PMP Study Material Based on Your Leaning Style

One of the questions that I am often asked by PMP aspiring students, what is the best way to study for the PMP exam.

With this much effort required to prepare for the exam, one of the questions that I am often asked by PMP aspiring students, what is the best way to prepare for the PMP exam. I always respond with … “it depends” … on your experience and preferred learning methods. There are a lot of great options available, but the option you select should be based on how you like to learn. Some people are a visual learner, others are auditory, and others are kinetic (hands-on) learners. Our learning styles impact everything we do, how we think, and how we interact with others. So it’s important to select a select a method to prepare that matches your learning style. Here is a link to a free quiz to help you discover your learning style: https://knowledgecertified.com/learningstyles.

This article will provide some recommendations based on the different learning styles and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Note: There are hundreds of options available and I am only referencing material that I am directly familiar with.

Study Material

  • PM PrepCast
    The PM PrepCast™ is a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Video Workshop of over 140 lessons that you download and watch on your tablet or smart phone at your convenience. This option provides the 35 contact hours needed for the exam. This is an excellent choice for someone
  • PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition – Updated: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
    This is probably the best-known book used to prepare for the exam and is very thorough covering most everything you may encounter on the exam. It has a lot of useful techniques, visual aids, and exercises to memorize important concepts. Many people have successfully used this book, but some feel it seems more like a textbook. This book is good for the person who likes to read and memorize information.
  • Head First PMP: A Learner’s Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam 3rd Edition
    This book is written for the visual learner as if it was being taught from a whiteboard. There are many visual diagrams with simple language explaining the concepts. Head First labs also offer a free online practice exam and a critical path exercise. In order the accommodate all of the visual-aids in the book, the book is quite long, encompassing 894 pages, which can make for a long read, but the highly visual people really appreciate the approach. Note: make sure to check out the errata for any corrections.
  • Achieve PMP Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, Updated January 2016
    This book is written for the person who has a decent grasp on project management and is looking for just the right amount of information needed to pass the exam. This books is very ‘Concise’ in presenting the information and gets to the point very quickly, which is something that I personally appreciate. This books also offers access to over 1400 online exam questions, which is critical.


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