The PMI Nashville Chapter benefits from the study groups by offering members additional opportunities to learn, encouraging alternative ways to networking, and adding value to chapter memberships.
The PMI Study Group attendees benefit in a variety of ways:
Attendees are encouraged to alter their old ways of thinking
Less effective patterns of behavior are minimized and productivity is maximized
Procrastination is less likely in a group environment, because of the accountability to the others in the group
Group study encourages attendees to explain things aloud; speaking to and listening to others, often improves recall ability
The various perspectives from others in the group improve attendees’ chances of anticipating test questions
Some group members are likely to understand something others don’t
Group members will listen and discuss information and concepts during the group session
Teaching/explaining information/process/concepts to other group members will help attendees reinforce mastery of the information/process/concepts
Study Group Recommended Protocol
Study groups typically meet once per week for 1.5-2 hours
One knowledge area per study group session should be covered
Typical length is 12 weeks; however, it is up to all members of the group to decide
Each member volunteers to facilitate/teach a knowledge area at least once – approx. 60 mins
Some study groups have used prepared questions to facilitate the study sessions rather than each member covering a knowledge area. The group has the option of deciding the best method for their style of learning.
Be prepared for each knowledge area – even if you are not the facilitator
Take a pre-test prior to each subject; approx. 20 mins then review answers in round table
Take a post-test after each subject; approx. 20 mins then review answers in round table
Participate and encourage positive dialogue
Study group requirements
Study groups should have a minimum of 5 members and generally no more than 12, which allows for critical mass to continue should someone drop out, but not so many people that everyone doesn’t have a chance to participate and lead
Study groups are self-directed by pre-designated Project Manager(s) after the kick-off meeting
A predetermined location for the group to meet (preferably a conference room at their office/business)
Each member contributes to discussions
Study group members work collaboratively during discussions
Study Group Materials
The PMP study book, Rita Mulcahy’s PMP EXAM PREP, EIGHTH EDITION—UPDATED by RMC Learning Solutions, will be purchased by PMI, mailed to participants and used for the group study. It is important for the group to utilize standard materials.
Study Group Commitments
Study groups members should follow the protocol set forth by the their group
Study groups require a commitment of 100 or more hours to studying
Study group members should be on time to group sessions
Create a study plan – this will help you be prepared for each session
Study group members should be respectful of others knowledge and viewpoints
Study group members should set a date to take the exam
Study Group Potential Challenges
Commitment to group
Separating particular work terminologies and practices with PMI philosophies
Q: How often do study groups meet?
A: Study groups typically meet once per week, between 1.5-2 hours
Q: How long does the study group stay together?
A: Typical length is 12 weeks; however, it is up to all members of the group to decide
Q: What is typically covered in each study session?
A: Usually one knowledge area is covered per study group session
Q: Who facilitates the study group?
A: Each member volunteers to facilitate/teach a knowledge area at least once. Approx. 60 mins
Take a pre-test prior to each subject; approx 20 mins, then review answers in round table
Take a post-test after each subject; approx. 20 mins, then review answers in round table
Q: How do I prepare to facilitate a session?
A: Some study groups have used prepared questions to facilitate the study sessions rather than prepare a presentation. The group has the option of deciding the best method for their style of learning.
Q: What happens if I can’t make it to a session?
A: Participating in a study group takes a commitment from everyone for it to be successful. Group members should make every effort to attend each session. If an emergency arises, let the other group members know ASAP.
Q: What types of certifications does the study group help to prepare me for?
A: Currently, study groups are targeted to the PMP and CAPM, although PMI offers other certifications. For a list and description of those, visit – http://www.pmi.org/Certification.