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​Preparing for the PMP Exam: A Lesson in Over-Preparation by Traci Cook

Everyone has their own learning style so I can only share with you what worked for me to prepare for the PMP exam ... A couple of caveats before I share …  I am an over-preparer. I was slightly terrified to take this exam and likely spent too much money and used too many resources for a normal, non-extreme studier. I justified that I had saved thousands of dollars on a PMP boot camp due to the gracious program at Syracuse and IVMF so I spent a little more on additional resources than I likely would have normally. I learn best when I can see and hear and feel concepts presented in a variety of ways. Because of this, I like to have lots of options. Audio books, podcasts, blog posts, videos, books (printed and virtual), online courses … I go “full immersion” and use all these things to prepare. I satisfied the 35 hours of instruction by enrolling for PMP Certification Preparation through Syracuse University's "Onward to Oppo
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