Student Profile: Elina Zlotchenko, PMP
My name is Elina Zlotchenko. For the past 7 years I've been working as MPO/RPO (Metropolitan & Rural Planning Organizations) Program Manager with the NC DOT.
My husband took a PMP prep course several years ago and encouraged me to start studying to obtain my PMP certification. Last year I started reading on internet about PMI and decided that it would really help me in my career as well as help me to learn best practices, "sort all the stuff out" and get you on the same page with other project management proffesionals.
The most difficult part of my PMP studies was time commitment. My family "suffered" through almost 6 month of my "weekend absense" because I was diving into studies. BUT, by my rough estimation, I've practiced: around 2,500 (two-thousand five hundred) sample questions, including 9 full exams (200 q/ exam). May be this is a bit excessive but... English is my second language and I felt I needed this.
I was searching for the well organized materials to help me study as well as for sample questions to practice and had hard time finding either. Well organized materials with focus on really important points and sample questions that are reliable quality questions with professional explanations. I came across your website, used free samples, liked it and bought the package. Will never regret this coice! You really helped me out! I recommended your services to all my peers that are in the process or are planning to get their PMP certification.
What is missing from The PM PrepCast? I would recommend providing an opportunity to be able to print your notes. I do realize it is a propriety issue, but all aspiring PMPs should understand that these materials are not to be shared. I just think it might be helpful to have this option.
Study hard, really invest in this. I believe that as I studied for the exam, it made me understand my job in a different way and was extremely helpful.
I would say - listen to ALL prepcasst, do ALL the exams and the ITTO exam. Do not memorize ITTOs, just understand what process you are in and that will help you make sense of the question. Believe in yourself!