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Guest Post: 4 Tips For Success From An RD Exam Tutor

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4 Tips For Success From An RD Exam Tutor

Katelyn Wilson, RD of RD2Be Tutor


Congratulations on being just one more step away from reaching your dreams of becoming a registered dietitian! I know that studying for the RD Exam can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

As an RD Exam tutor with over 6 years of tutoring experience, I wanted to share a few key tips to help set you up for success while preparing for the exam.

  1. Set a date

I recommend setting a date for your RD Exam as soon as you’re eligible. Don’t put it off!

The longer you wait to take your exam, the more likely you are to continue to delay it. While it’s okay to give yourself a little bit of a break, it’s best to go from your dietetic internship or coordinated program right into RD Exam studying instead of waiting multiple months (or longer) to prep for the exam. You want to keep that momentum going!

Remember, if you find that you are not going to be ready to take the exam as you get closer to the date, you can consider rescheduling.


  1. Choose your study materials wisely

If you’re at the beginning of your RD Exam prep journey, you may be wondering what study materials you should use. It’s important to have a few different resources to help you prepare, but don’t fall into the trap of study material overload.

I often get asked if dietetics textbooks are useful for studying for the RD Exam. While these materials can help you dig deeper into a challenging topic, I don’t recommend reading each book cover to cover all over again.

Instead, I encourage my clients to pick ONE foundational study guide that provides a comprehensive review of CDR’s RD Exam Study Outline. Then you should supplement this with at least one source of practice questions (like the RD Exam Study Suite from Visual Veggies Software!)


  1. Create your study schedule

When I start working with a new tutoring client, one of our first action items together is to create a study schedule. This takes the guesswork out of studying so you always know how you will be spending your time during each study session.

Since you’ve already set a date for your exam, you will then work backwards using the exam date as your target.

For example, let’s say you are giving yourself two months to prepare for the exam. You can then plan to review one domain per week in the first month and then spend the second month going back over the topics you need to work on. You should also set aside certain times during the week to go through practice questions.


  1. It’s okay to ask for help

While some people do just fine studying on their own, help is available if you need it.


I provide small group programs and 1-on-1 tutoring to help people prepare for the RD Exam. Click here to apply for my RD Exam MNT Group Program starting on May 14th 2021.

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