I’ve started studying for the CompTIA Linux+, and unfortunately I’m not making much progress. I’m kind of stuck on figuring out how I am going to study for it.
My old process that I used for the CCNA was to buy a study guide on Amazon and read through it and take paper notes. This ended up being a big waste of time. Paper notes are really hard to study from. I took paper notes on the entire CCNA book but I didn’t use them once for studying. Instead I created documents for each chapter on my computer. This worked pretty well but I ended up spending a lot of time struggling with the formatting in Calligra and libreOffice (MS Office is one of the few things I miss from my Windows days).
The JNCIA was my first attempt to study based off of the published exam objectives. I broke the objectives into two massive documents, and slowly went through them filling out the information for each objective. This worked pretty well because Juniper had published two PDF study guides that followed the objectives pretty much in order. I was still struggling massively with Calligra. Unfortunately LibreOffice had a major bug where it wouldn’t open files from a network share so it was unusable as well.
Now I am working on the CompTIA Linux+ and unfortunately the study guide I have does not follow the exam objectives at all. I don’t want to spend a ton of time reading the book, only to end up with a bunch of useless notes. Instead I am going to make text files with the objectives, and then hunt through the book to fill in the details. That is going to be kind of a slow process, but it seems to be the best way to do it.
If I get another Juniper cert it is going to get even worse. As far as I can tell there aren’t any study guides for the Juniper exams past the JNCIA. I have no idea how people study for them, other than just relying on work experience and crossing their fingers..