How to form a study group
You have a few options to form an informal study group to prepare for the ASP certification exams.
- Let your local chapter leaders know you are looking for peers to form a study group. They will help you locate others in the chapter who are in the same pursuit.
- Convince your peers to go on this journey with you. Make a commitment inside your company to do this together. Sharing the journey will make you a tighter team and a stronger department.
- Let your HR department know you are pursuing strategy certification. Department personnel may be able to support you in finding compadres to mentor or study with.
- Post on LinkedIn that you are looking to form an online study group. Virtual study groups can be just as effective as in person.
Form a Chapter Study Group
1. Post an announcement
2. Establish a study group lead or co-leads who will organize the meetings, create a list of attendees, ensure that they are serious, and divide the review material into topics to be divided among the participants.
3. Poll the participants to determine whether they prefer to meet virtually or face-to-face. Establish a consistent location and time, if possible, to facilitate group members being on-time.
4. If meeting virtually, it will be very helpful to use a virtual meeting package such as “Go to Meeting,” “Live Meeting,” or “Webex.” If meeting face-to-face is helpful to find a location with a projector and whiteboard, wall or screen. Suggestions include member offices, local library or local establishment meeting rooms. Otherwise the presentations will either need to be printed or viewed on participants’ iPads or computers.
5. Choose review materials carefully. Several registered educational representatives have developed study guides with practice exam questions. A list of these materials are available from National.
6. Assign topics to each member or, if the group is large, to two or more participants to prepare a presentation for the group. If a presenter ends up with a conflict, it is his or her responsibility to inform the group lead and to work with them to change the schedule or swap topics with another member.
7. Meet for a sufficient amount of time to allow the presenter to present the topic and then to work through relevant test questions. Part of the learning will be to work with each other not only on content but also on test taking strategies.
8. Depending upon the date and time of the meeting, you may wish to coordinate refreshments, or agree for everyone to bring his or her own.
9. Have fun, discuss practical applications of the topics covered, help each other complete applications and bring in members who have passed the exam for advice, if possible.