Training Tip #006: Get Your Hands Dirty
You have a lot going on and need to find ways to learn more effectively. It’s time to learn by doing. It’s time to apply what you’ve learned where it really counts: in real cloud environments using Cloud Academy labs. When you do this over and over again, you’ll learn what to do in real-life work scenarios and other high-pressure situations — like certification exams.
Cloud Academy Labs Explained
As you may know, we have three very different types of labs: hands-on labs (guided), lab challenges (non-guided), and our newest lab playgrounds (sandboxed). Depending on your technical level, you’ll want to start with the right lab for you.
Hands-on Labs
Hands-on labs are guided experiences to learn in live cloud environments with step-by-step guidance to practice your skills without getting stuck. 

Lab Challenges
Lab challenges are non-guided skill validation to demonstrate problem-solving skills — basically, hands-on labs with the gloves off.

Lab Playgrounds
Lab playgrounds provide a safe and secure sandbox environment for you to explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answer your own questions — all without having to install any software on your local machine. You can feel free to take risks and try unfamiliar tools and commands to learn more about working in a live environment — even if it means running into a dead end and needing to start the lab over.

We’re constantly innovating and creating more content for you. Check out our Content Roadmap Updates for more info on what’s next at Cloud Academy.
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

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