Cloud Academy Training Tips

Training Tip #005: Mix Up Your Habits

Let’s change some of our study habits a bit. Why not break out of your routine and do something different so you can re-engage those neurons and synapses? We’re here to help you keep learning, and sometimes that means taking a break and trying something new.

Send to PDF

Have you been watching screens for weeks on end? Give your eyes a break — let’s go analog and print something out. 

Whenever you’re in a course, any of the resources with the download symbol ⤓ can be saved as a PDF, so get your markers and start drawing connections and sketching. 
Resources download screen with icon

Send to Phone

Don’t want to leave your screen? We get it. 

You can seamlessly and easily continue your studying anywhere. When you’re in one of our learning paths or courses, just click the Send to your phone button to push your content to your phone. You’ll instantly pick up exactly where you were on your computer. (Hint: make sure you have notifications enabled, and you can get the app for Android and iOS.)

Example of Send to phone button in Cloud Academy

Now you can study anywhere. Curl up in a corner. Sit outside. Or pretend to watch a hyperactive child while they dig in dirt and you steal a few moments to yourself.

Bonus: Don’t forget, you can also pre-download content so you have it available for offline studying. We’ll even make sure to download in the background and only when you’re on WiFi.

Download offline example from mobile app

Keep up the great work and as always, contact us for any support.

 

Training Tip #004: Stay connected

Now more than ever it’s key to keep up your connections with friends, co-workers, families, and/or online buds who share the same goals as you.

Working step-by-step towards a goal like a cert exam is hard and solitary. Check out some of these Cloud Academy resources to build out your support network for when you have questions, need encouragement, or just want a break.

What are some resources to try out?

Cloud Academy Support

Chat directly with a live Customer Support representative. Simply go to our new pricing page and click the “Support” button on the bottom right. As always, you can still email support@cloudacademy.com.

Reddit

The Cloud Academy subreddit was just relaunched and is moderated by our staff:

https://www.reddit.com/r/cloudacademy/

Cloud Academy Instructors

Check out our instructor bios here: https://cloudacademy.com/instructors/

You can contact them on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as contacting us directly on social media.

Webinars

Hop on a webinar and ask a question, or even recommend one for us to do. You’ll find our hosts and instructors friendly and eager to help.

What’s coming up next from Cloud Academy?

Keep yourself up-to-date by checking out our constantly updated content roadmap here. You’ll get updates on exciting new content covering:

  • Docker Certified Associate Exam Prep
  • Kubernetes
  • CI/CD
  • Alibaba Cloud
  • And lots more

Training Tip #003: Set a goal

Not sure where to start your learning? Are there too many awesome cloud subjects you want to master? Let’s leapfrog over that option paralysis and let the experts help you out — let’s choose a certification learning path!

Why start with a certification?

The experts at big cloud providers and other groups have done the hard work to establish what is important to know at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

We build the learning framework. Now you just go in, climb up that ladder, and execute on all the cool learning opportunities we provide. Plus, along the way, you’ll find out new tangents that you’re interested in and you can follow those, too.

Some certification learning path added bonuses:

  • Provide a step-by-step process
  • Demonstrate having reached an industry-standard proficiency level
  • Are a good short-term goal, approximately 3-6 months in total

Cloud Academy’s Certification Learning Paths

You’re sure to find something interesting in this list of all our current cert learning paths…

AWS Certifications

Associate

Professional

Specialty

Foundational

AWS Certifications

Azure Certifications

Fundamental

Associate

Professional

Microsoft Azure Certifications

Google Cloud Platform Certifications

Associate

Professional

Google Cloud Certifications

DevOps Certifications

Newly-Added Certifications

If you’re looking for something different, feel free to just jump right into your dashboard to find another learning path. If you’re not yet a Cloud Academy member, you can get started with any of our hundreds of learning paths with a 7-day free trial.

Training Tip #002: Set a training time reminder

Routines, routines, routines. As unsexy as they may sound, routines are the foundation for any sort of positive habit. Starting something new is hard, so use our training time reminders to get bite-sized chunks of study time on your calendar. After a few weeks of your new routine, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how it becomes second nature.

You can quickly create these from your Cloud Academy dashboard. Just click “Add a Training Reminder” and boom — your time is booked.

Training Tip #002

PRO TIP: Choose a short amount of time to start (maybe 30 minutes), and make it a time when you are least likely to be distracted. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Whichever works for you, just try one of them and modify as needed. And get yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee, too.

That’s it! We’re here to help you make things simpler. Let us know your thoughts.

Training Tip #001: Install the app

We know it’s tough to stay on track. That’s why we’re introducing Cloud Academy’s new training tips to help you stay motivated to study. Let’s dive right into why we think this tip deserves the top spot. 

Study in offline mode

To do this, you’ll need to install the app first and then download your training content. You can study anytime you’re without data or a WiFi signal. Just think about how much study time you can pack into your next flight or while you’re on the metro.

Cast to Chromecast

You now have the capability to cast your training content directly to your TV using both the iOS and Android apps. It’s simple. Just go the app, click the cast icon, and sit back on your couch and relax.

Continuous improvement

We’ve made a lot of recent updates to enhance app performance to make it blazingly fast and improve your overall experience. If you don’t want to take my word for it, just check it out for yourself.

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Want to try our new “magic” link?

We made it even easier to download the app. Just go to your Cloud Academy Dashboard > click “Download mobile app” > add your phone number > click “Send me the link.” It’s that simple.

Download mobile app

Already using the app?

If you’re already using the app, please take a moment to add a review on Google Play or the App Store. If you love it, tell us! If you don’t love it, let us know how we can improve. We’re constantly updating our app with your feedback in mind.

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Andrew Larkin

Andrew is an AWS certified professional who is passionate about helping others learn how to use and gain benefit from AWS technologies. Andrew has worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe. His favorite Amazon leadership principle is "Customer Obsession" as everything AWS starts with the customer. Passions around work are cycling and surfing, and having a laugh about the lessons learnt trying to launch two daughters and a few start ups.


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