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    Hey everyone,
    I just started studying for Security+ and so far i plan on using the following:

    Professor Messer videos & Coarse Notes PDF
    Udemy SY0-501 videos
    MeasureUp SY0-501 Practice questions and simulations
    Darril Gibson's Book and Online Resources
    Pocket Prep iPhone app for Security+

    I'm just curious if anyone has an opinion on an order i should approach studying? I was thinking of starting with the videos and taking notes during them. Then maybe reading when i can at home and using the Pocket Prep at while i'm at work and then saving the MeasureUp questions for last.

    Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to get this test passed by February.
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    I think February is a bit far out. Unless you're getting hammered through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, I would shoot for really good practice scores within a couple months.

    However, by February you should be golden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PCTechLinc View Post
    I think February is a bit far out. Unless you're getting hammered through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, I would shoot for really good practice scores within a couple months.

    However, by February you should be golden.
    I agree. It is a bit far out, but I'm just shooting for that date. Working, plus life, kids, etc are my reasons haha!
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    If February works for you, go for it. I passed, and studied (and studied) and thought I would never pass. But I did.
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    Hello , am exactly in the same shoes just as you with little kid of 2 years old . Preparing for the exam is really a tough one . Although am not using udemy but am planing to use Professor Messers youtube videos and Darill Gibson . Hopefully that will see me through . Am doing that based on previous threads have read a good number of people used the 2 and they got through successfully .
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    You can do the readings first or the video, either way you'll still be circling back to the same material and reinforcing the knowledge you've gained. However, for most I think starting with the videos helps a lot. I'm a bit old school and I read first and watch videos later for clarity.
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    Sounds like you have a pretty good plan there. For all my studies I tend to start with the video source and make notes throughout. Review the notes and compare what you know to the CompTIA Security+ Objectives. Trust me, this will help A LOT. I used it like a checklist, and when I was confident in a subject I ticket it off. These objectives can and will show up in the exam, so make sure you're clued up on them:

    https://certification.comptia.org/do...objectives.pdf

    The exam is factual-based, so you don't need to know extreme details. I would suggest taking ONE MeasureUp practice test after your studies, make notes on where you failed and study those points, then take another test. When you start scoring 80-90% you should be ready.

    Seeing as your exam date is so far, why not chuck in another video source too? I recommend CBTNuggets, and you can use this to fill in any gaps you may be unsure about. It does cost for this course however, so it's up to you if you wanted to spend the bit extra.

    Good luck with your studies.
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    Good luck with your study!
    Make sure to understand everything and take notes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D20 View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I just started studying for Security+ and so far i plan on using the following:

    Professor Messer videos & Coarse Notes PDF
    Udemy SY0-501 videos
    MeasureUp SY0-501 Practice questions and simulations
    Darril Gibson's Book and Online Resources
    Pocket Prep iPhone app for Security+

    I'm just curious if anyone has an opinion on an order i should approach studying? I was thinking of starting with the videos and taking notes during them. Then maybe reading when i can at home and using the Pocket Prep at while i'm at work and then saving the MeasureUp questions for last.

    Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to get this test passed by February.
    Also there was a thread on this site where l read that some of the sy0-501 past questions are similar to the sy0-401.
    Please verify from the experts on here .
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    Thanks everyone for the answers so far!!! I really appreciate it! I tend to over-prepare i think. I just feel better doing this and then sitting for the test. There are some days i can only study for about 1 hour or so. Its a lot harder with kids and work, etc.

    Does anyone have an opinion on purchasing this: https://gcgapremium.com/full-security-course-sy0-501/

    Is it worth the $99?

    I was going to get the book anyway, but just thought i would ask here.
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    To be honest, because I've never heard of that source before and there are free resources already available, I would personally say no. If you look through the Security+ forums you will see resources that people use, and most of them tend to be the same (Professor Messer, CBT, Darril Gibson etc).

    All I'll say is this, I used the free Professor Messer videos, the CompTIA Sec+ objectives, a bit of googling here and there and practicing some of the main aspects and threw in a couple of practice tests. Did all this and passed first time within a month. Trust me, you are spending a lot of money on the CompTIA exam and the content really isn't that hard, so I wouldn't suggest spending loads of money on the training resources. It's over-doing it.

    (P.S. the Darril Gibson book is good. I would suggest buying that cheaper on Amazon without the additional bits from that website.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyliinez92 View Post
    To be honest, because I've never heard of that source before and there are free resources already available, I would personally say no. If you look through the Security+ forums you will see resources that people use, and most of them tend to be the same (Professor Messer, CBT, Darril Gibson etc).

    All I'll say is this, I used the free Professor Messer videos, the CompTIA Sec+ objectives, a bit of googling here and there and practicing some of the main aspects and threw in a couple of practice tests. Did all this and passed first time within a month. Trust me, you are spending a lot of money on the CompTIA exam and the content really isn't that hard, so I wouldn't suggest spending loads of money on the training resources. It's over-doing it.

    (P.S. the Darril Gibson book is good. I would suggest buying that cheaper on Amazon without the additional bits from that website.)
    Understood. Cool, i'll just get the book and use that instead of all the extra bells and whistles.

    Many thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by D20 View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I just started studying for Security+ and so far i plan on using the following:

    Professor Messer videos & Coarse Notes PDF
    Udemy SY0-501 videos
    MeasureUp SY0-501 Practice questions and simulations
    Darril Gibson's Book and Online Resources
    Pocket Prep iPhone app for Security+

    I'm just curious if anyone has an opinion on an order i should approach studying? I was thinking of starting with the videos and taking notes during them. Then maybe reading when i can at home and using the Pocket Prep at while i'm at work and then saving the MeasureUp questions for last.

    Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to get this test passed by February.
    You should only need Darril Gibson's book. Thoroughly read the book, work through the practice exercises, and then take a practice test or two.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by victor.s.andrei View Post
    You should only need Darril Gibson's book. Thoroughly read the book, work through the practice exercises, and then take a practice test or two.

    Good luck.
    Many thanks! I plan on getting the book this weekend.
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