Join Steve Fullmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Flashcards, part of CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-801).
-A great deal of the content on the CompTIA A plus exam is about the terminology and the vocabulary of IT. If you look at the two objectives documents for eight oh one and eight oh two, and you aggregate the back part of those objectives, so let's bring one up again and just point this out, because I didn't in the objectives component of the video series. So I'm going to oh, let's go to my computer, and take a look at the objectives that I've downloaded here. So if we open either of the objectives for eight oh one or eight oh two and I go to the very bottom, the very bottom part of the objectives has acronyms, has a large list.
So I'm going to scroll to the very bottom, past the operational procedures to what they call acronyms, and you'll note the acronyms that are here, and if I grab all the acronyms from the eight oh one objectives and the eight oh two objectives, as well as other terminology that you will see throughout the objectives document that are not explicitly listed here in the acronyms, but might occur elsewhere above. So for instance, we have lcd, led, and oled here, organic light emitting diodes, etc. So if you have these here, then if you take those all together, you're going to have over 370 different acronyms that you have to learn.
They're the vocabulary of the PC. So I strongly encourage that you take and create for yourself a flashcard deck. You can take around a great big huge stack of index cards if you want, but I found a better way. So I'm going to point that out to you in this short little video. What I encourage you to do, is to go a step further, and go the strata IT fundamentals, and you'll note that these are two for United Kingdom, another one for, essentially, Europe, and then global terminology. Grab any one or two of those, and grab those terms and add them to your flashcard deck as well, so that you have the fundamentals that are supposed to be the precursor for the A plus exam.
That will give you almost 400 acronyms. What you want to do is build a flashcard deck. I strongly encourage a free form of electronic flashcard deck. Mnemosyne is one of the Greek titans, spelled M N E M O S Y N E, one of the Greek titans, supposedly the female parent of the muses of the Greek gods. So all of the muses born of Mnemosyne. She is effectively the goddess of memory and the arts. So huge, huge memory, great little way to kind of memorize that.
Mnemosyne Projects spelled M N E M O S Y N E dash P R O J dot org. This is essentially a memory project, and what they provide is free downloads of their flashcard deck tool. The reason I kind of like or permit this, it's freeware, and it provides platforms for Windows XP, Vista, Seven, or Eight, Linux, Mac OSX, or Android. So any of those platforms can support the Mnemosyne software.
I've clicked the download. I picked Windows and downloaded and installed the product really quickly here. It's just a little tool. I'm going to bring it up just to show it to you really quickly as we do this. So as you're watching the videos, rather than just making notes on pieces of paper for acronym to study, if you're using the Mnemosyne product, every now and then I'll point out a specific word or term that you might want to focus upon as you prepare for the exam, and that will help you to be better in communicating with other PC experts. You might want to record that into your Mnemosyne flash deck. Well here's how it works. We bring up Mnemosyne.
As it starts each time you're going to see a little flashcard deck that looks like this, and you can go through these next to get information, and then you can upload log files, but we don't want to upload log files to Mnemosyne. I don't want anything off my system to be transferred anywhere. I'm ready to start. I come up with a blank flashcard deck that looks like this with a question and an answer. You can save or export these decks to comma separated values, dump them into Excel spreadsheets. You can actually type everything into Word or Excel spreadsheet and import it into this from Excel or a comma separated value file.
So if you don't want to create it here, you don't have to. You might even cut and paste right out of the objectives into a spreadsheet or Word document and then import that in here after you've comma separated the values, great way to start your flashcard deck. But we're going to create a couple cards here, so I'm going to say add cards. I go to add card and I like the front back style, which assumes that there would be, if I printed it, content on the front, answer on the back. So I'm just going to type in CPU, and then down under the back I'm going to say, central processing, or processor, unit.
If I don't know that term, I'm going to say yet to learn, if I'm really familiar with the term, I'm going to say five. I'm going to start with everything yet to learn. Let's do another one. Hmmm, what's another one, led, so I'm going to type led, light emitting diode. And so you can keep adding these. I'm going to say that's a yet to learn. After you have your entire flashcard deck built, note I only have two of them here, when you start running the flashcard deck, it will show you a term. You try to pull out of your own head what that means.
Let's see, the answer is central processor unit. You show the answer. I was correct. Based on the time or speed with which I clicked, recognition and click, it said that I know this at a two level. If I instantly click because I know what the term is, it would've given me a five. You can manually set the level. No, I really do know that, we'll give it a five. Led, light emitting diode. Let's show me the answer. Again, a two, it's not the I don't know, but I didn't click quickly, and again, you can set whatever level you want.
Additionally, in your settings here, you can do settings and configure Mnemosyne so that it will show you how many cards at a time. The nice thing is is what you can do is launch this, look at however many cards you set as the default, five, 10, 20, run through the flashcard deck, minimize it, get it out of the way, the next time you come in you're going to get another different set of cards, and hierarchically, over time, you'll continue to see the terms that you have a greater challenge with more often, and the ones that you know really well less often as they flash through the deck. You can always go and set this.
After you've completed everything that's in your deck and you continue on, so let's give this a three it says, I have no more work for today. I can either add more cards, or come back tomorrow, or I can close the application and start it all over and it will go through the deck. It's a great little free flashcard deck tool to help me study and learn how to master the terminology necessary for the A plus exam from the Mnemosyne Project.
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