Have you felt that our Universities do not prepare students for 'employability'? Students study well, get good marks. And when they join a job, employers find them short of being ready to perform.
Because they still have to negotiate the last mile.
In the past 4 years that I have coached close to a thousand PMP students, this has been one of the most common reason for failing PMP exam.
They study well using PMBOK and other primary study resources, but then fail to truly equip themselves to pass the exam.
They lack the resources and practice to tie it all together so they can actually negotiate those 4 hours on the exam with ease and come up with flying colors.
This is the reason I created PMP 'Last Mile' study resources.
This is a set of highly effective study artifacts, strategies, tools, and information that prepare you well for the Last Mile before the exam.
Many of the PMP students that have used PMP Last Mile prep resources have attributed it as an important aspect of their PMP success.
“Hi Shiv, Just thought I’ll let you know I passed my PMP exam yesterday and I had purchased your bundle of ebooks, which were quite helpful in my preparation.
I used the exam taking notes you mentioned and used the same strategy for exam coverage and it helped me save valuable time… …Thanks Once Again!”
– David C, Toronto
In a nutshell, this is what it covers -
This strategy allows you to utilize 4 hours on the exam in such a way that you answer more questions right. You'll be in a stress-free mindset throughout the exam, and as you go through the exam you continuously add seconds to the 'remaining time' on the exam.
This is so simple that once you know you'll wonder why you didn't think about this earlier. Simply apply to one or two 4-hr mock tests and you will see the power of this technique.
This is a set of two books - 250 questions, and 337+ questions.
The best way to use this is not to TEST your PMP knowledge, but to identify gaps in your understanding and focus on those areas.
The other objective from these questions should be to learn how to apply what you have learned during your PMP study to questions.
Do not time yourself when you attempt these questions, but simply use them to achieve the above objectives.
Answers are provided with necessary explanation.
With luck you may get 15-30 formula based questions in the exam.
Some of the formulas that may appear on PMP exam are not available in PMBOK. They are to be sourced from different books.
Without knowing which books to get these from what is the easiest way to study them all?
‘The Complete PMP Formula Guide’ book solves the problem for you.
All the formulas are explained with contextual background (so you understand them easily), and applied to multiple sample PMP questions (so you learn how to apply these formulas to an exam question and solve it).
I cleared the exam today with all 5 ‘Proficient’ score. Thanks for your formula guide – it worked really well for me.”
Mind map is one of the best tools that eases study efforts for not only PMP but any exam you’re gunning for.
Understanding how to create effective Mind maps will help you –
Make it a habit to learn to create and use mind maps – this is a valuable tool at work as well – for presentation, ideation, brain-storming, and not to miss – impress your boss.
The book also shows some neat (did I say Free) mind mapping tools you can use on your PC or Mac.
When you have to solve 200 questions in 4hrs, it gives you little over a minute 10 sec per question. That’s all. Moreover, if you took a break for water or rest-room the clock does not stop.
On the exam, managing your time is everything.
With each question giving you just over a minute to answer, how to you manage to take frequent breaks, relax, recharge and keep the concentration level up?
The solution is to reduce time spent on each question!
This strategy lets you afford few minutes of relaxation break every 45 mins, freshen up your mind, relax your body and get into the right state of mind to attack next set of questions.
This increases your chances of acing the exam well within 4hrs (I wish someone could’ve told me this trick during my exam).
Did you know that there are at least 14 TYPES of PMP questions?
Imagine identifying the question type by just looking at a question and then applying a specific strategy to answer it in seconds. This helps you accumulate precious minutes on the exam. You get more questions answered, more answers right, and feel more confident knowing that you have time on your side to answer difficult questions as you go along the exam.
This is one of the most popular PMP exam preparation books.
With ‘The Super Guide To PMP Question Types’ you’ll get most out of your study efforts when it matters the most – during the exam.
You don’t want to miss this book!
“Hello Shiv, Many thanks for your material [...], and also for the various
explanation to the ‘boring’ PMBOK… …
Its so great to be on this other
side of the divide…I’m glad I passed on first try and I am extremely
grateful to you. Especially for that your book on PMP exam [question]
Using Flashcards is a smart way of studying. With ‘PMP Smart Flashcards’, you study smarter.
Recent research has proven that a technique called Spaced Repetition – a way to repeat information with a frequency that is inversely proportional to the difficulty level – is a great way to push information into long term memory without taxing the brain.
The simpler way of saying this is that if you study difficult bit of information more frequently than easy bit of information, you will remember it easier and longer.
‘PMP Smart Flashcards’ is a set of over 620+ virtual flashcards that allow you to learn important PMP terms using Spaced Repetition study technique. This will greatly reduce the amount of time you take to study for your PMP exam.
Let us study smarter and faster, instead of harder.
Mnemonic is a device such as rhyme, formula, acronym, pictorial
representation, mind maps and so on, which helps remember/recall complex
piece of information.
PMP syllabus has many sets of information such as lists, definitions, formulas, definitions, names of personalities and so on that are important to be understood and recalled for the exam.
the exam, some of these will help manage day-to-day job as a project
This book is a collection of such mnemonics – proven to be helpful in preparing for the PMP exam.
“Just wanted to let you know I went over your book and find it very well written.
You make things easy to understand and I’m reminded of the techniques of “good” trainers to ease things up while going through, often very dry, topics!”
– Ralf Maier, PMP
A set of 11 books that smartly condense all the PMP concepts you ever need to study for your exam. These do not include processes or ITTOs - just pure concepts that you need to understand to be able answer PMP questions.
Use these to kick-start your PMP studies to get high-level understanding and then drill-down into specific Knowledge Areas to learn more. Or use these to know where you are going in between your PMP studies. Alternately, use these just before the exam to get a hold of all the concepts. Like a revision tool. The choice is yours.
Shiv, I just want to send a note of Thanks, for the support and advice as I sought to acquire my certification. I passed the exam on my second attempt yesterday while achieving a “Proficient”, in all five domains.
Your book was a key ingredient in my success.
The process and battle to study and successfully learn the material—not rote memorization, but to truly UNDERSTAND it—was challenging. However, the test-taking skills and tips in your book were nothing short of phenomenal; they made all the difference.
- Dave Lorenzo
You know the power of a cheat sheet for any exam.
This book helps you go over important PMP content in like 15 minutes.
As you continue studying for the PM exam using the primary study resources, use this cheat sheet to reinforce/revise your understanding.
A great tool to study while you are commuting, or when you have some time to spare.
Managing projects as we know is not limited to having the domain knowledge and project management knowledge. It is about knowing the best practices followed by successful project managers and emulating the same at work.
This book is a collection of corporate wisdom that has been exhibited by successful people and is available for us to use in our own experience. I have done exactly the same – studying successful people and trying to model their behavior that lead to their success.
These straight-to-the-point guide covers topics such as –
This 117 page book is a collection of 26 posts that cover various tips, techniques and methods of being a very successful project manager. This is a must-have career guidance book for any project manager!
With a background in music, engineering, management, education, and business, Shiv creates high-impact courses that yield quick results.
Shiv is an Amazon Best Selling author, and has authored over 20 books in Project Management and Digital Marketing domains.
Shiv coaches busy professionals pass their project management exam. He also trains people how to become published authors, professional bloggers, and online entrepreneurs with just a few hours a week (or weekend).