PMP Certification Journey: An average student like me! Prothoughts
First, let me say that I am not a very studious person. I am someone with average intelligence who struggles to find the motivation to do something that requires so much hard work. I think that this is why so many people can relate to me. I was the person I am so I decided that since I have one year to pass the exam, let’s get started preparing for July 17. And I did. Because I had just finished the course, Rita’s book was new to me for the whole month of July. I had planned to read Rita at least three times. So, my first reading was a quick run through of the book to get an idea of it. Then came August 17. In the first week, I went on a trekking trip and in the third week, I went to Ladakh. As expected, I lost my pace and because I read the book twice during my first reading, nothing remained in my mind.
Sep17 was a complete waste of time in terms preparation because I couldn’t find any time to study after work and couldn’t find motivation to study on weekends. I know that some of you may be thinking that this review is a waste.
I was just a normal human being and started asking my ProThoughts friends about their preparation. I thought that hearing about their progress might motivate me. They were not at the same level as me. Which is ZERO. In October 2017, I decided it was high time I started studying if I want to pass the exam. I was the old me and started searching the internet for shortcuts (notes, videos, charts, etc.). Headfirst PMP was twice the size of Rita, but written like a comic. It caught my attention. It helped me understand a lot of concepts. I found my tempo again. Headfirst was completed in two weeks. I then jumped at Rita’s book. This time, I read slowly and understood as much as possible (MAKING MY OWN NOTICES WHILE READING). This was the best thing I did. I didn’t need to go back to Rita’s book because I had my own notes. I was done with Rita’s book and had made my notes by mid-November 2017. That’s when I found out that the Syllabus was going to be changing starting April 18. I booked my exam date for 22nd December ’17 immediately.
It was now ON. I set a goal to complete my studies by Nov 2017 and solve all questions by December 2017.
I memorized my NOTES in and out, and I also memorized ITTO (not sure if that works for you). I created my own process chart with some tricks showing how some critical inputs and outputs flow, referred Rana’s Chart (google it). All this was completed by the Nov ’17 end.
I began solving questions from the 1st of December. One of my friends recommended the Rita exam simulator. I also received the entire Christopher Scordo question bank and off-course the mock exams from ProThoughts. I solved all of these in the last two weeks. I have reviewed my incorrect answers, which is very important.
All in all, I studied for 2 months at a moderate pace and passed my PMP exam.
We are grateful to Mr. Ashish Sadekar for being our tutor. I’m sure ProThoughts will grow under his guidance.
All the best to everyone.