Returned I Have
When I was looking to start this blog, I came across Lukin Murphy. He just got his BCBA early this year. I reached out to him for some advice and he kindly shared how he did it. (Note: I had posted this on the study group awhile back). Sorry, it took me awhile to get this running again.
“Having a solid study plan is very important – the exam is not easy. I studied for 1.5 hours a day for 6 months after I finished my coursework at FIT. I highly recommend that you read the Self-Management section of Cooper – it is important material for the exam, but more importantly use it is a guide to manipulate the contingencies surrounding your studying behavior.
I used a checklist that was posted in my house which required that I use SAFMEDS, take notes of Cooper, and finish two Behavior Development Solutions modules each day. I wouldn’t let myself go to bed before checking off those items. Also, Quizlet has some excellent flashcard sets that you can use from your computer or smartphone as SAFMEDS.
Remember that the outcome of effective studying is passing the exam, but this is so far removed that it is not an effective reinforcer. This makes studying a “rule-governed” behavior. Rules aren’t always effective in maintaining high-effort behaviors, so arrange the contingencies in your environment to provide adequate reinforcement for your study behavior! Reward yourself and share your data publicly – whatever leads to increases in the target behavior.
It is worth the effort – stick with it!”
Quick-fire BCBA Terms
You heard the man! Fluency (SAFMEDS, Quizlet), delayed reinforcement, Premarck principle, Hi-P, behavior contract, go crash it!
Shout out to Lukin and his family!!!
May the desired consequence be with you!