I've spent most of today studying the Cisco networking module, and to be fair I am enjoying it, I have explored the netacad site and there are some useful resources that help me to learn. such as flash cards, and quiz's (which you can take as many times as you like) for me, it is such an invaluable teaching aid.
I did the practice quiz for Chapter 1 and I got 27/30 so I thought I would do the exam next, as there are online exams for each chapter. I went onto the exam page and it says that you have 1 hour to complete the examination, so I was thinking how hard is it going to be and how many questions are there?. I started the exam and to be honest, the questions were quite easy, I finished the exam in about 15 minutes and scored 93.9% so that's good news!
I am going to spend the day tomorrow on TT284 and try and complete week 2 of that in one day!
My two modules started officially on Saturday, I have done some work over the last week as I have been able to access the module material. I have finished the first week on Web technologies and so far it has been ok, just a plethora of information and no practical work yet, so I can't say much about it yet. However, TM257 Cisco Networking is a lot to take in.
I am just over half way through chapter 1 and there is so much to do, The chapter sections are quite long and there are quite a few activities to do that takes a lot of time, also there are Lab sessions to do, the lab I am doing at the moment wants me to search the internet for ISP's that give a convergence service! I don't see why that is even relevant!
I know it may sound like I'm just bitching and whining about how much work I need to do, but on a more serious note, I can't see how I am going to fit it all in as well as work 5 and a half days week.
I have this week off thankfully, so I am going to be concentrating on getting a good head start on both the modules, I will have to see how it goes and if needs must, I will have to defer one of the modules, I would prefer to add an extra year to my studies than to get bad marks in my assessments and overall module score. So if I have only one module to concentrate on it will take the stress off a bit.
Another plan would have been to start one module in October and then start the second one in February but then I would not next summer off from studying! If I start to get behind on one of the modules I will talk to my tutor and student support to find out what my options are.