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.
This is how I have approached studying for the RD exam:
About 3 weeks ago I sat down one evening and put together all of my materials into a master binder, plus a "to go binder" to bring to work. Check out how I did it, and free study materials in my blog post here. In addition to studying from the Jean Inman Review, I also purchased RD In a Flash flash cards.
If you look at the RD in a Flash website, here's what you see. I know, I know it's not the swankiest website but you know what? It was created by an RD, for future RDs and I think that's pretty awesome.
Also, they send your cards in Priority Mail (which is trackable) and they have great customer service - I had changed my address from my internship site back to my parent's house right before I ordered this, and Priority Mail doesn't seem to forward so it got "return to sender". The owner @ RD in a Flash responded very promptly and sincerely and helped me to get the cards!
RD In a Flash
Priority mail shipping - a little banged up, but hey, it was sent around alot!
Flash cards - they come rubber-banded and two to a sheet with already perforated edges. I waited to tear them and sort so that I could take a picture and show you.
Then I tore them up and ordered them - they are numbered by domain, and topic (1.2, 1.123, 1.202 etc.) And then I color coded.
Answer sheet - There is an answer sheet for the calculations, which I think is great. How else would you know how to get the answer right?
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