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There are 49 days until Tuesday, October 06, 2009. Who’s counting though right? I had a long rough weekend this past one. All I did most of the weekend was labs and reading. On Saturday I did a Poly lab from over at INE, and another regular lab. One of my biggest weaknesses right now is trying to slow everything down in my head. I missed a few little things on questions that cost me points for the whole section simply because I was rushing. I have to keep everything at a good pace going forward. I am not to sure why I feel the need to rush through the sections I am pretty familiar with. That was all just on Saturday. Sunday I pretty much just read and took notes on some non core topics. One thing I have noticed is my brain is growing tired of all this. Not a good sign πŸ™‚

Not sure what my plan is going to be for the next forty nine days. I plan to start using my Proctor Lab rack time this week and move through mock lab one and two from IPX. During the week I’m going to do more reading and maybe some regular core labs to work on my core knowledge and speed. One thing I need to start doing is prepping for the OEQ’s. Not even too sure where to start with that one. I have actually read through our CCNA/CCNP stuff here at work just to see where I am for theory questions again. I will say that using time to prep for the OEQ’s is very frustrating. This is time I could be going over more non core configurations and doc reading :/

Starting on August 29th I have three mock labs schedule with INE on random Saturdays. Hopefully after each one I have time on Sunday to read and work on what I screwed up on. It is starting to get down to the wire and I am starting to feel the pressure. I have no problem if I fail the lab except that it changes twelve days later and I only have one shot at it for version three. I would rather not have to take version four…

In September I am going to drive down to Columbus and sit IPX’s bootcamp. This should be a good time with some studying thrown in right πŸ˜‰ ?


6 Responses to “Status Update 08.18.2009”

  1. MCL.Nicolas on August 18th, 2009 9:11 am

    Good stuff man ! keep working hard and You will do it πŸ˜‰

    I’m with you !

  2. Sorabh Kalra on August 18th, 2009 9:53 am

    Enjoy the journey & keep learning.
    Who knows if comments in your next post will be like ‘congratulations’ .

    All the Best.

  3. Joshua James on August 18th, 2009 11:25 am

    Have you done a Mock lab before? They’re graded 2nd business day. So… as far as grading on Sunday you’re on your own. It’s just like a regular lab until the proctor grades it.

    I feel you on the time and the tired brain. I studied in some way shape or form for 48 hours last week. My first mock lab was 39 pts and the next 75. Hows that for improvement?

    I made flash cards for the OEQ stuff. I haven’t had flash cards since 3rd grade. πŸ™‚

  4. CCIE Journey on August 18th, 2009 11:30 am

    Yea I just seen that they are graded by the second business day πŸ™ Oh well I am sure I will know exactly killed me on the lab anyways.

    I just started with the flash cards last week as well. My wife teaches second grade and was laughing at me. Studying for the biggest technical lab exam out there with flash cards πŸ˜‰

  5. Joe Astorino on August 21st, 2009 3:06 pm

    I hope you get a good instructor and not some asshole πŸ™‚

  6. Skybaba on August 24th, 2009 4:06 am

    Hey Man,

    I feel you on this!
    Just make sure you go in there and give it your best shot ever.

    I had only one shot before the changes to the voice lab and I managed to nail it!

    All the Best!!!!

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