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At Linux Academy, we want you to succeed in our courses and learning paths, no matter what your goals. With this in mind, we offer the following tips for learning success:

Identify your goals: Are you needing to brush up on skills? Learn new skills? Get certified? Are you wanting to broaden or deepen your knowledge and skills? Do you have a deadline? By determining the outcome, you can determine how to get started at Linux Academy:

  • Learning paths are collections of courses designed to guide you toward a specific skill set, certification exam, or career path.
  • Individual courses provide the full range of learning featured offered at Linux Academy, including compelling video instruction, full-time human mentoring and support, six lab servers, scenario-based Live! Labs, quizzes and exams, customizable notecards, and more.
  • Nuggets (videos) and Guides (PDFs) are stand-alone lessons on topics that address situations that certification doesn’t cover, unique intersections of technologies and tools, or needs that are outside the normal way of doing things.
  • Quick Training includes all our courses that you can complete in under two hours.

Create your ideal learning environment: All you need is your laptop and a browser, but you can use our tools and features to streamline your workspace to meet your needs:

  • Create a schedule according to the days and hours you have available. Our Course Scheduler will tell you what to work on when.
  • Learn using your smartphone, in which case you’ll download either our iOS or Android app.
  • Use speed controls for video, available using the HTML5 player with iOS/Chrome.
  • Download and print slides, reading materials, lab guides, study guides, and certificates of completion. (Create a new folder to store your downloads, and grab a 3-ring binder for anything you print! And maybe some frames for those certificates! ;-))
  • Create your own notecards, in addition to instructor-provided notecards.
  • Download the mp3 audio files.
  • Bookmark videos, exercises, and community posts for extra study.

Meet course prerequisites: We want you to start training in courses that are key to you as quickly as you want to get started, and you’ll find that many of our learning paths and courses have no prerequisites. Where we do list prerequisites—usually just a single course—we’ve done so to ensure that you succeed in the more advanced course. If you have workplace experience in a technology area but aren’t sure if you meet course prerequisites, just ask our instructors.

Work regularly on courses: Our Course Scheduler will tell you what to work on when based on the days and hours you’re available. We recommend working regularly and steadily throughout the course for best results. If you miss a scheduled session? Just update the Course Scheduler and get back on track.

Think “learning and application,” not “test taking”: Our courses will indeed prepare you to pass certification exams; however, our primary goal is for you to understand the material and apply it in real-world environments. In approaching Linux Academy courses, think “learning and application,” which will both help ensure you pass exams and be immediately productive with your new skills.

Get involved in the Linux Academy community: Find answers, ask questions, participate in a study group, share your knowledge, and (of course!), share your successes! Getting involved helps you stay tuned in to your courses and provides a slew of resources to aid your learning.

Complete all parts of the courses: Again here, don’t be tempted to fast-forward through videos, skip readings, leave an exercise undone, or similar. It’s the combination of learning tools we provide that lead to success in passing certification exams and in applying new skills in real-world environments.

Practice: As part of your subscription, you have access to up to six servers, ready for you to use to practice applying what you’ve learned. This means not only completing exercises and Live! Labs, but also revisiting them as needed to practice applying skills as part of larger processes.

Ask: If you have questions, need help, or get stuck, ask for help. Our instructors are here fulltime and available for 1:1 help during regular business hours; our Community forum is available 24/7; and study groups are available 24/7 as well.

We look forward to working with you at Linux Academy! Have tips or ideas to add to this list? Let us know!

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