Everyone learns differently.
I've done classes, watched videos, and read books. I also feel that doing practice tests/exercises is a good thing.
For me, whether I'm doing a class or watching a video, I like to have notes that I can follow along, and return to as needed. I've actually gotten frustrated with some video classes when I don't have this and basically have to take a lot of notes.
For me, I read the CBK book and did exercises and passed. But I have been in the field awhile, done prior classes and such, so that worked for me. Might not with others. YMMV.
100% agree, we all have our own method to work through material.
I would personally go through any video material first, because I tend to find them more engaging in shorter bursts (when I have 10-15 minutes to kill, or concentration levels are lower). I would typically try and do any pre-assessment questions, and prioritize my studies accordingly.
I'm busy preparing for my CCSP at the moment, and this is the method I am following, but I do this for all my certifications:
- Decide on material (based on reviews and recommendations). This usually ends up being a blend of about 70% official material, and the rest being articles, blogs, opinion pieces, etc.
- Take pre-assessment to identify weak areas, and prioritize my study time accordingly
- Watch the videos I have and read the required material from books. Reading tends to happen in the mornings, videos in the evenings. Personal preference, my energy levels dictate this 🙂
- As I finish specific topics or sections, I make a point to put together a high-level (5/6-slide deck) overview I present at our internal competency forums on what I've learned and how it applies to me, my role, and the business. This is a nice way to not only gauge my own understanding and progress, but it also instills confidence with my employer that I'm committed to my cloud security journey.
Just my 2c...