As the deadline approaches for the SHRM and HRCI certification exams, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you have to absorb in a short period of time. Having a strategy to help you take in and retain study materials is the key to your success. Here, I’ll go over some tips to help you prepare and study for your certification exam.
Preparing For Your SHRM-SCP and SHRM-CP HR Exams
We’ve established that certification is important and can help you further your career. Since most of us are working at demanding jobs and managing home lives while we’re studying, it might feel like the pressure on your schedule and bandwidth is just too much. I’ve written about some “brain hacks” that can help alleviate this pressure, like making sure your basic human needs (nutrition, sleep, exercise) are tended to while you work towards your goal. So once we’ve met these basic needs, how do we study for the exam?
Schedule learning over a period of time
While it’s tempting to set aside a weekend for a cram session reading the materials, learning over time is much more effective to help you retain the information. This requires consistency and a schedule, and is also known as the “spacing effect.” Dartmouth College published a study on the spacing effect and its results on two groups of learners, One was given a speech six times in a single day, and the second was given the speech three times a day over three days. The research found that students who received the information repetitively over a longer period of time remembered the speech more accurately and even a month later could recall it. The group that “crammed” study of the speech had very poor results in recollection, both immediately and a month later. Read more here…