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
The RD Exam has a lot of material on it, and unfortunately it's not all the practical things we learned in our dietetic internship. The food science, food service, and management domains can seem daunting, but if you plan when you're going to study what, you'll have something to fall back on when you feel overwhelmed.
Below is my study checklist where I can see the full outline of what I need to get through. It's broken down into manageable sections such as topics and even subtopics like for Domain II - Topic C - Planning and Intervention. Then I have a visual calendar where I can see my deadlines in that format.
The study checklist has been updated for the 2017 version!
Scroll to download each file in editable Microsoft Word doc format.
When filling in your calendar, keep in mind any big events you have going on, and make sure you account for that in your study schedule. Also, have your study materials side-by-side with your calendar so you can see how much material is in each, and how many days you think you'll need. That's indicated by arrows on my calendar.
Questions? Feel free to leave a comment. I'm happy to help.
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