How can you use PMP mind maps to study for the certification test? What exactly is mind mapping? Why is it useful for the exam prep? You will find answers for these questions in this article.

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How can you use PMP mind maps to study for the certification test? What exactly is mind mapping? Why is it useful for the exam prep? You will find answers for these questions in this article. Mind maps or idea maps are very useful for managing projects. They are often used for brainstorming and gathering project requirements. You can find it in the chapter on Scope Management Knowledge Area. It is listed as one of the techniques in the?

Collect Requirements? Mind Mapping is as much useful if not more for the PMP students as they are for the project managers. I would suggest you to use these diagrams while studying for your credential exam. You can look at few sample mind maps on Pinterest. I have developed a slew of learning oriented mind maps for the PMP students. I have compiled them in an eBook. It will help you in your studies. Consider this.

You are working in your office and your boss asks you to go to Antarctica. What will be your immediate thoughts? You will have a slew of What, Why, Where, and How type of questions. Human brain is very powerful. It is capable of thinking about infinite and divergent possibilities in a fraction of second. What if you draw these possibilities on a piece of paper? It will help you to organize and streamline the thoughts.

Such a drawing is nothing but a mind map for you. It is a colorful diagram that visually captures your ideas in a non-linear format. The map starts with a central idea in the middle. It has branches to represent sub-ideas. If required, the branches can be forked out into sub-branches.

You can create as many branches and sub-branches as needed to support your central idea. You can use word, images, sketches, and lines to represent your ideas. The topics and sub-topics can be distinguished by using different colors, images, and sketches. To understand more, you can look at step by step instructions for creating a mind map.

Theory of Idea Mapping Idea mapping is a whole-brained visual think approach. It engages and exploits both hemispheres of your brain. Many researches prove the power and utility of mind mapping. It is a very potent technique that helps in many different situations.

Among many other things, this technique can be used for brainstorming, organizing note-taking, problem-solving, planning, creativity, and presentations. It improves productivity, saves time, and enhances learning. You can also look at this article for a deeper understanding of the benefits of the mind maps. The mind maps help PMP students in two ways: I.

Making notes Do you get overwhelmed when you have to learn tons of information? Do you get bogged down when you have to memorize thousands of terms? Do you get frustrated when you have to understand and remember several seemingly unrelated concepts?

Mind maps help you overcome such problems. Mind maps are a great way to organize and note down large amount of important information in a succinct manner. You can make visual connections between main ideas and keywords on a single sheet of paper.

Which one do think is more useful? Would you rather make linear notes or mimic the way your brain thinks? A mind-mapping approach to making notes is simpler and easier. And it reduces the number of pages. Exam Preparation How would you feel if you had to study thick books or voluminous notes to prepare for the exam?

I am sure you will feel scared. But it does not have to be that way. You can simply study from the mind maps and finish your studies quickly. And to revise, you can create the maps from your memory. This way you will retain and remember much more than the traditional methods. A mind-mapping exam prep approach is lot faster and far more reliable. Pictures are 6x superior than words for retaining information. Some of the main benefits of mind mapping for PMP students are: Notes can be easily assimilated.

Notes making is much faster. Large volume of information can be compressed into a single page. Information can be organized visually in a brain friendly manner. Relevant and important knowledge is at one place. Recall is easy and quick. Brain is liberated from the linear thinking. A map helps you to make logical connections between different concepts.

The complete study is broken into small parts. It is easier to plan and schedule your studies. It is very easy to make logical relationships within a single mind map. But it is not easy to make connections across different mind maps. The idea mapping techniques falls a little short When you have multiple maps. Each one can be created on a separate sheet.

You can have a different map for each PG, KA, individual processes, and a few other things. The terms and concepts across PG, KA, and processes are related to each other. But these relationships cannot be depicted on the individual maps. You can use them together for your PMP studies.

Final Words You can save significant amount of time and improve your learning by using PMP mind maps. Idea mapping is especially useful for these learners. You too can benefit from idea mapping if you are a visual learner. Having said that, idea mapping technique is also useful for the rest of the population. The technique exploits both parts of the brain. It is beneficial for everyone.

To help the exam aspirants, I have created a pdf eBook. You can buy this eBook by clicking on the following button. Do you find questions based on ITTO difficult? Or, do you feel confident about them? Please leave a comment.


PMP Mind Maps Can Accelerate Your ITTO Learning

The first package of files I was sent included information on how to start getting physically ready to take the test with changes to my diet and sleep habits. They also recommended clearing both your work and personal schedule so that for one week, your total focus was on the exam. I found a Durabrand at Wal-Mart that did the trick. I was also given a two page map of the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBoK that needed to be committed to memory and dumped to paper within 15 minutes.


PMP Mind Maps Can Accelerate Your ITTO Learning


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