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July 26, 2008

Touch Every Word

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification,Lab Tips — cciepursuit @ 9:49 am
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Words to live by:

Most of us do this I think.  A candidate gave me some solid advice (I believe he got it from a class): touch every word.  Physically poke each word with your finger as you read.  It sounds retarded but it forces you to slow down and notice things like they specified the name of the ACL or some other arbitrary crap that would cause you to miss an entire task that you had otherwise done correctly.

I think this technique takes on more importance with tests like the CCIE lab because the people who take it (a little self-fel… ahem, back-patting here) are typically smart enough to skim non-technical things, and in fact get bored if they try to read carefully because most material is too easy.  Works great in meetings when it takes a group 10 minutes to agree that the meeting has started (and you’re already three articles into Slashdot on your crackberry), sucks on a technical lab exam.


1 Comment »

  1. Words to live by and if you forget them it can hurt.

    I had to do this on my last lab and though the lab was not successful, the lesson learned was.


    Someone else mentioned it to me… And I think the other part of the quote had something to do with…

    “Bring your lawyer to the Lab with you…”

    It’s safe to say we can quote NMC for the source of this one and Bob Sinclair in particular was the guy I think I recall hearing it from.

    He’s full or worldly wisdom that has a lot of value in the CCIE Lab.

    Comment by Darby Weaver — July 27, 2008 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

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