And I didn't use Boson. Could I have, maybe? Would I have passed it in a shorter amount of time? The answer is probably.
All things aside, I didn't have any background in networking, just interest in how it all works. So a year ago I started with Wikipedia articles about logic gates, binary, OSI model and all that good stuff. Didn't do me any good but realize how out of my depth I was.
So this summer I used my savings and took time off working and used ITUonline for ICND1. It was my first look at training videos and I had gone through 10 or so and thought, "I got this."
It was CBT nuggets that brought it all together though and that really is the "magic" for my journey thusfar. It got me to where I needed more technical info. That's when the Cert Guide by Lammle came into my life and finally we end with Exam Cram ICND1 100-105.
I took a little break after September because of starting a new job in IT. But since I acquired both books aforementioned I was studying hard for each topic both texts cover. Through all of this I was using GNS3 and later pacet tracer (I was able to use live equipment, so I could see what worked past PT as well).
All that said, PT with CBT Nuggets and Odom's study guide was the best formula looking back. Everything added up in its own way, but for anyone reading looking for inspiration, those are my "reccomendations".
I know everyone says know your shit, and it sounds cliche after a while, but they aren't kidding. You need to know your shit, and be decisive in answering.
Know your knowledge. Believe in yourself. Stay calm.