Learn How You Learn First


Matt Cowan
ON, Canada

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“Our ability to master the learning process can be a very exciting endeavor, not only for our careers, but more importantly, it greatly enriches our lives, and gets us further in touch with the things we care most about.”

Matt Cowan passed the PMP® exam for the first attempt. He shared his way of learning below.

Learning to learn

  • Be aware of the best learning methods and techniques
  • Study by Barbara Daley at the University of Milwaukee uncovers how one learns best:
    • Depends on the learner’s motivation and the drive for obtaining results
    • Learning expert views learning as an “active and self-initiated process”
    • Novice requires a guided learning process,
  • Before attempting the PMP® exam, challenge yourself to “learn to learn”. Some people can just learn by reading alone, others requires guidance, many others would learn best with trial and error.

Understand how I learn best

  • Selected two books: PMP® in Depth: Project Management Professional Study Guide for the PMP® Exam, and PMBOK® Guide Guide.
  • Scheduled the test for the next week and began studying for a week.
  • Glanced through the indices of the books and mapped out core areas for studying, including all the knowledge areas (inputs, outputs, tools & techniques), formulas and definitions.
  • Created milestones for the study
  • Summarized the material using acronyms, numbers, and a color-coded grid system for memorizing
  • Did a lot of practice exams.


  • Learn how you learn best is very important for your life and career. This is much greater than obtaining the PMP®.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Matt Cowan


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Notable Achievements

5 Proficient Pass 2nd Try