Just a little personal note, my 15th birthday was yesterday and it was great, so woo-hoo! Haha :P Whenever a special day like that comes up, I'm just overwhelmed by the reminder of how much of an impact quizzing has had on me, and really how it's changed me, from just being constantly washed by the Word. I wanted to thank you guys for helping me mold this blog for over a year now, and helping me not only encourage other quizzers, but encourage myself too, on our Quizzing Journey. Quizzing in itself will always have a place in my heart, but it's the people who donate their time, who get seemingly nothing back, who give it that special spark. So, thank you!
In the SNU region, our regional tournament got moved up on the schedule this year, so it's a little bit earlier than it was in prior seasons, which is taking a tad of adjustment. So the invitationals like the Bethany Quiz this weekend suddenly carry more weight, when we're getting ready for the regional quiz, and trying to make a regional team.
I don't know about the other regions, but I know that from what I've seen so far of a lot of the quizzers, is that a lot of them are taking advantage of the smaller material (as opposed to Acts last season) and really working hard and stepping up their game. What this means for quizzers like me, is that I need to keep up in order to not get left in the dust :P (joking) But if other quizzers are stepping up their game, then the competition gets a lot more intense, really fast, which in turn means that our studying needs to get a lot more intense.
The transition between a book like Acts, which is full of stories, to a bunch of letters that are filled with a different form of information, isn't something that I've talked much about, and it's probably too late in the season to really address that subject. The point of that is, that there really is a transition that needs to be made, and for a slightly newer quizzer like myself, it's something I haven't exactly mastered, so that's been something I've been working on.
Here's a few things to remember, and perhaps even apply, when you're diving into preparation for an invitational, or another larger tournament.
Tournaments and quizzes are fun, but at the root of it all, beneath all of the competition and rules and strategies, the main goal is to learn the Word, and if you're doing that, you're doing it right, and you're winning, no matter how your placing or awards look to everyone else. Use quizzing as a tool to help you get to know the Lord better :) He's dying to get to know you.
Happy quizzing, my friends, and I'll see you this weekend at the tournament!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow Quizzer,
I'd like to apologize for the delay on this post; you know how busy life can get :) Anyway, thank you for your patience!
So hey, happy new year! Middle of January, we're all getting in the groove of things, and hopefully keeping our new years resolutions (or trying :P)! So how's studying in 2016 going so far? Has the spark of motivation survived the holiday break? If so, awesome! Good for you! If not, don't worry! This isn't exactly unusual among quizzers.
But the important thing to do, in a time like this, when we are speeding towards huge, important tournaments just around the corner, is to focus on getting the most out of our study time, and firing yourself up into a blazing inferno of motivation, in order to survive the coming months!
How do we do this? Well lets start by getting organized.
Objective: Get motivated & Make the most of study time
How to achieve this: Simplify, focus, and encourage yourself
How to Simplify:
All these things are centered around making you the absolute best quizzer you can be, and to help you keep having fun while doing so! Remember, if you're not having a good time while quizzing, you're probably doing it wrong :P Don't hesitate to reflect on how you're doing, every once in a while, to make sure that you're actually enjoying yourself; quizzing isn't meant to be a cage, it's meant to be a stepping stone, to help us tune skills that we're going to use in our adult life, and to (more importantly) give us a more stable and thorough understanding of the Word of God.
Keep being fantabulous, (fantastic + fabulous), my friend! Get the ole' quiz portion out, take a deep, renewing breath, and dive right in to the preparation for the upcoming tournaments! I know you'll just be amazing (as usual)!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Until the next tournament, I remain your fellow quizzer,
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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