So I decided to try to take a long view (Marathon not a sprint!) and swapped my study habits to what is listed below.
- Read 15 pages of Shon Harris' CISSP All-In-One
- Each night, highlight passages or concepts that would make good test questions.
- At the end of 15 pages, fire up Anki and review the notes I made with the highlighter and enter each in question format with chapter tagging.
- Try to clear my Anki reps every day and set the new fact number to 20 per day.
- When I've finished the All-In-One book and worked through my Anki deck take some practice exams and note where I fell short. Review those chapters and reset my Anki counts for those chapter tags.
- Take the exam
- If I fail reread the book and maybe look into a boot camp type of prep course
For reference Anki is a Spaced Repetition System and has worked miracles for my studies in Japanese, I think it will easily translate to CISSP studying. I've been using the Cloze deletion technique for my facts, so it forces me to memorize versus hunt for an answer in multiple choice.
I chose 15 pages a night because it allows me to get through a decent amount of information without finding myself up at 2am and too tired to pick up my CCNA books or even enter the CISSP info into Anki. I'm currently at page 375 and if I can manage to read at least 5 nights a week I'm projected to finish the book in about 15 weeks. If I manage it every night of the week, I'm projected to finish in 10 weeks. From what I've read about the CISSP, I feel that's a significant amount of time to study and really familiarize myself with the information.
If anyone has any thoughts or comments or even warnings, I'd greatly appreciate them.
Goals for this year: