Active learning techniques utilize different brain pathways to consolidate information efficiently and effectively.
I often talk about studying for the RD exam, and I'll use it as an example in this post, but active learning techniques can be used at every stage of school and life.
The figure below shows the movement of information from resources like textbooks and study guides, to your typical type of notes, but then we go a step further with active learning. I talk about these in my post Study Tips for the RD Exam so head over there for a more in-depth description. But for now, we're going to talk about these active learning techniques in the context of studying overall.
POST UPDATED 11/8/2017
There are so many ways you can learn the information for the RD exam. Here are some of my suggestions - tried and true! Access more information about the RD exam, study materials to download, and more at my RD Exam page.
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POST UPDATED 11/8/2017
I've said it before and I'll say it again - the RD Exam has a lot on it!
I spent a lot of time as a TA in undergrad, where I hosted study sessions for students, helping them hone in on their best study method, how to think like the test writer, etc. and I also spent a lot of time writing hard exams.
I reached back into the depths of my experiences pre-dietetic internship to come up with a study method for tackling the RD Exam.
There's a lot of material on the RD exam, and it's important to organize your study materials in a way that will be conducive to efficient studying. Ready to dive in? Learn about RD exam study materials and tips, the exam itself, and download free study materials at my RD Exam page.
Why You Should Make a Study Schedule:
- If you are studying during the summer, it's easy to get distracted
- If you have already started a job, you need to stay on track with the limited time you have for studying
- There is a lot of information, which can be overwhelming - having a schedule can remind you that you've already prepared and calm you down
- A study schedule breaks the material down into manageable parts
- You can account for big events, like weddings and graduations, and give yourself time-off from studying
I have begun studying for the RD exam! A year ago I never thought I would get here. By my senior year of undergrad, I had solidified and mastered the study techniques that work for me, and I am happy to say they were successfully ingrained into my brain, because they have come back like clockwork to prep for "the biggest exam of my life".
My internship has a number of review materials available, including the Jean Inman and CDR practice exam. We also have a practice exam on the hospital library computers and QuizStar modules. Unfortunately they do not have any of these materials in the updated versions for the 2012 exam. I'll address what I've decided to do later on in the post. Note that the 2012 update was a major change from the 2007 exam. The most recent 2017 exam is organized almost identically to the 2012 update. The 2017 exam will be through 2021.
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