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! You can learn more about my Study Smarter Method at my RD Exam page.
Check out my RD exam resources, read what past students have to say, and explore other blog posts about the test.
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
As a nanny, I am the first to say that trying to get kids to eat healthy can be tough! But there are a few tricks that - along with patience - can get the job done. While they may seem to go against "common sense" but they work.
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.
The production and advertisement of low-fat food products has skyrocketed in the past few decades - likely due to the research that came out 40 years ago which supposedly linked fat to heart disease. New research has surfaced that challenges this long-held belief, revealing that fat has a "null" effect (not bad, not good) on heart disease risk.(1)
Another theme in "food media" these days is buying local, organic, and natural. These terms can carry many meanings which means they can be confusing, too. But with the resurfacing of the Paleo diet and its followers, fuel has been added to the proverbial fire. The premise is that eating foods that are minimally processed (if at all) is more beneficial for our bodies, avoiding the preservatives and other chemicals added to foods for shelf life and appearance that our body doesn't recognize.
I want to arm you with some knowledge about low fat foods, so when confronted with the aisles of options at the grocery store, you feel equipped to make the decision that is right for you.
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN)* are qualified food and nutrition professionals, with the training to translate nutritional science into not only practical habits and changes for you but to provide quality nutrition care in the clinical setting. Some states require a nutritionist to be licensed, and licensure requires certain credentials – typically RDN. Why would states require that? Because RDNs go through a rigorous, standardized process to receive their credential:
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