How I’m Studying for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification

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I’m back!

I’ve decided to jump right back into studying so that I can earn my AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification by the end of December.

I’m not taking a break because I want to keep the momentum I have going and I don’t want to forget everything I’ve learned while earning my Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

For this round, I’m going to use two of Linux Academy’s learning paths to study:

  • From AWS Beginner to AWS Certified (critical for the AWS exam)
  • Junior AWS Cloud Engineer – Entry Level (critical for experience in DevOps, in my opinion)

Within each learning path, there are several courses to complete.

I chose Linux Academy to study with because:

  • Course Scheduler: I entered a start date, # of hours to study per day, and then received a schedule of what lessons to complete by what date
  • Flash Cards: Will be great for studying
  • Hands on labs

From AWS Beginner to AWS Certified Study Schedule

Course: AWS Concepts


Getting Started
  • AWS Concepts Course Introduction
00:01:14 10/20/2019
  • Course Features and Tools
00:03:37 10/20/2019
AWS & the Cloud
  • Understanding AWS
00:16:38 10/20/2019
Introduction to Core AWS Services
  • Understanding VPCs
000:06:37 10/20/2019
  • Understanding EC2 (Part 1)
00:05:03 10/20/2019
  • Understanding RDS
00:12:54 10/20/2019
  • Understanding S3
00:04:49 10/21/2019
  • Understanding EC2 (Part 2)
AWS Global Infrastructure
  • Understanding How AWS is Physically Set Up
00:06:36 10/21/2019
  • Quiz: AWS Concepts
00:15:00 10/21/2019
Final Steps
  • What’s Next?
00:06:11 10/21/2019
  • Get Recognized!


If you’re interested in reviewing the remainder of my study plan, click here to see it.

I also setup a recurring calendar reminder and Asana tasks.

Calendar Settings

How to Setup a Calendar Reminder to Study - Arielle Hale

Asana Setup

How Arielle Hale Setup Asana for AWS SAA


As always, I’ll be taking super detailed notes. I made a template for you here if you’d like to get started, click here to download it. I’m not able to share my notes due to them including content that has been paid for.

My Other Tools for Success

  • As always, I’ll be taking Gorilla Mind “Rush” (affiliate link) before studying. Please start with only 1-2/day if you decide to try it.
  • Accountability: my friends Tailor, Beez, and Tara always help keep me on track with my goals.
  • Giving myself permission to adjust my study plan and schedule, as needed. Life happens and the holidays are coming up. It’s okay for me to shift and adjust.
  • Getting rest, committing to waking up early at 5:30am, exercising, going outside, and having fun.
  • I’ll also use WhizLabs SAA Practice Tests to help study, possibly their SAA online course (if time allows for it).

I’m scheduled to take the SAA on December 27, 2019. Happy studying and good luck!

Edit #1: Jeff Jessie recommended taking Jon Bonso’s practice tests and said there’s 6 versions you can take and they’re really good.


4 thoughts on “How I’m Studying for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification”

  1. Thank you for sharing your note taking template. I usually just copy a bunch of things in a Google doc and add my own notes. I like the idea to start with s skeleton of the course outline. I am on a similar journey. I scheduled my test for November 15. I will be following your progress. Good luck!

    1. I found using the headers and organizing them a little more helped me after I took practice tests because I could refer back to a specific section(s) to improve that area of knowledge. I’m scheduled for December 27th, good luck on your studies!

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