His study habits and lessons learned on becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Jonathan Emmons, PMP.
I should start by saying that my study habits are not something I would recommend to others, especially those that aren't comfortable taking high-stakes exams or have any doubt about whether they are ready. There's a lot of good advice out there regarding study plans, using multiple resources, etc. that I would point you towards instead.
I took a minimalist approach; my contract ended recently and I'm still looking for my next gig, so in my case the emphasis was on speed and expense. I originally purchased the PM Prepcast because I couldn't afford to shell out the $1700+ it was going to take to sit in a classroom for four days, though in hindsight this was a blessing as I found that spreading out the lessons was better for me. I would usually try to knock out 5-6 lessons in a sitting - somewhere around 3 hours or so - which was about as much as I could do at one time without losing my focus.
I didn't use any other resources outside of the Prepcast, the exam simulator, and the PMBOK guide (which I used mostly as a reference, as I found the format too disjointed for sustained reading). I know that Cornelius and his team are likely wagging their fingers at me for admitting to that, but again, do as they say, not as I did. I was taking a gamble, and one that luckily worked out in my favor as I now have three new letters I can put to work in my job search.
That said, here are a few things that I found important along the way:
- I'll vouch for the "don't memorize" advice that was repeated throughout the Prepcast lessons. The ITTOs are important, but the types of questions I saw were focused much more on the way the outputs of one process become inputs to other processes and how the different pieces fit together, not on spitting out a complete list for a specific process. The Prepcast talks about this, but after taking a few practice exams I found that studying the flow of ITTOs between processes was one thing that I needed to focus on on my own using the PMBOK Guide, and this definitely paid off on the real exam. Focus on the relationships, not the lists.
Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/lessons-learned/4120-passed-6-27-first-attempt