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If you are just beginning or are in the middle of studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam, you probably already know that in order to pass, you need to fully understand both A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. and the Project Management Institute (PMI) Code of Ethics. You have probably spent some time thinking about the many study techniques available to you. In this article, I examine four PMP Exam study techniques, their effectiveness, and some possible alternatives, you may not have considered.
Technique 1 – Reading and Highlighting / Underlining the PMBOK Guide and PMI Code of Ethics
Reading text and highlighting or underlining as we go is a technique many of us learned and used during our high school or college days, so it is a familiar technique.
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Lessons learned towards becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Marcy Chartier, PMP.
At the end of April I decided to commit to taking the PMP exam. It took me a few days to do some research into what materials and/or courses I wanted to pursue to study. There was a ton of information out there, and it was hard to figure out what the right combo of items might be. There were also huge variations in pricing- several thousand dollar courses down to several hundred dollar online options. After reading many reviews, and deciding that I'd rather start with a small budget and see how my progress looked after a few weeks, I purchased the PM PrepCast, PrepCast Exam Simulator, the PMBOK Guide and Rita Mulcahy's "Course in a Book" guide.
Per the instructions of Cornelius & Rita, I sat down and wrote out a study plan. I decided that I wanted to be done with it all in 2-2.5 months, as it was going to take a significant part of each day to prepare. I have two elementary school-aged kids, and work full-time in a pretty demanding job, so figuring out where to fit studying in was a bit of a challenge. I wanted to condense that as much as possible!
My plan involved first reading the entire PMBOK guide once through- that took about a week. Then I broke out the month of May, to focus on 3-4 chapters from the PMBOK Guide/Rita's each week. I used all of my study materials to focus on the selected chapters- starting with re-reading the PMBOK chapters, listening to as many PrepCasts from Cornelius as possible from those knowledge areas, and reading Rita's chapters & completing the exercises. I had to get up a 5am, and study after work, while listening to the PrepCasts during my commute to fit it all in. Then each Saturday I took the 3-4 quizzes from Rita's book, plus the PrepCast quizzes, to evaluate my progress. I also set a hard deadline of applying for the PMP Exam by June 1st- that gave me a month to document my PM experience and get ready for the application process (which was, in itself, pretty daunting.)
Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/4798-passed-pmp-with-two-month-study-plan
How do you create PMP Exam Flashcards? Here is what Wikipedia says: "A flashcard or flash card is a set of cards bearing information, as words or numbers, on either or both sides, used in classroom drills or in private study. One writes a question on a card and an answer overleaf. Flashcards can bear vocabulary, historical dates, formulas or any subject matter that can be learned via a question and answer format. Flashcards are widely used as a learning drill to aid memorization by way of spaced repetition."
For the PMP exam this means that you can use flashcards to study all the facts that you must memorize, like the names of the Knowledge Areas or processes from the PMBOK Guide. Or all the formulas you need. Or you can study the complete PMBOK Glossary using flashcards. Or any exam fact that you personally have trouble remembering.
How to create your cards: find the fact and write a question about this fact on the front of the card (i.e. What are the 5 Process Groups called in their correct order?) and then write the answer on the back (i.e. initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling, closing). By doing this you achieve two goals: First of all you have to research these facts yourself and then write them down onto your card. This means that the act of creating the card itself is a learning experience. And second, now that you have this fact on your card you can review the question/answer on a daily basis. Repetition is the key.
But of course, it's completely understandable that not everyone has the time and energy to create the cards for themselves and would prefer buying a set of cards. No problem. Various companies (ours included) have these ready made cards on sale. Some are paper based and some (like ours at www.pmflashcards.com) are electronic. The benefit of the electronic ones is that they are easy to carry around because they are loaded onto your phone. This means you can simply whip out your phone whenever you have five minutes available and work your way through a few cards.