I did say I’d try to be more dili­gent in writ­ing journ­al entries last time, but I guess I failed. Well, no mat­ter. It’s not as if my life is a rich tapestry or any­thing. Suf­fice to say that I’ve had a few things take up my time over the past week, the most sig­ni­fic­ant being my stud­ies. I’m still get­ting into the rhythm of things (I still syn­co­pate too much), but I’m managing. 

By the end of my first week, I had com­pleted two mod­ules and was 50 hours ahead. I have 25-hour weeks (5 hours per week­day), so that made me 2 weeks ahead. Mind you, it was easy stuff. PC Fun­da­ment­als is about learn­ing about basic hard­ware and MS-DOS com­mands. PC Advanced is about slightly more advanced MS-DOS com­mands and Batch files. Noth­ing I haven’t done before. I’m just glad it wasn’t as brain-dead as Oper­ate a Com­puter, which is about how to use Win­dows (yuck!) and basic GUI apps at a single-user level. For­tu­nately the Net­work Engin­eer­ing course doesn’t sink that low (although there are oth­er courses which do). 

I was sup­posed to move onto the CompTIA A+ cer­ti­fic­a­tion, but it appears that I was mov­ing too quickly and they didn’t have any of the mater­i­als in stock. Instead, I ended up skip­ping ahead a few top­ics and doing Help Desk Prob­lem Solv­ing Tech­niques. It wasn’t dif­fi­cult, but it was a lot of the­ory to mem­or­ise. Giv­en that I was two weeks ahead, I thought I should slow down and learn that mod­ule prop­erly. Even then, I fin­ished (just yes­ter­day) with plenty of time to spare. 

Now I’m 75 hours ahead. That’s three weeks! I should be gradu­at­ing well ahead of the date which was fore­cast at the begin­ning (12 December). 

Finally, I’ve been able to start the A+ course. I was giv­en the choice of doing either the A+ Hard­ware or A+ Oper­at­ing Sys­tem cer­ti­fic­a­tions first. I chose the lat­ter, being more famil­i­ar with soft­ware. Hav­ing only begun today, I can’t say much about it. 

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