Using Study Groups to Prepare for the PMP Exam

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 20,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast at and he guides PMI credential holders on earning PDUs with The PDU Insider at

Preparing for the PMP exam can be a lonely road. Your friends and family will eventually tire of quizzing you and will leave you to your own devices. With your PMBOK Guide tucked under your arm, a PMP exam prep podcast streaming in your ear and PM study flashcards set as your laptop’s screen saver, at some point self-study may become a little too overwhelming. You could continue on this solitary path, or you could find a study buddy (or buddies) to keep you motivated and on track. A good study group can help prepare you for the exam--and can make studying a lot more fun, too.

There are many reasons you might consider joining a study group. First, studying in a group breaks the monotony of studying alone. It’s nice being with others who can appreciate--and share--your pre-exam pain. Group study also introduces both new and different perspectives and ideas. The synergy of shared experiences creates a deeper pool from which you can draw during the exam. A study buddy can also help clarify any subject matter that you find unclear or confusing. Likewise, you can potentially do the same for your buddies; this opportunity to teach has another benefit as well--explaining information to others often helps solidify and clarify that information in your own mind.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying with others, however, is that it forces you to study. If you …

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