Road To MCSE: The Winners Edge Page 2

Thomas Shinder

What’s the Difference between High and Low Performers?

What’s the difference between the students who tell us about the unbridled
success they’ve had since entering the IT industry and those students who are
worried about never finding a job of any kind?

I won’t tell you that I can predict the future, because if I could, I’d
be in Las Vegas right now. However, after teaching MCSE and related courses for
the last five years, I have noticed some fairly reliable patterns among the
students. And I can tell, with a fairly high level of confidence, which students
will end up making the big fortuna, and which ones will be working for


These students are not the ones that you would think of as being the
“best” students in the class. This is the case if you think of the
“best” student as the person that reads all the chapters ahead of
class, has filled out all his worksheets, always get all the labs done right the
first time, and scores the top grades on all the quizzes and exams.

By this definition, the success stories are not the “best” students
in the class. However, they do fine on exams, sometimes get the labs right the
first time, and they get to reading the material before the end of the course.

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