While studying for the BCBA exam, I found it extremely helpful to write my own flashcards. I thought to myself, “if only I had pre-made cards that had the term I needed to know, I could still get the practice of reading and writing my own definitions.” So, here you go! I want to go over how to get the most out of these flashcards by considering fluency and terminology grouping.
As you know, the BCBA exam is timed, so the faster you are able to identify the ABA terminology, the more likely you are to get the question correct. Moving quickly through the flashcards, and increasing your response time will increase your pace. After you write all of the terms and feel confident in their definitions, you should mix them up. Running through the cards mixed will give you a shorter latency, and build fluency!
One benefit to these flashcards is that all of the terms are categorized by related concepts, specifically by Cooper chapters. Studying the terms grouped by chapter will allow your brain to make the connection between concepts. Also, writing down the definitions in this order (rather than alphabetical) will keep you organized as you continue on your studying journey.
I found it extremely helpful to conceptually group the terms I was studying. After you finish writing all of the cards, then you can mix them up for a bigger challenge. Remember, the test is not categorized by terminology or chapter. The test will randomize all concepts, so to get the most out of these flashcards make sure you mix up all concepts so your brain gets used to switching around!
One study tip I like to share: Instead of focusing on how the terms are different from one another, try to discover their relationship. I realized ABA terms are all related in a giant web. Yes, some terms are different from one another, but conceptually they have more relations. Once I realized this the second time studying, concepts began to stick and I was able to apply the terms fluently.
How to use
- Print out the flashcards.
- Use a paper cutter (or scissors) to cut the flashcards. Keep them grouped by page! I recommend cutting them out as you go to help stay organized.
- Start at the beginning, which will start you on Cooper chapter 1.
- After you complete the flashcards, run through them in order several times.
- Once you feel comfortable with all of the concepts, mix and shuffle them to build fluency.
- Carry the flashcards with you and run through the flashcards any chance you get!
I hope you find this free tool useful in your studies! I recommend pairing these flashcards with Cooper readings when finding the definitions. I also recommend utilizing these flashcards with our course and 30 or 60-day study plan. In this study plan, you are given the Cooper page numbers that are associated with each task list and a clear study guide to follow.
All of the terms you need to study for the exam are downloadable here.
Reach out if you have any questions!
What is BCBA®/BCaBA® Supervision Like with Us
At ReadySetABA, you will receive individualized supervision that includes monthly goals, assignments for unrestricted activities, performance monitoring and feedback, study preparation, and real-life experiences. We strive to provide supervision based on the following guidelines:
- Establish clear communication
- Create individual monthly goals
- Deliver positive reinforcement and feedback
- Provide examples of templates, assignments, and other documentation
- Prepare supervisee for exam
Establish Clear Communication
We refer to the Supervision Training Outline from the BACB website to structure our supervision.
Individual Monthly Goals
Just how we individualize goals for our clients, we individualize goals for our supervisees. We allow for our students to collaborate with us as supervisors to help set personal goals each month to reach the terminal goal of learning about each of the items of the task list and of course, being a competent behavior analyst.
Deliver Positive Reinforcement and Feedback
Similar to how we individualize monthly goals, we individualize our feedback to our students. We believe that preference assessments are good for everyone, not just our clients. We strive to provide our students with actual reinforcement for their hard work. We want the future frequency of their responses of completing their supervision hours with us to increase in the future. We provide positive reinforcement for our students and encourage them to take control of their supervision time with us.
Provide Real-Life Examples
Here at ReadySetABA, we believe in pairing what we are teaching and supervising to real-life examples that we all experience every day. We believe in making our supervision as hands-on as possible. We want our students to get a real understanding of the “why” behind the analytical decisions that they are making, and in order to do that, we believe that we must help them generalize the science from their fieldwork setting to their worlds.
Prepare for Exam
Instead of cramming for the exam after completing supervision hours, we encourage our students to study for their exams as they move through supervision. We provide students with slides, flashcards, a study plan, and practice questions along the way so they can feel well prepared by the time the test rolls around.
Templates for ABA Library
We provide our students with a number of templates that you can practice using and save for future usage. These include but are not limited to BIP, toilet training, evaluation reports, assessment forms, FBA forms, graphs, and more.
Here at ReadySetABA, we KNOW that the best part about supervision is YOU! Please feel free to contact us with any questions and to sign up today! We look forward to supervising you!
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The biggest challenge for me while studying was navigating all of the information that was thrown my way. I was left with many materials and no structure. For example, you have Cooper, flashcards, the task list, practice tests, and other notes, but where do you start? All of the information can be a bit overwhelming.
Just like working out, set yourself goals for each day in small steps. Just like you set up goals for your clients, you want to make sure we are writing the appropriate, attainable goals for yourself. Of course, you should still add in a little reinforcement for the full effect.
Solidifying a study plan is key to a successful studying adventure. Don’t just start reading Cooper, because you may read too much for the day, or not enough. If you break down the material in smaller units and set yourself reading goals, this will help you review and feel like you have studying under control.
Here are 3 tips when creating a study plan:
1. Allow yourself “catch up” days.
Writing in catch up days will set yourself up for success and prevent you from getting behind. It also may just give you the break you need if you are caught up.
2. Do not cram the week before the test.
Do leave yourself 1 full week before your test to create your whiteboard, and review key concepts. I would recommend even 2 full weeks. If you start studying soon enough (at least 90-60 days before the test) you will retain the information. I have heard some people worry about losing the information they have learned. This is not the case if you start early enough. You will maintain the content if you pace yourself!
3. Group concepts together.
Group concepts together that are related. Check out our study plan included in our full course that breaks down exactly which tasks to study, which slides to review, and correspond with exact Cooper readings.
We took care of the hard part for you and put together a study calendar along with our 90 Complete ABA Prep course. You can check the course out here.
After you establish a study plan, set up reinforcement after each week. This will keep you encouraged and keep your momentum flowing.
Feel free to contact me for any further study tips!
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Studying can be overwhelming, trust me- I’ve been there! I only wish there was something like this program to prepare me when I studied. So I decided to create a simple, yet detailed course to give you a self-paced guidance to make time for your already busy schedule.
Like you, the test cycle snuck up on me. All of a sudden, someone asked me “When are you taking your boards?” I thought…then realized it was 8 weeks away, “Two months.” “Good luck! That is soon!” Soon… I thought, yes that is right around the corner. I realized there was no time to waste- I had to make a study plan for myself, not having any idea of where to start. “This can’t be that hard, I mean I already completed the ABA course sequence, navigated supervision, and graduated, right?” Staring at the task list, I realized there are 115 tasks, each consisting of little components here and there. YIKES. I was overwhelmed and needed guidance.
I signed up for a few study tools but found it hard to fit it into my busy schedule and the overload of information that was thrown at me made me nervous. I felt like I needed a simpler strategy that wasn’t so daunting.
After failing the first time, I took a different approach to my studying this time around. Instead of focusing on how all of the terms competed with each other, I tried to find their similarities. It was at this time, that I discovered an ABA web that connected all of these terms together! Like a light switch, everything connected and made sense. I navigated the materials on my own using Cooper and another book called Path to Passing the ABA exam. Condensing the materials, and coming up with goofy ways to remember these complex concepts was my key to success. I also created a detailed whiteboard to help with last-minute review and the day of the test.
I passed the second time, and decided to share my materials with everyone so they can have the same success!
Ready Set ABA’s Complete course provides a focused plan for studying that you can complete at your own pace. Be prepared for quirky examples, explanations for all sections A-FK, and practice questions that get you ready for the big test day. In the future, we will continue to add features including one-on-one tutoring, flashcards, study calendars, more practice questions and full-length practice tests.
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Recommended Resources RBT Study Guide This free study guide is a 23-page PDF breakdown of the (Registered Behavior Technician) RBT 2nd Edition Task list from the BACB. The content consists of definitions, charts, and examples that are needed to pass the RBT...