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Rob Farley

- Owner/Principal with LobsterPot Solutions (a MS Gold Partner consulting firm), Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft MVP (SQL Server), APS/PDW trainer and leader of the SQL User Group in Adelaide, Australia. Rob is a former director of PASS, and provides consulting and training courses around the world in SQL Server and BI topics.

Summit reflections

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Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:05 PM by Rob Farley

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Rob Farley said:

I posted a few hours ago about a reflection of the Summit , but I wanted to write another one for this

November 13, 2012 5:43 AM
 

john walker said:

On your note about 'studying for the exam'. I think you need to highlight the difference between 'studying for the exam' and 'studying the exam material' in order to learn the product.

Personally, I find structured learning to be the best approach for me when covering new material, once i have a good base i then branch out and learn via hands-on experimenting (hyper v is making this much less painful).

With this in mind i find working through the msPress certification material works well for me as it forces me to touch on all areas of the product, exposing me to new ways of working that i may not see in my day to day professional work due to time/need/environment constraints. Setting a date for the exam then gives me the motivation to work through the material and cover all areas as nobody likes failing an exam.

Once the exam is complete i then review both the results and the stuff i found interesting/useful to really bed down the knowledge.

November 13, 2012 4:54 PM
 

Rob Farley said:

Hi John,

Yeah - do what works for you. For me, I don't like studying to pass an exam at all. I also find that a lot of exam-focused learning material misses the point. I prefer to learn what I need to learn to be effective on a particular tool, not with a plan to pass an exam. I'll be a little torn over the lab exam I think.

Rob

November 13, 2012 5:05 PM

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