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Motivation!?

 
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Here I go again - digging out the certification books, reviewing JavaRanch posts and showing off to coworkers about my understanding of shadowing and shift operators. I've done this a couple times now spanning a couple years. I usually get through chapter 6 and a couple practice exams before the idea of certification gets brushed under the rug (and the knowledge of operator presedence becomes a fleeting memory). This time I don't want to go unfulfilled (darnit!). So as I'm getting back into things, does anyone have a motivational speech they'd like to share? Suggestions for pacing myself, getting over the fear of not passing or ways of finding time to study and sticking with it?
 
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How about a cheesy one ?
How much you kow measures how far you go.
Yeah, I know it's lame . . . . . .
 
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Buy your voucher and schedule to sit for your exam in say 5-6 weeks! You'll be suprised how well you keep to the books with the date looming and $150 bucks US on the line!
 
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Hi,
What is your reason for taking the exam? How will it help you?
Also, have you figured out what keeps stopping you on your studies? Are you hitting information that you are confused on? Do you get bored? Do you run out of time due to life's many fun activities? If you can figure what is stopping you from studying you can find a solution to your particular study bug.
Is your reason for taking the test enough to find viable solutions to these temporary but painful stops?
 
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Hi Dave,
Am I glad you posted this question. I suffer from the same syndrome and the replies I saw to your questions certainly
help.
Buying the voucher with a time frame for the exam seems like
an excellent idea.
Thank you all for your inputs. Hope to see myself
posting a 'I got the certification' message in the Programmer
Certification Forum soon, with the support of the great people
in this forum.
All the best Dave!
Sajida
 
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Read this - http://www.certmag.com/issues/jul00/feature_hecksel-green.cfm
 
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I had the same problem until i just scheduled the exam. I take it Monday and over the last few weeks have really stepped up my efforts. Buy the voucher, schedule the test.
 
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