Sorry about the delay in posting part two, it's been a little crazy :P
Going along with the topic my last post was on, about how to keep studying until Q, I'm going to be talking about how more experienced and GEPCP-season-successful can keep themselves motivated through the dry stretch. So here we go!
Congratulations on how you've done this season! It's really exciting when you do well in quizzing, since you know that you've worked hard for every inch - it's rewarding! But it also gets a little more intense, because you learn to expect more from yourself.
You've probably got really good studying habits by now, so all you need to do is keep up the run for the final couple weeks. Don't think slowing down will be okay because you already know the stuff - continue to build on what you've learned, even if you know the material like the back of your hand.
There's always something to be learned or worked on. Really good understanding of the material? Learn the memory, or start memorizing a few chapters, or learn the Old Testament references. Already memorized everything with the references? Work on unique words and lists. Got all that done? Start tackling the concordance and footnotes! There's been at least one person I've heard of (don't know personally, it was many years ago) who memorized the concordance, and DOMINATED nationals. He (as can be imagined) got first place as well, because no one could match his pre-jumping speed - he could pick out each little word and the combinations and figure out right where it came from.
There's always some way to better yourself and define and chisel your quizzing muscles.
And on the flip side of this coin, you have accomplished a ton this season! And you do have the majority of the knowledge that you need to do well at Q2016, so don't be afraid to shake it out (a little bit) and have some fun with studying for the last few weeks! Quizzing's supposed to be fun, but that's completely up to you.
All too often, quizzers get to a point where they get into a 'have to do this' mind set, instead of a 'lets do this!' mind set.
The first one comes from an obligation (your parents or care-giver might be making you do quizzing, and you've really enjoyed it. 'Obligation' here means that you're making it one of the most important things in your life, rather than to continue or to quit). Obligation either to your team, coach, church, district, region, to support them and be a strong player, or just because you think people will look down on you if you shift your priorities in your life.
The second one usually comes from a quizzer who is getting their mind wrapped around quizzing, and what it is, and why people do it, and why they want to continue. This quizzer works really really really hard, and achieves a lot! And there's four paths this kind of quizzer takes. 1) They eventually shift priorities, or something happens in their life where they can no longer quiz 2) They continue to work hard, but as life goes on more things battle for their time and they find themselves needing to be more balanced 3) They continue to work hard, but they either think they know everything, or they are content with where they are as a quizzer 4) Their success just continues to motivate them, and they laugh at torpedoes that come their way. They charge, and charge, and just keep charging ahead, and work with all their might because they love quizzing, and they love the competition.
Now, take note that none of these are at fault, or better than the others, in themselves; it's each individual's motive behind their actions. If the quizzer's personal life is going well, and they are satisfied and eager to keep moving, then three cheers for them, no matter if they get first or last place at a tournament.
But whatever path you might find yourself on right now, if you're reading this, it proves that you're willing to put effort into being a good quizzer, so go for it!
I know it can be hard sometimes to find a reason to keep working hard, believe me, but try imagining the rewards. Not just doing well at a tournament, or building a huge trophie gallery in your room, but the golden knowledge and understanding of the word that won't collect dust like our awards (even though those are awesome too :P).
Remind yourself about why you started. What made you work this hard? What was one of the single thoughts that drove you to work like a machine, charging down everything in your path? What was it about studying and quizzing that made you oblivious to the hours and hours of hard work?
Once you find that, you've found your motivation.
Well guys, last week before Q2016, y'all ready? Can't wait to get quizzing with you guys, it's gonna be a blast! Good luck to each and every one of you, and your teams!
I pray that we'll all be able to use these last few days to finish prepping, that we will be able to quickly and correctly recall the material during rounds, have good fellowship with our fellow quizzers, and that we all have safe travels to and from SNU.
See you all on Monday!!
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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