I have a few questions regarding your training at MRU, or any malware training course in general, as I see there are quite a few forums that offer free training, so here they are:
what is a good but reasonable number of hours someone should commit to per week? I have a full-time job, and the weekend is the best time to dedicate to training, but maybe it is not enough. I am sure it depends also on everyone's starting point, but maybe you have an average answer based on your teaching experience.
I have a reasonable understanding of Windows, but I am no expert; I can offer my support to friends or family members when it comes to PC problems, but I am nowhere near the knowledge you have, and lack the more advanced skills, by far. I was impressed when I read the wide variety of backgrounds and occupations of those who went through training and eventually became malware fighters, and I am not myself involved in any way in the IT business, so my background is limited to what I learned by doing and self teaching, which is limited.
English is not my first language, and maybe my language skills are not enough to interact with a malware victim in a clear and understandable manner.
Pardon me for all my questions, but I read the information you clearly set out for everyone to know before applying to the MRU, and I can tell this is not an easy task, nor a joke, I can tell you take MRU very seriously, and I think it is the right approach, as I am sure many who apply do not really think hard about it before they apply...I have not applied, yet, as I do not take your course lightly, but a see it as a serious commitment, and I have a lot of consideration for the support and teaching you provide for free. The high turnover of students you mention is likely due to many prospective students not having a clear idea MRU takes a lot of commitment and dedication, and I would rather think it over more than once before sending my application, before I rush only to find out after a few weeks or months that I do not have what it takes to be a skilled malware fighter, someone I would like to eventually become, but being and wanting are two different things.
I hope your answers to my questions will clear some of my many doubts, and thank you in advance for your support and for reaching out to me,