7 Salesforce Trailhead Hacks For Beginners
Are you determined to learn Salesforce and get certified? These tips will help you ace your exam.
My first experience with Trailhead by Salesforce left me overwhelmed. I was amazed by the number of available resources, such as modules, trails, blogs, podcasts, live tutorials and all the other means to learn Salesforce. Yet, I did not know where to start since it seemed that the resources were endless. I kept jumping between modules and trails, never completing any of them. I was trying to learn everything at the same time, and it was not working. After a couple of weeks, I realized that I had to find a system, so I had a closer look at Trailhead tools that would help me stay on track.
Choose Your Career Path
The first step was to decide which career path I wanted to follow. Having a clear goal in mind helped me narrow my focus, so I dived into Which career is right for me? to research all the different options. This section offered great insights into a variety of Salesforce positions, the salary range, and preferred skills recruiters would look for in various roles. My favourite part, though, was a peek into a Salesforce career’s regular day, which briefly described the daily duties and a day at work.
You put the “I” in impact. You bring innovation to life, bridging the gap between business requirements and technology. (Salesforce, 2020)
After considering my skills and interests, I decided that a Salesforce Administrator would be a great career path for me. Content with my decision, I curved a learning path for myself and started studying for the certification exam.
Bookmark Favorite Modules
One of the features I often used to organize my learning path was to bookmark all the courses and trails on my to-do list as a favorite. After I clicked on a heart icon under each module, I could easily find all the marked modules in the Favorite section, which appears under the profile icon. This way, I could keep track of what modules and trails I was interested in completing. If I no longer wanted to keep some of the modules in my Favorite section, I unmarked them by clicking on the heart icon again, and they would disappear from my list, giving room to new modules.
Create Your Personalized Trailmix
Did you know that you can create your personalized trailmix? It is a great way how to organize all the modules from your wish list into a trail and bring structure into your learning plan. I arranged the modules on my to-do list according to the exam topics, and that helped me concentrate on one subject at a time without feeling overwhelmed. Find a plus icon under the module you wish to add to your personalized trailmix, select Add To New Trailmix and add a name and a description.
Practice Makes Perfect with Admin Superbadge Set
After completing numerous trails related to Salesforce Administration, I felt confident to test my new skills.
Prove your hands-on skills with real-world business scenarios that test your expertise across reports and dashboards, business administration, and security. (Salesforce, 2020)
Passing Superbadge challenges, and completing Admin Superbadge Set was a great way how to test my knowledge in real-life scenarios, and it helped me identify my weaknesses. Besides, these challenges helped me built my confidence in my Salesforce skills, and I couldn’t wait to start another challenge, including my certification exam!
Get Ready For Your Exam
When you sign up for your exam, remember to review the Get Started with Administrator Certification Prep module. Thanks to this module, I learned what topics were on the exam, the percentage weight of every subject, and I also found great suggestions for additional study materials that helped me answer any remaining questions related to the exam. Working my way through this module was an excellent revision of everything I had learned so far.
Use The Exam Topic Flashcards To Review
As a part of my final revision process, I used Exam Topic Flashcards to decorate my apartment.
I was revising for the exam while cooking, falling asleep or even brushing my teeth.
The exam topic flashcards were everywhere — on my kitchen wall, above my bed, on my bathroom mirror — you name it! I was revising for the exam while cooking, falling asleep or even brushing my teeth, and it paid off eventually.
Take The Practice Test
The final step before taking the official exam was to test my knowledge on the practice test approximately two weeks before the real deal. I highly recommend taking this test as it would give you a better idea of what to expect on the certification exam. You can take the practice exam anytime and as many times as you want when you sign up for the practice test on Webassessor for 20 USD for each attempt. In the end, it would also give you a breakdown of how you scored on individual subjects, which would give you an idea of where your skills are and what knowledge you still need to improve before the official test.
When the big exam day is here, and it is time for you to take the official exam, remember to take a deep breath, go to bed early and get a night of good sleep, and stay calm. You worked hard, and it will pay off, so good luck on the exam!