Online Course Review Series
uCertify CompTIA A+ On-Line Course Evaluation
Course Evaluator: Virginia Benedict, TechMarket Editor™
Comprehensive Computer Technician
CompTIA A+ 220-1001/1002 Course & Lab
The benefits of following an online course are great simply because as in the uCertify online courses, the student can design his/her own learning path. Regardless of your learning style,
uCertify presents you with a Dashboard from whence you can design your personal learning path. Especially since CompTIA highly recommends that the student have at least one year work experience in the IT support arena before attempting to get certified. Hence with this previous experience uCertify makes it easy to create your own path.
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However, when it comes to learning how to architect, design, implement, troubleshoot, or support systems’ hardware, software, and peripherals from end to end nothing beats hands on learning.
While uCertify courses relatively mimic hands-on with sophisticated and easy to follow labs, I nevertheless recommend forming a study group, perhaps even building a physical lab and use uCertify CompTIA A+ 220-1001/1002 Course & Lab to follow along the learning process. That is, physically building your own computers and servers or taking apart one and putting it back together as well as networking them. Physically programming a network and handling and working with system boards, cables, connectors, adapters, etc. helps you retain the knowledge.
Whether as a study team you decide to invest in a physical lab or not; I still recommend a study group because in an IT environment you never work alone. It is a team effort of various tiers. Creating a team will, by default teach you how to create and maintain a productive team culture. With the uCertify CompTIA A+ 220-1001/1002 Course & Lab, you and your team will be able to play-act scenarios such as “A difficult or dissatisfy client”, “Interview a user who is having issues with his/her computer or the network in preparation for troubleshooting the issues reported by the user” …and so forth.
And lastly but most importantly uCertify provides access to instructors and technical support.