Today I wanted to talk a little bit about fear, and specifically, overcoming it! But before we jump into that, I wanted to mention how awesome the Bethany quiz was! It's always so much fun to see everybody, and to get some good competition in.
Also, you may have seen on my Instagram account a few weeks ago (@TheBibleQuizzingJourney) that I posted a little poll to see what kind of extra YouTube video you'd like to see. You guys decided that you wanted to see a Q&A + My Testimony video, so I've been preparing that.
I actually filmed it today, but because I like using natural lighting for the most part, and because the sun sets so early right now, the lighting by the end of the video wasn't very good. So because I always want to give you guys the best of content, I'll be re-filming and editing that video later this week, and will hopefully have it out with the TBQJ Vlog #12, which is coming out this Saturday :).
So you can look forward to those two videos, at the end of this week!
BUT ANYWAY let's go ahead and get into this topic!
Most of us probably know the verse that says, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7), but how can we practically fight and overcome fear in real, everyday life?
Fear is all around us. It's in the world - the world is pretty much ruled by it, actually - and it seems to creep in on us around every corner. There always seems to be something to be afraid of, right?
That's because fear is one of the most effective weapons of the enemy, and he loves using it to his advantage. When people are crippled by fear, they really can't do anything, and he swoops in and chains them up in bondage. Most of the problems we have, can be traced back to some kind of fear.
Also, this is such an effective weapon for him, because it's the opposite of love, and therefore, the opposite of everything God is. 1 John 4 talks about how that God's love casts out, eliminates, fear, because when we know and trust in Him, there's nothing to be afraid of.
But even when we're getting to know God, we can still be tricked into having fear sometimes, in different areas of our lives - and we might not even realize it! This is where a lot of stress and anxiety come from. From feeling fear of rejection or failure, or even just simple insecurity.
Fear cripples. That's probably it's main result. It discourages you from making progress, and it keeps you from reaching your full potential.
So obviously, this is something that is completely of the enemy, and something that is totally opposite of God and everything He embodies and stands for. He's literally called a lion, and He tells us to be as bold as lions ;).
Because of this, it's easy to see how we can overcome fear through Christ - any kind of fear.
But how does this stuff apply to quizzing?
It's a huge part of quizzing! In order to jump on a question, and give an answer in front of other people, is more than enough reason to make some people stay away. Even more than that, there's the possibility that you'll get the answer wrong, in front of other people - and that's something that makes even more people stay away :P.
But for those who can stand up, time after time, and give it their all, good things usually happen.
Even if you're really good at studying, and you can answer generals at three syllables, and have memorized all the material backwards and forwards, you still have to jump. You still have to take the chance that you're going to totally blow it!
But the good news is, that if you don't take that chance, you blow it anyways.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, so you might as well go for it, right? Right!
But the thing is, that some people have a harder time getting over this. So I'm going to share with you, the three ways that we can go about practically overcoming this fear, so that we can start quizzing and living more victoriously..
Three ways you can overcome fear:
This is obviously easy for me to say on the internet, but learning that your value doesn't come from other people's opinions, is something I've had to learn in real life, too - and it's made life a lot easier :P. Of course, I'm not all the way there yet, but I can tell you this:
Start out with the little things. If you're having lunch with some friends, don't sweat about how you eat your sandwich - they don't care. If you're exercising with other people, don't try to keep up with them if you honestly can't; do your best, and push yourself to your own limits (and have fun with it!).
Life isn't supposed to be a constant, fake performance for other people. Life is just you, figuring out how to do it the best you can, with Jesus by your side. Everyone else is in the same boat that you are.
2. Be bold (even if it's fake at first)
This is where I started. I had an idea of who I wanted to be, and when the time came, I kind of just went for it. And sure, it was tempting to take that boldness and just carry on with it and make it into a fake performance, like we were just talking about, but it's better to do this:
Be bold when the times comes, and life calls you to, but after that, take a step back, and remember how it felt to be bold. The situation itself might have gone well, or badly, but that feeling of satisfaction, after being bold, is what you want to remember. Be bold once, and then, the next time an opportunity arises, be bold again.
Don't forget to be completely and totally you, though. Be you, don't change anything. Just add a little more boldness here and there, and you'll find yourself with an extra dash of satisfaction.
3. Learn how to be confident in who you are.
This is of course, the very best way to become bold, and to overcome fear once and for all. I'm not saying that it's an over night change, but I am saying, that it will probably happen faster than you think.
If you're part of the TBQJ Newsletter Tribe (which you totally should be ;)), then you'll know that in the Newsletter this past Sunday, we were talking a little bit about superheroes. We were talking about how that each of us, actually are superheroes on the inside, and a little bit about how we can actually become that on the outside. It was a pretty fun Newsletter :P.
But the point was that each of us is a child of God, and because of that, we are, and are capable of, incredible things.We are smart, courageous, strong, mighty, whole, compassionate, etc.. So we have every reason to be confident in who we are, and who we have to become in the future. Pretty cool.
If you're part of the Newsletter Family, which you totally should be :P, you'll know that in our last Newsletter we were talking a little bit about superheroes. We were talking about how that since we are each a child of God, He has filled us with every good thing in Christ - we are strong, we are smart, we are compassionate, we are capable, etc.. And it was just an overall fun Newsletter.
But the point is, that since we are all those things, we can be confident in who we are, and who we still have yet to become in the future.
So we don't have to have fear of what other people think about us, or about what might happen in the future, or about our possible failures. We can trust in the fact, even when all else fails, that our God loves us with an ever-lasting love, that will never run out, or fail, or go away.
So anyways guys, I hope that God was able to speak to you through this post, and that you were able to take something away from it :). I love you guys, and again, it was awesome to see some of you at the Bethany Invitational this past weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
Until this Saturday (or sooner), when I'm able to post a new YouTube video, or until next Monday for another blog post, I hope that you continue to experience more and more of God's love and grace. Keep quizzing and living victoriously my friends!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Hello guys, happy Monday!
How are you doing? I hope your weekend was phenomenal.
Today I'm going to be sharing with you how exactly I study for the two question types that I've focused on, in my previous 4 1/2 years of quizzing - Generals and According To's.
In this first post, I'll be talking about Generals, and in my next one, I'll be talking about According To's.
So lets hop right into this one!
But first off, I want to talk a little bit about why doing Generals and According To's is such a great fit for a quizzer, especially if you're looking to take your quizzing capabilities to the next level.
So of course, General questions make up more than half of a quiz round (11 out of the 20 questions), and According To's are the next most-common questions (4 out of 20 questions). Because of that, right off the bat, if you can learn how to do these two questions types really well, then you can basically own three fourths of any given quiz round (assuming your studying's going good :P). That's pretty cool!
Also, studying for one of these types can really enhance your ability to perform in the other type - but I'll talk about that a little more later on :P.
So here we go... how I study for Generals...
You've probably heard me say this before, but the absolute number one thing that I do to study for this question type, is to just read - and read a LOT. But there's a certain way of reading, that is more beneficial than other ways of reading.
To get the most out of your reading, you have to intentionally focus on the words on the page. Try to transport yourself into the book. Shut out all of your surroundings, tell all of your other thoughts to be quiet, and - Absorb. Every. Word.
Try to really think about the words themselves, and what they mean, and see it in your head, as you continue to read. The way you think while you're reading is a big part of getting the most out of it - and I'm sorry if I'm not able to explain it very well :P.
But in general (pun intended), if you're going to read, focus all of your energy on that. Reading doesn't have to be just a "light studying" technique. If you use it the right way, it can even be a "heavy studying" technique, too.
Also, when you read like this (intentionally, and with full-focus), read it so much that you get to the place where you can nearly quote it - in my experience, that's the level where most of the highest competitors in Generals are. They've just absorbed it so much, that each individual phrase and sentence flows right into the next one, and they can see what's going to happen next.
Another great way to study for Generals, is just to run a ton of questions. I remember, in January of my second year (I guess that was January 2015), I tried to do 100 general questions on quiz master, every day, with my studying. And at the end of the month, the Bethany Invitational was probably the best tournament I'd had yet. That season turned out to be great, and I made a regional team for the first time.
Don't underestimate the power of just running tons and tons questions.
It not only gets the actual questions into your head (and the pre-jumps), but it also introduces you to the rhythm of the quiz material. In my experience, each quiz material has had a slightly different rhythm (and I'll probably do a post on that sometime later), and you have to learn that rhythm, and get in sync with it, in order to quiz to the best of your ability.
Learning the rhythm basically has to do with speed, and when you'll be able to get just enough unique information to answer correctly, but also has to do with the concepts in the quiz material, and how they are worded in that version - like I said, I'll probably just do a separate post on this, later on in the future).
A few extra things I try to do, while I'm studying specifically for General questions, is to learn the unique words and phrases, paying attention to the W's and H (who, what, when, where, why, and how), and thinking about the material in regard to "facts". I'll go into each of those a little deeper.
Unique words and phrases will have a spot in your head as you read and absorb the material to the point of near-memorization, but it's always a good idea to spend a little extra time solidifying and sharpening your knowledge of them and where they are. To do this, you can use the unique word/phrase list, which is at the back of the quiz portions, or just go through and pick out and study the words that are in bold, in the actual text.
Paying attention to the W's and H, in studying and while running questions/on the jumpseats, is a great way to separate and organize the material in your head. This is one of the reasons I always liked the highlighted quiz portions.
And finally, thinking about the material in regard to "facts". That's probably a little confusing, especially since we're not quizzing over a gospel or Acts this season. Instead, we're quizzing over, mostly, spiritual concepts - we're quizzing over God's instructions about "how to life". Pretty awesome, but sometimes hard to quiz over :P.
So when you're reading it, just take a little phrase: "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing." (2 Corinthians 4:3), and don't think of the meaning behind it, when you're trying to learn it for a quiz meet. Learn the meaning behind it, so that you can understand it, but when you're just trying to get it in your head, you don't have to be deep and theological. Just say, "if their gospel is veiled," (time/condition) "it is veiled to those who are perishing" (type of people/a who).
This makes studying a lot easier for me.
So that's all I have for you guys today! Sorry it was a bit shorter than usual. If you want a little more content, you can check out my latest vlog that I just posted on Saturday: Vlog #11 - Our Individual Significance. This has probably been my favorite video that I've made so far ;).
But anyways, I hope that you have a great week, and I am over-the-moon excited to see you guys at the Bethany Invitational this weekend!
Never forget who you are, and keep quizzing and living victoriously, because it's literally your birthright. Love you guys!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Today, I've got the eleventh Vlog for you guys! Little longer than my other ones, but nonetheless, it's one of my favorites, and I hope you like it too :).
Have a fantastic rest-of-your-weekend, and I'll see you on Monday! Love you guys.
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Sorry it's a day late, some things came up last minute, and I wasn't able to get it up yesterday :(.
But anyways, in this post, I'm going to be showing you my system of how I prep for a quiz, or big tournament. I thought that since we have the Bethany Invitational next week, and then the Washington/Oregon quiz a week after that, it would be a good time to write this one :P.
So, bypassing the usual, half-hour talk I've been putting before the actual content lately, let's just go ahead and jump right into this one!
I usually start this process by evaluating my knowledge of the quiz material. To do this, keep two simple questions in the back of your mind during a quiz practice, or a study session:
And you can answer these questions by observing three things:
Evaluating where you are is super important. On the one hand, you don't want to work yourself too hard and be stressed out for no reason, when you're actually doing really well, but on the other hand, you don't want to be wrongfully confident in your knowledge of the material, and end up getting disappointed with your performance at the next quiz or practice.
It's safer to just do occasional, thorough evaluations on yourself, so that you can see clearly how to map out your studying.
Also, when you can do this (map out your studying clearly), you are being very efficient with your energy, time, and brainpower.
You want to make sure that you're strengthening your weakest areas, while still keeping up the ones you're strong in. You want to get to the place where you are fully toned (in keeping with the muscle analogy), throughout all of the quiz material. "Don't skip leg day" LOL.
The point is, that being imbalanced is a really hard way to quiz. It slows your jumping speed A LOT, and your chances of getting the right answer, four times in a quiz round, plummet.
Also, you'll want to take into consideration what you've memorized, and how well you still know what you've memorized. Questions to ask:
Re-memorizing things, on one hand, really sucks, because it can easily feel like you wasted your own time by not keeping up your reviewing (like I do, pretty much every season :P). But on the other hand, memorizing things for the second time is actually a lot easier, because you've already memorized it, of course.
So if you do end up having to re-memorize something, just try to keep focused on the bright side. Studies show that your brain literally remembers/learns things better, if you're in a good mood, and are motivated, when you learn them. Pretty cool, huh?
Once you've got your evaluation done, and you've written out what your weakest/strongest sections are, and evaluated your knowledge of what you've memorized, now you can start to paint out your preparation plan!
There's basically four parts of a preparation plan:
So lets go through those four things real quick...
Unfortunately, if you don't have immediate access to a set of jumpseat equipment, you'll have to settle for the old clap-jumping. And even though this doesn't help quite as much as practicing on jumpseats does, it still helps you to improve your jumping (and better hone your timing instincts).
Timing is the big thing here.
Hopefully you've been practicing already this season, but if you haven't, that's okay. The bottom line, is that you need to work towards the place where you can find the perfect jump, in your question type specialty (or whatever question type(s) you're planning on jumping on).
Fine-tune your ability to jump at exactly the right time, in order to beat everyone else to the jump, but still get all of the information you need, in order to complete the question and give the answer. This technical "time" varies from quiz master to quiz master of course, so learning to adjust is also key (this comes with practice, but intentionally learning speeds it up).
To prepare your jumping for a quiz, where there will probably be a lot of hard competition (which is the whole reason you're preparing, probably :P), just try to jump faster than you have been. It's always good to push yourself at a healthy tempo (and even better to get some quizzing rivals, who push you).
This is really important, because it can make or break every question that you'll ever jump on. To practice, and improve your recall time, you can use things like flash cards or QuizMaster (which has a built-in timer, which is awesome) to run questions.
I know that most according to quizzers use these a lot, because recall time is huge for that type, since you have to come up with all the different question/answer combinations after you remember the verse. But it's important to all of the other types too, of course.
In regard to answering, you'll want to research and practice the different strategies for each of the different question types - generals, according to's, and context for the most part. Different quizzers have different strategies, but for the most part they're similar. After you do your research, by asking different, accomplished quizzers that you know, try them out and see which ones work best for you.
Everyone thinks differently, so don't be afraid to even make up your own answering strategy. Just choose and practice the one that is the most time-efficient, because in the end, you only have 30 seconds.
If, in your preparation, you're wanting to do some memorizing, you'll want to be wise in the way that you go about it. Don't overwhelm your brain, or your energy, by trying to memorize 50 verses in one day, on top of school work. That doesn't end well, typically. Instead, memorize what you can, in the time that you have. And the material that you can't memorize, settle for just learning it really well.
Not having everything memorized that you want can be rough, especially if you're a memory verse or according to quizzer, because it slows down your pre-jumping and lowers your correct answer chances. But if you can, try to pick up some context or general questions to make up for it.
Knowing the material well, as an overview kind of thing, will make these question types a breeze (if the pre-jumping isn't too crazy), and you will probably be able to make up for the material that you weren't able to memorize.
The big thing is to not sweat it, if you don't have time. There's always another quiz, and this early in the season, you can still easily memorize even all of 1-2 Corinthians before Regionals, if you put your mind to it.
Also, with the reviewing I mentioned earlier - If you can perfect the material that you already have memorized, make that a priority in your preparation studying! This doesn't take nearly as much time/energy to accomplish, and it's a way to check off a lot of the material as being ready to quiz over.
If you can, try to make perfecting what you have memorized, and memorizing some new stuff, both part of your preparation plan.
I know this is a really vague word to use in regard to studying for quizzing, but what I mean, is getting a good, solid understanding of all of the material (or as much as you can).
Knowing, for instance, how all the chapters are laid out, and what's in each chapter, will give you a ton of confidence going into the quiz (and confidence really helps you to perform better!).
So if you don't have enough time to maybe memorize anything, try to do this. Do a lot of reading, and listening to the audio of the material (either with the CD's, or with a Bible app), and you'll be surprised how much your brain will pick up!
Also, I've noticed that when I don't have enough energy or motivation to get down and do the dirty work (like memorizing, or practicing recall), it relieves any anxiety about procrastination, when I do some of this light studying.
Because I know that I'm studying, and that I'm investing into my quizzing career, and into my performance at the quiz I'm preparing for, but it also doesn't cause me to become overly exhausted.
So now, hopefully you've got a good idea about how to figure out what you can do, in order to prepare the best you can, for your next quiz meet.
All that's left to do now, is to divide up the preparation you want to do, by the number of days you have before the quiz/tournament, write out your plan, and then do your darn best to stick to it.
I wish you all the very best, and I really hope that this post was able to help you! With that, Quiz-Journeyers, have a fantastic week, and I'll see you on Saturday for the TBQJ Vlog #11 - can't wait to see you there! Love you guys, and Jesus loves you too. Keep quizzing and living victoriously <3.
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Today I'm going to be sharing with you my top ten, results-focused studying hacks, that I've been using, and that help me use my study time effectively.
But before that, how are you doing today? I want you to know how incredibly loved you are, and how fondly the Father thinks of you, and especially how much He cares for you and your well-being - in every aspect, and in every part of your life. He cares a whole lot!
And real quickly, I wanted to tell you about this revelation I got the other day, when I was studying through the second chapter of 1 John...
You can skip over this and go ahead and go to the next section, if you want to get to the hacks - but this is pretty cool ;)
I was really kind of confused when I first started to read that chapter, because it sounds an awful like John is telling us to keep the Law, or at the very least, obey all of Christ's teachings (both of which, of course, are impossible for us to accomplish in the natural). Verses 3-6 say,
"And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, 'I know Him', and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby do we know that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." (sorry for the -eth's, I use KJV :P)
Kind of confusing, to the New Covenant believer, at face value, right? Right!
But I wasn't taking into account the truth about reflection, and producing fruit. That might not make a lot of sense, but let me explain...
In the Kingdom of God, there's this law about effortless change on the outside, when change happens on the inside. This is demonstrated in a few different places, but one of the ones I was looking at was Mark 4:26-28, which describes the effortless growth of a seed: "For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear."
I've said this before, but any kind of plant that produces fruit doesn't have to try to produce fruit - it just kind of happens, and that's how it is. Of course, it has to be healthy, and being fed and watered, and looked after. But if those things are happening, it's just a matter of time before you can start seeing the results.
That's the law of producing fruit. But what's the law about reflection?
It's that, in the way that people think of, or perceive God, that's what they're going to involuntarily reflect. It doesn't matter if how they think of/percieve God is accurate or not.
Christians under the bondage of the Law, who are trying to fulfill it in of themselves, will typically see God as demanding, condemnatory, hard to please, and even mean. And unfortunately, that's what they're going to eventually reflect (to some extent or another) - and they'll probably experience a lot of frustration, whether or not it's visible to other people.
Basically, what these two laws mean, is that our relationships with God greatly effect how we act, and who we become.
Pretty simple, right?
So when we read these verses in that light, and in the light of the previous chapter (when it's talking about walking in the light with Jesus), it becomes more clear, and easy to understand.
Through fellowship with our God - which we now have access to, because of Jesus cleansing us and making us pure and holy before Him - we begin to change from carnal, to who He originally intended us to be, which is pretty much like Him. But what even is that?
It's full of love, for God, ourselves, and other people; full of truth about who He is, and who we are; compassionate; all of the other fruits of the spirit; etc..
Becoming like God comes from having a relationship with Him, and getting to really know Him.
So you see, "keeping His commandments/word" really just means becoming like God, because we'll start to operate how He operates, as a reflection of seeing Him for who He really is.
Under the Law, and the Old Covenant, we were really dirty, stinky, and unholy - we couldn't be in God's presence, because of how much holier He was. So we had to try to keep the Law, and offer sacrifices to clean ourselves up a little, in order to be saved and have the hope of eventual relationship and fellowship with God.
We had to do things, try to be like God in our natural state, in order to have relationship with Him.
However, under the New Covenant and Jesus' blood and sacrifice for us, we are completely holy - Jesus gave us His holiness. Now, being holy and clean, we can be with God and have relationship and fellowship with Him. And through that relationship, we can effortlessly become like Him. And it does a full loop, because becoming like Him will cause us to walk like He walks, which is what the people under the Law had to try to do, all in of themselves.
We have gone, through Jesus, from "doing the right things in order to have relationship" to "having relationship and becoming someone who does the right things".
That's pretty awesome!!
But anyways, sorry that was so long... I get excited :P. But let's get into these cool study hacks now!
1. Learn the material as an overview, before learning the details, or memorizing it
This is what makes memorizing the material so much easier for me, a lot of the time. I usually read the material more than anything else (especially at the beginning/middle of the season), because I want to get a good understanding of everything that's going on. I want to be able to see in my mind, all of the chapters laid out, and what's in each chapter.
After I know it pretty well, I start learning the details (like lists, or the genealogy), and going full throttle in memorizing whatever I'm memorizing that year. It's a lot easier, because these things have been floating around in your head for a while already, and now you're just perfecting your knowledge!
This is one of my very favorite hacks, for sure, because it saves me not only a lot of effort, but a lot of time, and it also is a great way to really solidify these things in your memory.
2. Block out your study time, and do other things between sessions
This is a simple thing that a lot of quizzers do, but it's so beneficial, and it really enhances your over-all results. It's pretty much taking the studying that you plan to do, and then dividing it up into a couple of pieces, that you'll work on one at a time. These divisions could be in regard to study techniques (i.e. memorizing, reviewing, reading, etc.), or in regard to time.
But however you decide to do it, the most important this is to remember to give your brain a good break between these blocks of studying.
This is especially helpful when we're trying to cram in as much study as possible before a big or important quiz, because it's a way to get a lot done, but not overwhelm yourself (or your memory) with too much information, too quickly. Plus, it's a great way to be a good steward of your energy, because you're allowing time for intense work, and a good amount of time for necessary rest.
3. Pace, exercise, or move around while studying
This is helpful, not only to get two things done at once, but also because it helps keep you focused. It might be just me, but when I really need to learn something, I have to get up and move around.
Sometimes, but not always, sitting still can be like letting your body distracting your mind (to some extent). If you really want to learn something, one of the best ways to help your brain do that, is to give your body something to do while your brain works - i.e. exercise, pacing, or going on a walk with the audio in your ears.
4. If you're in a slump, and discouraged about studying, put on a smile and a playlist of your favorite songs while you do some simple, light studying (i.e. reading)
Music is a great way to snap you out of slump, frustration, or a bad mood. Purposefully associating studying with some of your favorite songs, will kind of trick your brain into thinking about studying in a different way - in a better, happier, more fun way.
Also, music can be really motivating and encouraging. Picking some really good songs can not only get you out of a slump, but also propel you into an awesome sprint of hard work, and accomplishing a lot of things!
5. Repetition over long periods of time
As admittedly boring repetition can be, it's really the only way to move something from short-term to long-term memory. This hack has to do mostly with memorizing and review, but it can probably go with any kind of studying you apply it to, anyway.
When you're reviewing what you learned (probably the most important part of learning it), it's important to regularly revisit what you committed to memory, or else you'll eventually lose it entirely (which is really frustrating, as I'm sure most of us know :P). When you're learning new material, just try and remember to review the material that's older, and that you may have had down cold in the first few months of the season.
The most common occurrence of failing to apply repetition, was called "chapter one syndrome" by my team back in South Texas as a joke :P. It's when a quizzer knows the first chapter forwards, backwards, and upside down, so they study the new stuff, and leave the first chapter (or first few) un-studied for months on end, until they begin to forget it entirely. In the end, the quizzer will get a really easy question/bonus from chapter one, but will miss it entirely, and we'll say that they've come down with "chapter one syndrome".
Don't do that! Remember to review.
6. Recall at the beginning of your study sessions, to stretch your memory muscles
Honestly, this sucks almost as much as doing cardio before breakfast in the morning - but just like that, it is very effective.
Typically, from what I've experienced and seen in other quizzers, a quizzer will start off by quoting what they've memorized by chapter, or by listening to or reading the material. Then, later, they'll follow up with doing flashcards or the reference tool on QuizMaster, to practice their recall.
However, the recall practice is a lot easier when the material is already fresh on your mind from that same day - it's a lot harder when you haven't thought of the material in 24 hours or so. This stretches your recall/memory muscles, and will really benefit you (especially if you're doing memory or according to's) in a quiz.
7. Drawing/writing pieces of the material out (for visual people)
Learning best from visual/audible aids, I benefit a lot from things like writing the genealogy out on a poster, or looking at a map of Paul's journey's (for Acts), or even writing out lists, verses, and references by hand. Being able to see what you need to learn, especially if it's pretty and color-coordinated (:P), is an awesome and fun way to get it stuck in your brain.
8. Listen to the dramatized audio of the material (for light-studying)
This is an awesome way to learn the material when you're doing other things (like cleaning, in the car, or playing a video game), and it made up about half of my total studying my second year, when I made first in the quiz off at the regional qualifying tournament. Especially during the gospel/Acts years, the dramatized audio CD's are definitely worth getting.
9. Look up different versions of confusing verses/passages, to better understand them
Especially in 1-2 Corinthians, but in other materials too, some parts can be really confusing, and even hurtful or offensive, if we jump to conclusions about the meanings of these verses too quickly (guilty!). But there are a lot of ways that we can go about easily understanding our quiz material, and looking them up in different versions is probably the quickest, simplest way possible.
10. Study in different place, when you study sections for the first time
This is also for visual people, because when I study different sections for the first time, in different rooms/places, I remember the place matched with the section, and it's just another easy alleyway to remembering things in a quiz.
Well that's it for today, fam - I hope you enjoyed this post, and got something out of it that will make your studying more fun and effective!
Until next time my friends, keep quizzing and living victoriously, because you're not only blessed, not only favored, but abundantly blessed, and highly favored. Love you guys!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
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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