I can play at work that way without hauling hardware around with me. . I tried a couple times but didn't really like leading that way. I was about to buy more stuff to play with and decided it may be a waste. The links are awesome as well thanks for those.
I read the Cisco Press books first, followed by doing relevant labs multiple times. I agree that the initial thought that most people have is to brain cram with lots of practice tests. Multiple books, labs and videos are essential to studying. It can be tricky to get started with, but google around and you'll get it. Practice tests give you the benefits of what you specified there, they tell you where you suck :D.
I wouldn't recommend doing practice tests very often, as I think they should only be done towards the end. What it is helping me with is I can pinpoint areas that I am lacking in, finding out what the right answer is then going back to the materials to find out what I overlooked or failed to commit to memory. Then, if I was fuzzy on a topic, I would go back a couple days later and try to do the whole config from scratch. This course can help start your career journey into these fields. I have to agree on the Chris Bryant videos on Udemy. I did the labs relevant to the videos I watched around the same time too.
To answer your question, I didn't really use any labs like 9tut or the like. I explored these subject areas in depth after identifying weaknesses. I found it easier to just study an hour a night and when I had spare time at work. Who is the target audience? So many of the details that were missed in the class which in turn prohibited me from doing well on the dumps came to light after watching the videos. Join me on this journey to turbocharging your career! I watched relevant videos one through as well, to help explain difficult concepts.
I have to say that if you are having a problem even in just one section or topic buy the videos. Then I found the Udemy videos. Full diagrams and lab setup files are included so you can get started immediately with just your laptop. I than did practice tests and identified weaknesses. They get huge value from this investment in your future. Brain dumps shouldn't be used as a main source of studying because it's just like studying for college tests.
All slides in the course are also included in supplemental flashcard format with expanded bullet points clearly explaining the technologies. My advice is to stick with it and get yourself on a study schedule you can commit to. I do think it's important though to do a practice test at the beginning so you have an understanding of how your knowledge compares with the exam. But I had hand on experience with all the gear so that wasn't as important - just configs. Easily review exam topics to solidify your understanding and get a final refresher when test day is approaching. You'll get a better comprehension of the topic.
No equipment or previous experience is required. Doing practice tests too often will lead to people memorizing the answers. Not sure about the best way to pay for this course? The aggravating part is that some of the answers are just simply wrong or hell don't have answers posted next to the selection options. I love interacting with my students: anything you want to know, please ask. . .
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