Absolutely! All of our classes are recorded, so you will receive the video recordings after each session.
The Success course has 5 scheduled sessions / classes. As part of the course, you also get 60 minutes of one-on-one tutoring time, split 30 minutes with one of our clinical tutors and 30 minutes with one of our foodservice tutors. If you choose to, you can purchase a bundle of one-one-one sessions beyond that, but you actually receive a total of 8.5 hours of in person, live group + 1:1 tutoring/education. You also receive homework assignments, given before / after each of the classes, to compliment your learning. You also get our review of your homework assignments and individualized feedback on the assignments and your week our RD review team hand grades/reviews each student's homework. So, the course is very value packed and comprehensive!
There is homework to do, and also, we have different creative assignments, including some new ones like a clinical and foodservice vocabulary "matching" assignment, a carbohydrate counting and nutrient assignment and a drug/herb/nutrient interactions assignment, in addition to templates you will work with for practice questions.
While we recommend our resources that are designed to help students with strategy and knowledge building, for practice test questions the resource we recommend in our courses is the CDR Guide 10th edition, which is available for purchase through the CDR website. It costs $60 from the eatright online store, and includes a study guide with 125 practice real test questions from CDR, rationales to some of the questions (even though not all of the rationales are there, we definitely provide rationales as we review the questions with students during 1:1 sessions), and 2 online vouchers of the same 125 questions. Below is a link to purchase the guide.
We really dive deep into the practice questions to make sure that all of the concepts associated with the practice questions are fully understood, and we also make sure that students are applying the strategies that they need to be successful. We supply and teach a signature strategy that our students find integral to their success in passing the RD exam.
The resources we provide you with are designed by Ilene and her tutoring team which consists of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who are experienced in working with students, and are knowledgeable about the material. Our foodservice tutors are specialized in foodservice and have work experience in that area, while our clinical tutors have experience in the clinical areas.
As far as using additional resources, you absolutely can! We tend to focus on the CDR guide as mentioned above as well as our signature resources, but students are welcome to bring questions and contents from other resources that you are currently studying from, and we are familiar with various resources that our students are using.
We also include question and answer exercises, which engage students directly instead of just providing them with raw information. By asking students to tell us what they know, we can fill in the gaps in their existing knowledge!
In terms of the pace of the sessions, we can accommodate any pace that you need for your exam prep. Our students meet with us as often as they feel is most helpful. One hour per week is very popular, and we recommend meeting at least once weekly as the consistency is very helpful for understanding and building knowledge. Students can meet more than once per week if they would like, and sessions can range from an hour to 2 hours at a time.
Option #1: Take 1 of the online vouchers as a baseline assessment: You would leave yourself at least 2.5 hours and if you are going to do the online version, we recommend you do it all in one timeframe. This is a nice option to see where you are at a baseline, having just started tutoring sessions and the course, and also you can time yourself to see how you do with timing. The voucher online version will tell you which ones you got wrong and give you a rationale while you are taking the online practice exam (this is different than on the actual RD exam, where they do not give you the answers you got wrong and rationales). We recommend noting the questions you got incorrect (they will be the same questions in the paper/book version) so you can go over with your tutors during your 1:1 sessions. Then you can retake the second online practice exam after you have gone through the questions you got incorrect, and other concepts you had questions about pertaining to the CDR guide, and see how you did. The online practice test gives you a summary of your total and sub scores in each of domains 1/2 and 3/4. Another recommended practice is to do the KEY strategy templates for the questions you got incorrect, after you take the exam.
Option #2: Go through the questions in the paper version of the CDR Guide, 10th edition. This could be a good option for students who want to plug their questions into the KEY strategy template to get practice with the strategy, and focus less on timing and more on strategy. It can also be a great option for students who have limited time to sit down for a 2.5 hour stretch at this time, as you can do the questions throughout the week. For this option, you do not need to time yourself, as you will be working more with the strategy. You can also do some of the more challenging questions in the KEY strategy template, while others you can practice taking as you would on the actual RD exam. For this option, you will need to use the RD exam practice scoring worksheet, to assess your total score and sub scores in each domain.
Have a white board next to you for both of these options, and both options are recommended to do without resources, then you can go back and check your answers, and research those you got wrong. So, which option you choose to do depends on your time and goals, and whether you'd like to practice with the KEY strategy template while you take the practice test, or after. If you choose option #2, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks after going through the questions and concepts with your tutor before taking the online test. Our students have noticed that they tend to know the answers when they do it this way, so the score you receive may not be as accurate a predictor of your readiness to take/retake the RD exam.
To answer your question about their qualifications, Ilene is a certified tutor and has worked as a Spanish tutor for many years with high school, college, and adult students. The tutors that she hires have a combination of Master's degrees, years of precepting experience with dietetic interns in different practice settings, and are currently college professors.
Some of our tutors are former students who have scored exceptionally high on the exam, and understand our method and effectively help current students succeed. In addition, our foodservice tutors have had years of experience in the foodservice field.
We are very selective when it comes to our tutors and we receive feedback from our students after each session with their tutor so we can provide the best experience.