If you have not studied for a period of time it is advisable to refresh your understanding of what your learning style is and use it to your best advantage. There are a lot of web sites that can help you do an inventory to learn your most developed style. Google “Learning Styles” for more information.
Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner? Visual learners process information by visual stimulation which can be enhanced with colors, graphics, and note-taking. Auditory learning experiences are enhanced with spoken material. Listening to CD’s while driving can increase the comprehension for auditory learners. Kinesthetic learners like to do. Engage them and do hands on activities when possible.
As a highly kinesthetic learner I employed enhancements for all three learning styles. The act of “doing” this helped me retain much more efficiently. There is no getting around the fact that studying for this certification exam is a lot of rote memory. Volumes of it! I suggest stacking the deck in your favor. I created note cards, read the chapters, wrote notes, typed the notes and then read them into a digital recorder to listen to while driving. Overkill? Maybe but it worked. The CD’s really helped me burn the information in my brain. I find Rote memory extremely challenging and this exam requires little bits of information in a lot of areas. I don’t want to scare you away but I encourage you to employ strategic study methods! In our CMP Boot Camp we do games, practice tests and as many fun exercises to support the acquisition of the material. Fellow CMP’ers please post any methods you have used that you found useful.