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CCIE R&S memorizing problem

Sep 23, 2010 1:47 AM

Meraj 5 posts since
Jul 23, 2009

Hi All,


I don't know anyone of you came across this problem or not but I've a svear problem when ever I study some topic and after few days I forgot this no matter how hard I prepair it. I need your kind seggestions about this how I can cope with this situation to overcome on it, If it continue like this I wont be able to complete my ccie journey.


Please share your idea's and seggestion with me and help me to come out of this situation.

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    1. Sep 23, 2010 6:09 AM (in response to Meraj)
    Re: CCIE R&S memorizing problem

    The best way is to stop memorizing and learn the technology.  Sure, if you aren't using it everyday, you will surely lose some memory retention.  Try getting on the equipment in your lab and force yourself to use the technology every day.  Run some debugs, and try to understand what's going on.  The best way to learn is to read the information and then get on the equipment and use it everyday until you are comfortable with it.


    With that said, I also believe that no one will ever learn everything, so it's extremely important to know where to find the information as quickly as possible.  Ah yes the DocCD.  Learn where to find the technologies in question really fast and you can cut down on memorizing things.  In today's world, it's not how much you know, but how fast and efficient you are at finding the information you need.

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  • Wouter Prins 17 posts since
    Aug 3, 2008
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    2. Sep 24, 2010 12:18 PM (in response to Meraj)
    Re: CCIE R&S memorizing problem

    hi Meraj,


    What might help is creating acronyms to remember elections, path selection criteria's and learn those acronyms from the head. Make a large sheet with all kinds of stuff, when you get up in the morning, take some time to learn your sheet. Before you go to sleep repeat it again, no matter how long you studied that day. I am sure that you will know it from the head after 2 months.


    If your problem is the fact that you forget IOS commands, my advice would be to keep practicing until you dream IOS.


    I think it's also important to make your own notes after you studied a topic. Write down when you read a chapter about a technology with what you didnt know yet and what it does, put it on the sheet that you learn each day. You will notice that after a month or 4 you will laugh at what you wrote down the 1st month.

    What worked for me is to explain a technology to a collegue, your wife/girlfriend (if they are interested) or some random stranger . That way you will notice if you understand it or not. If you know the technology you can apply the Einstein one-liner: “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”.


    Good luck!

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  • Scott Morris - CCDE/4xCCIE/2xJNCIE 8,427 posts since
    Oct 7, 2008
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    3. Sep 24, 2010 12:59 PM (in response to Wouter Prins)
    Re: CCIE R&S memorizing problem

    I absolutely agree with the not memorizing part!  And great Einstein quote!



    I would add though, that if you are dreaming about IOS, you likely need to take a little break and let your brain settle down a little bit!  



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