Sorry to take so long to reply, guys.
First, I read Mike Meyer's A+ Exam Guide all the way through.
Next I subscribed to ITProTV, and purchased the Comptia CertMaster Bundle (voucher and study software: they give a free 2nd voucher if you don't pass the first time)
Starting with the 801 material:
For each exam objective, I first watched the ITPro episode(s), then worked through the corresponding CertMaster section. (If I needed further explanation, I went back to Meyer's book).
I basically followed this procedure twice through. Then, the last week prior to the exam, I worked through the practice tests (1 exam included with Meyer's Book, then the practice tests included with ITPro subscription). Once I reached 90 % mark with practice tests I scheduled the REAL EXAM, took and passed 801 in January
I followed this procedure again with the 802 exam, took that in May and passed.
I know this seems like a long time between exams, but I was completely new to IT studies, so I really had no experience before picking up Meyer's book.
I definitely needed the time to absorb all this new material (I have also been learning Python with some courses from Coursera and EdX).
Thanks again for the great shows (over 90 hours for the whole A+ is a mountain of material).