Today was my first official day to start memorizing GEPCP! So exciting! So for the occasion, I thought that I'd share with you a couple of things that came to mind, while I was learning these verses and reciting them to myself.
Hope those help your studying! Remember, when you're memorizing these verses, that ALL scripture is God-breathed, and is useful. That "All" doesn't mean some of it, it means "all". So if you're giving the excuse of "oh I don't think that I could really learn anything from this verse, it doesn't really have any huge doctrinal statements in it." just remember, that ALL scripture is God-breathed, and is useful. Really take some time and think on the verses you're learning. It'll benifit you way more than winning a quiz will.
Thanks for reading, guys!
Your fellow quizzer,
I know I may have talked about this a little bit in a prior post, but I think it deserves another.
Last season, I used personal score cards for myself, and filled one out at each and every quiz meet that I went to (from small local quizzes, to the national tournament). I filled out my personal score, who we were quizzing, where the quiz was, what number quiz of the season it was, what number round it was of that quiz, what number question I got out of the round in (if I got out of the round), if we won or if we lost, the ending scores for each team, and so on. Now at the end of that season, having at least nine of those sheets of detailed information, I'm able to go back and learn from what I've done right, and wrong. But more so, I'm able to see how much I've grown through the season, and in what ways.
There was one team on our region that I was petrified of, and it was always more difficult to quiz them than any other team, because I didn't think I could do well (because Quizzing is at least half mental) therefore I usually didn't do very well when we quizzed against them. But even though I didn't really make a huge change in mindset, putting all the times I quizzed them during last season (which was probably less than ten) together, and comparing them, I was getting much better in my performance, simply through experience and slowly growing confidence in my abilities.
I went from either not getting any questions, or making a ton of errors, to maybe getting three correct jumps a round! Of course to this day I've never quizzed out when I'm going head to head that I can remember (and I'm pretty sure I'd remember that), but I am getting better, and I will get where I want to be if I keep my focus and motivation.
One of the most motivating things for me, is seeing, and acknowledging my accomplishments, and being positive about what I've already done. If all you ever give yourself is condemnation, then you will get very discouraged, think badly about yourself, begin to have a negative mindset, and it's really just an unnecessary self-destruction to not give yourself a good measure of grace when you need it, and think positively, even when you haven't done as well as you would have liked. If that is what Quizzing is doing for you, and that alone, quit. It's not worth it.
But if you can be positive, and use Quizzing to teach you skills, like figuring out how you work and learn the best, patience with progress, endurance, team spirit and sportsmanship, seeing past people's differences and being happy for other's accomplishments, learning how to motivate yourself and be productive, having a good attitude about everything, forming habits, getting into the Word without fail, learning how to not get discouraged, it's simple things like this that get embedded into us (even if we might not notice it at first) while we are doing something that we love, very much, that will help us a lot when we get older, and have to start thinking about the rest of our lives, and what we are going to make of them. Learning all these things at such a good age, where we are molding ourselves, and turning into who we are going to be for the rest of our lives, is a great thing, and very possibly one of the best things that quizzing will do for you, besides learning the scripture.
I hope that this tidbit has helped you re-focus on things that matter, and that you see the need to think positively. And a great way to do that is to keep track of how you're doing throughout the season. So I would encourage you to get a notebook, and dedicate it only to be used at quizzes (or practices as well if you so desire) to write in how you've done, and how you've progressed.
Thank you for reading, have a extraordinary day!
Your fellow quizzer,
If you're like me, then being productive isn't always what you do, and getting in a mood where you really want to be productive isn't that easy. So I thought I'd share with you a couple of things that I've found that help me get into a productive mood, and help me get more stuff done, with better time use.
These are some basic things that will help dramatically, if you apply them correctly. But maybe more than anything, if you begin your day with a smile, a good attitude, getting into the Word (not quizzing, but a normal Bible study) and talking to God, I can guarantee that your day will go better, and you'll be more productive than if you hadn't done these things.
Thank you for reading! Have a great day!
Your fellow quizzer,
Greetings, my wonderful friends!
Goodness, isn't this life God has given us amazing? Just look around you! Look at the inspiring nature He's created! It takes my breath away, and simply leaves me praising Him for how good He is to me. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!
Well guys, I know that I've already done several posts about studying, and how I like to do it, but I think now that I've had another half-season under my belt, I'll be able to give you some better advice :-) That's one great thing about having a blog about something that you're currently doing, not just done, because you're always learning new things and are able to share that with people as you learn them! You just keep growing!
So anyways, here's a few tips about studying, that really help me, and that I really enjoy!
That's just a couple of things I've learned from my past two (and a beginning) seasons of quizzing study. I really hope these things will help you too! But really, no matter what I say, you need to find out what works for you, and what helps you study the best. And the only way to do that, is to study a lot, and to experiment with different techniques, even if you're doubtful. And don't give up on something if you've only tried it once, give it a week, and see if anything changes. It might be helping in a way you don't see immediately.
Above all, we need to not only study the Word for knowledge that we will use to compete, but we NEED to really let the Word impact us. Listen with your heart, not only you head. Let the Lord speak to you through the words that He inspired to be written. If you really start to get in the Word to learn things not only for quizzing, but to help you grow spiritually, it will change you life. It'll transform you from the inside out.
You'll start to see a difference in every aspect of your life - financially, emotionally, the way you think, your relationships with people, the way you react to things, everything will begin to transform because in Christ, we are new creatures. But none of that transformation happens without us getting into the word, and meditating on it day and night (Joshua 1:8). Meditating is not an eastern religious thing that you sit cross legged and say "ummmm" when we are saying this, it simply means thinking about the Word, and God constantly, having dreams about it at night, because you think about it so much.
Okay, I'm done ranting :-) Happy quizzing, and have a fantastic day tomorrow!
Thank you for reading!
Your fellow quizzer,
In a previous post, I had mentioned making motivational quotes and things of that nature, and putting them up in your room, in your school binder, your phone lock screen, or anywhere else, where you'll see it on a daily basis.
So I was just going to give you a couple of those now, with which you may do as you please :P Type and print out, draw and color in, paint, whatever you like. Putting this out there; I didn't write any of these, they aren't mine, I've found them on various websites and such.
Dang talk about some meaningful phrases! I hope these help you guys not only begin the season with a bang, but continue in it the rest of the year :)
Thanks for reading.
Your fellow quizzer,
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