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By cfliphart ·
I have a choice in the next week (today is Jan. 5, 2001) to either try a media stream approach to certification. It is cheaper and I can share it with my husband. The other choice is to go to a tech college and take courses at 1K a class.

I tried going to a university, and 1/2 the classes were a waste because we would take a one hour test, have two hours of teaching, and leave an hour early for only 8 weeks. Everyone was complaining about not understanding what they were being tested on, and how much a waste it was.

Thanks for any polite replies to my question about experience with media stream classes to get certified or regular classes and the benefits of each.

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by RealGem In reply to best way of getting certi ...

I suggest that you just try the media stream approach and see how it works for you. I think that you'll find it more convenient.

I have found that self-study is more effective for me when I have the option to use it. Formal lectures are good from the interactive point of view, but some material is very straightforward and does not require a lot of Q & A.

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by cfliphart In reply to best way of getting certi ...

Now all I have to do is find where I put the address for the course on media stream!

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by Stillatit In reply to best way of getting certi ...

A lot depends on how you learn best and how disciplined you are.

I took classes for my MCSE at an authorized training center. Most of the classes consisted of the instructor going through the Microsoft Official Cirriculum (MOC) page by page, showing the slides on the monitors and almost-but-not-quite reading it to us. The rest was hands-on labs.

Advantages of classroom:
1. It is there at a specific time. You have no excuse for not being there. (As opposed to the "I can read the book myself" approach, where you put it off for weeks, then take weeks to do it...)
2. If you do not understand something, you can ask right then, get an answer, beat on the instructor until you get an answer you understand, then move on.
3. While the MOC claims to not track exactly to the tests, it is close.
4. Having a network you can play on helps. Actually setting up replication, for example, is better than just reading about it.
5. Interaction with other students often brings out points and pitfalls not mentioned in the cirriculum.

Disadvantages of classroom:
1. Cost.
2. Luck-of-the-draw classmates. A classmate could slow down the whole class, or annoy you to death.
3. Instructor quality varies. If you get an instructor who just barely qualifies, or just barely speaks English, you lose.

I also used Transcender tests before I took the real exams. These were very useful in getting the feel of the exams.

I have tried three video and on-line classes. The problems I found were:
A. It took forever, since I was trying to do it in spare time as opposed to stopping everything else and doing it. I still have a SQL 7 video on my shelf in the plastic wrap.
B. There were obvious errors (screens that flatly countradicted each other) in the on-line course and no way to get a resolution.
C. I do not have the equipment at home to try some of the more advanced stuff.

Hope this helps.

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by cfliphart In reply to best way of getting certi ...

Your answer was very helpful! Just wish I had started last year at the tech college. Thanks,

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