Oct
07

Almost anyone studying for CCIE Lab has limited time resources.  Practically everyone thinks about optimum study time management. For example, take IEWB-RS VOL1, which has a tremendous amount of material to work on.  The workbook is structured in sections of different sizes. Let’s assume that you need to spend T1, T2, T3 … TN (N – number of sections) hours on section 1, 2, 3 … N but you only have T hours available for study, so that T1+T2+T3 +… +Tn > T. Of course, if T > T1+T2+…+TN, you’re a lucky person and don’t have to bother with optimizations!. But what should you do if the amount of time required is more than the amount of time you can allocate? How would you split the available time between the sections, is there an optimal approach? Read the full post in PDF format:

http://www.ine.com/downloads/optimum-time-planning.pdf

Notice that the method utilized in the paper corresponds to a "utilitarian" approach, maximizing the aggregate utility of all "members". I'm going to follow this post with detailed recommendations on study time allocation for our IEWB-RS VOL1. Additionally, I'm planning on providing recommendations using the "egalitarian" apporach, which maximizes the utility of a less satisfied member.

Further Reading:

St. Petersburg Paradox
Marginal Utility
Kelly criterion
Utility

There is a separate post on spaced repetitions and memorization titled:

How to Study for your CCIE

Petr Lapukhov, 4xCCIE/CCDE
About Petr Lapukhov, 4xCCIE/CCDE

Petr Lapukhov has more than 12 years of experience working with Cisco Systems products. Not only is he the only person in the world to have earned four CCIEs (Routing & Switching, Security, Service Provider, and Voice) in just two years, he also passed every exam the first time. He shares his knowledge and experience with INE’s students through our various products and programs. Petr works with all of the technologies covered within his four CCIE tracks on a daily basis, staying current with any changes in the industry. He has also received his Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification, joining a small group of distinguished individuals who have achieved this status. Petr is a contributor to INE’s blog and our INE IEOC Community Forum. You may contact Petr Lapukhov at petr@ine.com.

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