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Instructor-Led vs. Self-Study

October 10, 2023 in Uncategorized by

Fellow Techs, 

Unless I’m riding a fine-bred quarter horse named Daisy on a summer’s day in west Texas, you won’t see me “straddling” very often.   

But that is exactly what I intend to do nowstraddle the fence…  

Because when it comes to preparing for any IT certification, everyone must choose between Instructor-Led and Self-Study training – and there are pros and cons to both… 

These are big decisions especially because so much is riding on you passing the exam… new job opportunities, promotions, self-confidence – heck even career changes I’ve seen it all!  

So I’ve compared the pros and cons of Instructor-Led vs Self-Study methods below, so no matter what method you choose, you’ll know what to expect.  

Instructor-Led Training (Online/In-Person):


  1. Structured Learning: Instructor-led training offers a well-organized curriculum, ensuring you cover all crucial topics systematically.
  2. Interactive Instruction: Live sessions provide opportunities for questions, clarifications, and discussions with instructors and peers.
  3. Live Practice Sessions: Hands-on exercises help you apply what you’ve learned in real-time.
  4. Community Support: Joining a group of like-minded individuals pursuing the same goals can be highly motivating and supportive.


  1. Fixed Schedule: Scheduled classes may not be suitable for those with busy routines or irregular hours.
  2. Limited Flexibility: The rigid structure may not cater to different learning paces and preferences.
  3. Cost: High-quality instructor-led training can be quite expensive, often costing thousands of dollars.



  1. Flexibility: With self-study, you have the freedom to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.
  2. Cost-Effective: Self-study materials are often more affordable or even free.
  3. Personalization: You can focus on the topics that matter most to you, without being tied to a set curriculum.


  1. Lack of Interaction: Self-study can be isolating, lacking the engagement and support of instructors and peers.
  2. Accountability: Without external structure, it’s easy to procrastinate or lose motivation.
  3. Potential Gaps: You might miss essential concepts or not receive timely guidance when facing challenges.

See you around, 




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