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CCNA Lab Project Idea

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When I started my CCNA studies, I had no idea how steep the learning curve would get, although I adjusted to the demands of assimilating so much information.  Part of my success in certification studies has to do with my learning style.  I have since learned that there are three primary learning styles, namely, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  Kinesthetic is a fancy fifty cent word for “hands on learning” and everyone learns this way to some degree.  Auditory is the word that describes individuals that learn by hearing, and visual refers to learning by sight.  My style is visual; I can read obscenely large amounts of information very rapidly and retain it.  In my early exam studies, I would routinely read one of the three inch thick certification books and then go take the exam, which worked very well.  As I got further along, though, I had a deep appreciation for actual hands-on practice.  While I was working on my CCIE, I had to recertify my other certifications, and took the exam for free at a conference.  To be honest, I hadn’t really studied, but flew through the test and passed by a substantial margin.  There were live simulation questions I had never seen before, but I had been programming routers and switches endlessly in my CCIE studies, which helped me pass that recertification test.  Later on that gave me an idea: why not create a CCNA-level lab that reflected the exam blueprint of that exam?  I mapped out the testing topics into design and configuration tasks that reinforce the factual knowledge needed to pass that exam, and the first CCNA Project was born.  It utilizes 4 routers, and one to three switches, which creates a small but effective lab pod for practice purposes.  Attached are links to the Visio and Project documents for your use, let me know if this helps in your own CCNA studies!