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“Your PMP Class Is Over … What’s the Best Way to Study Down the Home Stretch?”

ADVISORY ARTICLE

(My Top 11 FINAL Study Tips)

By Jeff Furman, PMP

New York, USA


You’ve completed your PMP Prep Class, and you have some time before your exam. What’s the best way to do your final studying? (So much material… where to begin?)

After teaching more than 150 PMP Prep classes, plus many other project management courses for NYU SPS, the US Army, and I.T. training companies in New York and California… here are my best tips that have helped many of my students cross the finish-line for their PMP®.

11) Skim for the Key Test Tips in Your Book

Most PMP books highlight their best tips in call-out boxes or side-bars, or in summaries at the end of each chapter. After you’ve gone through your main book, a good way to review is to go back and re-read ALL these highlighted tips. And when you come to one you’re not 100% sure about, drill-down in the book and study the corresponding sections.

10) The ‘How To Pass The Test’ Chapter

Besides the chapters on all the Knowledge Areas & processes, most PMP books offer a good chapter devoted exclusively to the test. In my book’s ‘How To Become PMP Certified’ chapter, I give test tips, mnemonics, a guide to the exam logistics, plus several unique activities and exercises which my students use in my PMP Prep classes. Whichever book you’re studying with, devote quality-time to its ‘How To Pass’ chapter!

9) ‘The Brain Dump’ – NOT Just The Formulas!

Many test-takers take advantage of the ‘brain-dump’ – using your scrap paper and 15 minutes before the test starts to jot down the formulas you studied in class (making them ‘open-book’). But beyond just the formulas, it’s recommended to also write down any keywords, mnemonics, or even quick diagrams that gave you trouble in your class. Having all this in front of you on the test keeps you from stopping to dig things out of your memory as you go through the questions, saving you time. And doing the memory dump also makes you feel confident and well-prepared for your test.

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About the Author

pmwj43-Feb2016-Furman-PHOTOJeff Furman

New York, USA

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Jeff Furman, PMP®
is a highly experienced I.T. Project Manager and Project Management Instructor.

Jeff currently teaches six project management courses for NYU’s School of Professional Studies, and also teaches PMP Prep for the U.S. Army, on bases around the United States.

He has led many software projects for Fortune 100 firms in the NYC area. And for many years he managed a mission-critical I.T. change management system, which handled application changes 24 x 7 for a large brokerage in Manhattan.

The 2nd Edition of his book, “The Project Management Answer Book” was just published by Management Concepts Press in January, 2015

Jeff can be contacted at [email protected]