Lamm

    Carey Lamm Guest

    I am in Iraq right now on a 1 year contract. I was going to go back and get
    part of my MCSA (70-270, 290, and possibly 291) during my 22 day vacation in
    December. Then when I come home for good in May, I was going to finish with
    the rest (291 and 284). Since I am online all day, is E-Learning a good deal
    as far as the MS learning enviroment? I have no problem with the money. Any
    information would be great.
    Carey Lamm, Aug 9, 2006
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  2. Hi Carey,

    E-Learning is a great tool that will help you to better understand the
    material. However remember that like everything else it should never be seen
    as the ONLY method towards passing your exams. You should always have a good
    helping of practical hands-on time on the material (Windows XP for 20-270 and
    Windows Server 2003 for 70-290 and 70-291). I would also recommend having
    one or two reference manuals to fill in any information you may feel the
    other material is weak on.

    Good luck - both on your exams and your current contract - and let us know
    how it goes!

    M
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    MDG, MCSA
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    Certified Small Business Specialist
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    "Carey Lamm" wrote:

    > I am in Iraq right now on a 1 year contract. I was going to go back and get
    > part of my MCSA (70-270, 290, and possibly 291) during my 22 day vacation in
    > December. Then when I come home for good in May, I was going to finish with
    > the rest (291 and 284). Since I am online all day, is E-Learning a good deal
    > as far as the MS learning enviroment? I have no problem with the money. Any
    > information would be great.
    Montreal MCSA, Aug 9, 2006
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  3. Hi Casey.

    I bought the Transcender Series for MSCE + security e-learning AND the
    practice tests and am very pleased with it. I also bought the Microsoft Press
    MCSE core books and the "Desigining Active Directory" as a supplement. I
    think I spent around $1700 at Transcender, but I'm going for the whole
    she-bang.The Press books I got for under $200 and they include 15% off the
    exam (I think Transcender has a discount, but need to check).

    I MCSE'd in 3.51 a billion years ago with books and the transcender tests
    and did pretty well. They didn't have e-learning or the wealth of information
    on the internet back in '97. Good luck and take care.

    "Carey Lamm" wrote:

    > I am in Iraq right now on a 1 year contract. I was going to go back and get
    > part of my MCSA (70-270, 290, and possibly 291) during my 22 day vacation in
    > December. Then when I come home for good in May, I was going to finish with
    > the rest (291 and 284). Since I am online all day, is E-Learning a good deal
    > as far as the MS learning enviroment? I have no problem with the money. Any
    > information would be great.
    SecurityChick, Aug 9, 2006
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  4. I also want to add that the trancender practice tests don't necessarily
    reflect what you learn in the e-learning "class". The answers cite Win 2003
    help menus. They used to refer to white papers, help menus, training
    curriculum and various books. You HAVE to load whatever OS you are going for
    to get the hands on you need.

    "SecurityChick" wrote:

    > Hi Casey.
    >
    > I bought the Transcender Series for MSCE + security e-learning AND the
    > practice tests and am very pleased with it. I also bought the Microsoft Press
    > MCSE core books and the "Desigining Active Directory" as a supplement. I
    > think I spent around $1700 at Transcender, but I'm going for the whole
    > she-bang.The Press books I got for under $200 and they include 15% off the
    > exam (I think Transcender has a discount, but need to check).
    >
    > I MCSE'd in 3.51 a billion years ago with books and the transcender tests
    > and did pretty well. They didn't have e-learning or the wealth of information
    > on the internet back in '97. Good luck and take care.
    >
    > "Carey Lamm" wrote:
    >
    > > I am in Iraq right now on a 1 year contract. I was going to go back and get
    > > part of my MCSA (70-270, 290, and possibly 291) during my 22 day vacation in
    > > December. Then when I come home for good in May, I was going to finish with
    > > the rest (291 and 284). Since I am online all day, is E-Learning a good deal
    > > as far as the MS learning enviroment? I have no problem with the money. Any
    > > information would be great.
    SecurityChick, Aug 9, 2006
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  5. Carey Lamm

    Garth H Guest

    +1

    You'll never pass an MCP exam just by reading the book. Even if you have
    general knowledge, you're likely to find questions that will test if you
    actually have hands on experience.

    One example I encountered in both the Measure UP and Transcenders Win XP
    prep tests were questions that required you to know a preferred method
    of reaching various system tools on the OS. Did I know how to get to the
    tool in question? Yes, but not by the "preferred" method as I NEVER used
    the default WinXP UI.

    The Transcenders eLearning is an okay way to get your feet wet, but
    don't count on it as a sole source of information.

    If you don't have a production or lab environment to play in, load up
    Virtual PC / Virtual Server and follow the labs in the MSPress, Sybex
    and other prep books.

    Knowing the concepts is one thing. Actually doing them, even if only for
    a lab, is another.


    SecurityChick wrote:
    > I also want to add that the trancender practice tests don't necessarily
    > reflect what you learn in the e-learning "class". The answers cite Win 2003
    > help menus. They used to refer to white papers, help menus, training
    > curriculum and various books. You HAVE to load whatever OS you are going for
    > to get the hands on you need.



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    Garth H

    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Macromedia Certified Developer
    Garth H, Aug 12, 2006
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