I would say it was an accumulation of knowledge over time but I due to a cancelled vacation. I studied for 2 straight weeks everyday. I did 2 things:
- Bought one of the Comptia CySA+ Practice Exam books. It contained 1000 questions on each subject matter and then 2 practice exams. Bit of an over kill but it helped.
- I did buy the $400+ bundle from Comptia. It included the Base Exam fee, additional practice tests questions (which were great as well) and an retake exam. I honestly bought it for the retake just in case because instead of paying an addition $350, I would be saving myself $$.
I would recommend watching the videos and taking notes the best you can. Maybe take the practice exam that ITPro TV provides midway through the videos to see where you stand. Then for sure after the videos to see what you need to work on. That is what I did and that help a lot. Use the Custom Exam option, that is such a great tool. I would recommend the Comptia bundle like I did as a fail safe.
Take breaks. Tell yourself everything is going to be OK, lol.
Most importantly find your motivation and continually remind yourself of why are you after this cert.
Sorry the long read but that is the just of my success on passing.