Did I ever mention that my second-favorite day of the week was Thursday? Well it is :P I don't know why, it's just a calming, second-wind kind of thing...
But any-hoo, I wanted to share some ideas with y'all that I've been collecting, which could help you guys get through these next couple intense months of tournaments by help with your motivation to study.
It depends on the quizzer, but from what I've heard, most of the well-accomplished quizzers don't really have a love for studying that some people might assume. They focus on their goal, and study to reach it. And to be honest with you, I don't really enjoy studying in itself. One of its byproduct is doing well at quizzes and tournaments, which I love of course, but sitting down and studying? I'm usually not eager to spend every spare moment on that.
When I recognized this dilemma, and started to think that there are probably some of you who go through the same problem, I thought I'd give you some ideas that work for me, to make your study sessions more fun, and enjoyable. So here we go!
1. Listening to the audio of the material
This gives your throat a break, for one, but it also allows you to really focus on the material as you read along, and think more about it's meaning (which will help when you're getting into pre-jumping and really have to understand -rather than just knowing - the material) than just the words coming out of your mouth. This is also a great idea to use either on a CD player when you're in just one room, or on your phone or IPod when you're in the car, walking, cleaning, or any brain-not-engaged task.
When you've got a lot of other things to do, or for those days when you really just feel unmotivated, set a timer for ten minutes. That's it - ten minutes. After the ten minutes, you can stop, and carry on with your day. A little while later, set the timer for another ten minutes, and so on. Do this three or four times, and you'll be golden! This is a way to compromise with your subconscious, and get some good studying in with barely even noticing.
3. Sweets and treats
Some of you may have seen or heard about this idea already, but it's a super fun and rewarding one! If you have a small bag of candy, or any other small treat with you, use them to your advantage. Place them strategically on the page, and as you reach that place in your reading, you get to eat it. It's a subtle, tasty way to energize your study sessions.
4. Playing games with the material
Anything form crossword puzzles, to jeopardy, to quoting memory verses back and forth with a friend as quickly and accurately as possible, to listing off unique words and where they come from, playing games with the material is a simple, fun way to sneak the facts into your brain. You might need to brainstorm for a few minutes, and it will probably take some experimentation to find the games that you really like and that have the best results, but it's worth the effort.
5. Set up a pleasurable study area
Of course anywhere will do for reading, but if you really want to get motivated and have a nice, profitable study session, setting up a good study area is one of the things you can do. Either a bright, indoor room, or on a porch or tree outdoors, some subtle music playing in the background, maybe a candle for a favored scent (or air freshener), and of course, a study game plan to follow through with.
6. Get some friends together for a study group
Of course this will probably be on occasion, but its always a nice deep breath for my study life. Very refreshing. As you might expect, you will probably get more out of the study session if you invite slightly older quizzers to study with you, and if the group is around 2-5 quizzers. It works best if you have games, or activities previously planned out, and a goal of what to accomplish, so that you can still talk and chat and goof around and have a good time, but refrain from making it into a social get together. Keep focused!
Which leads me to the next one...
7. Plan out, and have an end in sight to work towards
Either set a number of verses to perfect or memorize, or practice According To's on, or a number of chapters to read, or a number of questions to go over, whatever you're studying, make sure that you know what you want to accomplish going into a study session, even if you're by yourself.
8. A regular, set reward for your daily study plan
This could be anything from watching an episode of your favorite show, or you can only have desert if you finish your study plan, or whatever you can think of. This is a good thing to have, as opposed to specific, one-time rewards, because it's just something you look forward to every single day, and can't have if you don't study. This is a plan that really helps the inconsistent quizzer, but also takes a good amount of will-power sometimes.
9. Fixing your attitude or mindset before diving into your study session
If you go in with a defeated attitude, then you'll benefit much less from it than you would if you went into it with an overcoming, and champion mindset and focus.
Life can get in the way sometimes, and it's really, really easy to get distracted and lose focus on things like getting into God's Word. And I guess that's just another one of the things that Quizzing's doing for us; getting us used to making time for the Word.
Well guys, take a moment to take a few breaths, and shake it out. You'll be okay :) Keep your head high, and smile wide!
Thanks for reading!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
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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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