secret to passing the RICA?

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  1. vsimpkins

    vsimpkins Comrade

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    I'm so happy for you. Takes a load off you.
    Good luck on your path.
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, eternalsunshine!
     
  3. eternalsunshine

    eternalsunshine Rookie

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    Thank you Vsimpkins and TG! Now I kind of think I shouldn't have put off so long!

    For anyone still studying, I searched Chris Boosalis videos on you tube while studying for the case study. I had studied for RICA from other books pretty extensively but felt shaky with the case study. I don't know much about him, but he helped me a great deal on how to approach the case studies. So as they say--this is not medical advice lol, but for me, I found that his approach helped me think in a more focused and organized way about the case study. Hope that will help someone!
     
  4. mudpie1598

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    Rica

    I didn't study for this test and I passed! I thought it was pretty easy. I almost didn't go on the morning of, because I was afraid that I wouln't pass and I did.
     
  5. JaxAttax354

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    Hi vsimpkins...I have the same problem and cannot pm you. I know it's been a long time since your original post about the study guide, but I was wondering if it was still available. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much!
     
  6. twingklez

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    vsimpkins, I'm beginning my RICA studies and would like to request your study guide as well. Thanks in advance!
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    JaxAttax and twingklez, my sympathies. About how close are you coming to passing? Are there particular domains with which you're struggling (fewer than two plus marks)? Are your case studies all right, or are areas identified in which you need to improve?
     
  8. twingklez

    twingklez Rookie

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    Hi TeacherGroupie!
    I have not taken the exam yet. I'm just barely cracking the study guide open (Revised RICA, 3rd ed.). Do you recommend taking a practice test first to see how I score and then proceed with studying?
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Forgive me for leaping to an assumption, twingklez - most people who post to A to Z about RICA post because they haven't passed. Have you had reading instruction methodology coursework?
     
  10. twingklez

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    Yes, I've taken a methodology course.
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    Just making sure... Now let me fish for experiences to anchor your study to: Have you done your student teaching yet?
     
  12. twingklez

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    I haven't done my student teaching yet but have had some time in the classroom during observations to work with students one-on-one and in small groups of 2-3. I'm hoping to be placed by the end of the month.

    I completed the RICA practice exam from the website. Seems like the area I need to review the most is Competency 6, Phonics and Sight Words Instruction and Assessment.
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    As you work through the content, think back to your experiences with students: where possible, illustrate the principles and terminology you need to know with examples involving students that you've worked with and activities that you've seen or helped implement in the classroom.

    Make sure you're up on the technical terminology of reading and reading instruction. The resources you had (and, I hope kept) for your reading-instruction methodology coursework should contain one or more glossaries: if you don't know some terms, look them up on Google.
     
  14. twingklez

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    Sounds good! I felt the same about the terminology after taking the practice exam; I definitely need to brush up on some of the vocabulary. Thank you for your suggestions =)
     
  15. kzot04

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    Are there any study guides to the rica people found helpful? I found one on amazon called something like RICA secrets that has no reviews...I so regret not taking this after my methodology class!
     
  16. kzot04

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    I would love a copy of your study documents as well but can't pm you when I click on your name...maybe b/c I am a new member? :unsure: Anyone know? Or for those who got a copy from vsimpkins, anyone willing to forward the docs along to me? thanks in advance! :thumb:
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, kzot04. How long ago were your methodology courses?
     
  18. kzot04

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    about 2 years ago!
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Do you still have your books and notes?

    Have you already taken RICA, or is this your first attempt?
     
  20. surferpaul

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    I am getting ready to take the test, any advice or anybody wants to have a study session... I don't plan on taking this test twice, I saw how much the test is! Ouch! Darn! Wow! What the hecKKK!!!
     

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