How to Create a Study Schedule for the HR Certification Exam
When it comes to studying for any of the HR certification exams from the SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP, aPHR, PHR, SPHR, and GPHR, having a study schedule and plan helps to ensure you are properly prepared and making the most of your time as you prepare for the HR certification exams. I’m a productivity nerd, and am always personally driving to squeeze more into the day. I’m type A and have a horrible time saying no. I always think I can organize my time to squeeze in another obligation. Well, I’m here to tell you that working and studying this way only hurts you, your stress level, your family, and your personal well-being. That’s not what this HR certification study schedule is. Our time is precious, and with proper time and preparation, we can create a study schedule that you can manage. I promise you that.
1. PLAN A SCHEDULE OF BALANCED ACTIVITIES.
There is more to life than passing the HR exam. You need to make time for family, work, obligations, and more importantly self-care in order to be your best self for your HR exam test day.
2. PLAN ENOUGH TIME FOR STUDYING EACH HR TOPIC, CHAPTER AND CATEGORY.
Most college classes are planned to require about three hours work per week per credit in the course. By multiplying your credit load by three you can get a good idea of the time you should provide for studying in addition to time spent in class.
3. STUDY AT A SET TIME AND IN A CONSISTENT PLACE.
Establishing habits of study is extremely important. Knowing what and when you are going to study saves a lot of time in making decisions and retracing your steps to get necessary materials, etc. With the Ace the HR Exam course, I provide a study schedule for 12 and 20 weeks to make sure you are consistent and pacing yourself appropriately.
You need a dedicated space where you feel focused and relax to review and study for your SHRM and HRCI exams. Having an environment that is comfortable, clean, and pretty is really important for me to focus and do my best work. When I’m finished focusing, I close the door and dedicate my time to things like my family, friends, or that never-ending to do list. Read more here…