Study Group

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Benefits of Study Groups

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

  • Time management
    • Work
    • Personal life
    • Studying
  • Commitment to group
  • Separating particular work terminologies and practices with PMI philosophies

FAQS

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.