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Introduction. Welcome Back By Carlos Coronel. After a long break…. Coming back to school requires re-focusing, opening your mind…. Let’s try some mind exercises…. Do I really need to take this class?. YES, you have to and need to

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Welcome Back


Carlos Coronel

After a long break
After a long break…..

Coming back to school requires re-focusing, opening your mind…

Let’s try some mind exercises….

Do i really need to take this class
Do I really need to take this class?

  • YES, you have to and need to

  • You will learn something new: “the brighter you are, the more you have to learn..” Don Herold.

  • Explore new areas, challenge yourself:“as knowledge increases, wonder deepens..” C. Morgan.

Let's start by learning doing some focusing excercises!

How is the class going to be
How is the class going to be?

  • Short lecture …listen & assimilate

  • Self-paced tutorials …engage & participate

  • Hands-on work …do it & experiment

  • Goal oriented ... finish tutorial in class

  • Come to class and participate: “readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare” – Harriet Martineau

How is the class going to be1
How is the class going to be?

  • Set goal/objective. Question.

  • Guidance to reach goal.

  • Experiment: compare, analyze, evaluate, apply, synthesize + listen & remember

  • understand the answer, steps, goal

  • What is next?

Are we going to use computers
Are we going to use computers?

  • Yes, you must master fundamentals!

  • Computers are useful, when you know how to use them:“computers are useless, they can only give you answers..” P. Picasso.

Do i have to read the textbook
Do I have to read the textbook?

YES, it’s for your own good!

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,

it deosn't  mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,  

the olny iprmoetnat tihng is taht  

the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.  

The rset can be a total mses and

you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm.  

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid

deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef,  

but the wrod as a wlohe.  

Amzanig huh?  

Do i have to do homework
Do I have to do homework?

  • Yes, you have to do weekly tutorials, homework and online training assessments.

  • Do it: “I hear it and I forget it, I see it and I remember it, I do it and I learn it” – old Chinese proverb

  • Have a good attitude: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” – Lena Horne

Learning is a pathway not a destination
Learning is a pathway not a destination?

take notes

What should I do to learn the material?

A study on Average Memory Retention shows that a person retains: …

  • 10% if reading it ….. (You will read the material)

  • 20% if hearing it ….. (You will hear it in class)

  • 30% if seeing it ….. (You will see it in class)

  • 50% if seeing it and hearing it ….. (You are doing it now!)

  • 70% if saying it (repetition…) ….. (you better read it at loud!)

  • 90% if DOING IT!!! ….. (You MUST do it!)

  • So, if you :

    • Read the book (before class)…

    • Come to class, don’t fall asleep, do the tutorials …

    • Do the SAM trainings ….

    • Do the weekly homework assignments….

    • Try to explain the material to a friend….

    • Do all the homework assignments, tutorials and training projects….on time

    • You should learn the material and do well in this and any class!

      “Pain is unavoidable, sufferingis optional” - Unknown

relate to other concepts

find connections

contrast - compare

ask questions

pose as question?

put in context

Your eyes and mind are always working
Your eyes and mind are always working…

If you take a look at the following picture, let me tell you ... it is not animated.  Your eyes are making it move.  To test this, stare at one spot for a couple seconds and everything will stop moving.  Or look at the black center of each circle and it will stop moving.  But move your eyes to the next black center and the previous will move after you take your eyes away from it....  Weird 

just put them to do some good work!

Use your imagination and creativity
Use your imagination and creativity!

You can learn anything

You can tackle any task, you can learn to fly!

10 fastest growing occupations in the usa
10 fastest-growing occupations in the USA?

  • Medical assistant

  • Network systems and data communications analyst

  • Physician assistant

  • Social and human service assistant

  • Home health aide

  • Medical records and health information assistant

  • Computer software engineer

  • Physical therapist assistant/aide

  • Fitness trainer and aerobic instructor

  • Database administrator

    Source: – “It” List 2004: Hot Info for Job Seekers

What is your certification worth now
What Is Your Certification Worth...NOW?

  • FreeTechMail came out with an interesting list for network admins and what their certifications are worth at the moment. Keep in mind that this gets modified by both experience and region:

  • MCSE 2003 $ 63,500

  • MCSE 2000 $ 59,750

  • MCSA 2003 $ 45,750

  • MCSA 2000 $ 45,250

  • Cisco CCNA $ 59,770

  • CompTIA A+ $ 46,230

  • CompTIA Network+ $ 49,500

  • CompTIA Server+ $ 45,050

  • CompTIA Linux+ $ 50,000

  • Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) $ 53,270

  • Certified Wireless Network Admin (CWNA) $ 50,000

  • MS Visual Basic .Net $ 45,240

  • Security Professional with the following certifications:

    • CompTIA Security+ $ 52,050

  • Database Administrator with the following certifications:

    • Oracle 9i Certified DBA $ 70,750

    • Oracle 8i Certified DBA $ 78,500

    • MCSD 2000 $ 62,250

  • There is a lot of other interesting salary data over at MCPmag (soon to be Redmond Magazine) with many other certifications, and the archives of earlier similar surveys so you can compare.