Hows y'all's studying going? Super pumped about the Luke season? Today I thought I would share with you some of the things I've learned about studying for and jumping on General questions, so lets go ahead and dive in!
First of all, Generals have been the main thing I jump on the last three years, and they're by far my favorite (even though I enjoy Situation questions a lot as well!). However, even recently I've been learning more about them, so I don't have everything figured out, but I do believe that the things I'll share with you could help.
A few people have asked me how I can quiz over the material without memorizing it (even though I do plan on doing that this year! How's the Learn Luke Challenge treating you, BTW?), and it took me a long time, but I finally figured it out:
Reading and listening to it while to do other necessary tasks that don't require thinking (I.e. washing the dishes, cleaning, showering/doing hair and makeup etc.) is one of the ways you can get a whole lot of easy, extra study time in.
2. Reflex speed
General questions, like context questions, normally require a lot of reflex jumping, as opposed to the memory, according to, and situation types, which usually have a reliable syllable count before a good pre-jump. What, when, where, who, why and how have slightly different timings. Who is the quickest pre-jump, followed by why, what, where, when and how (in my opinion).
Knowing unique and seldom-used words, and where they come from are essential for reflex jumping on General questions. Which leads me to the next point;
3. Pay attention to each word and use them to deduce where the question came from and what it is. I.e. "Where will John be..." - "John" which is obviously the most unique word in our pre-jump, is what narrows down our possibilities to verses and passages where he's mentioned. "Where" lets us know to think of where he is connected to a certain place. In chapter one, there's four places (Verses 15, 17, 76, and 80). "Will" of course means that whatever is happening will take place in the future, rather than if it happened in the past, or if it was a current event. This knocks out only the last possibility (leaving us verses 15, 17, and 76). "Be" eliminates verses 17 and 76 because in those he will be going on to a certain place, rather than being something in a certain place. This leaves us verse 15, in which John "will be great in the sight of the Lord." which makes the last word of the question "great?".
I know that this isn't a perfect, or probably even a very good example, but it is an important process to understand, to improve your pre-jumping abilities. Also, when listening for the words, it's good to pay attention to the inflection as well, like according to quizzers do all the time.
4. Knowing the topics of each passage and what verses they begin at
Knowing this will help you when you deduce word by word as in the example above. You'll be able to pull out every possibility, and then be able to make your educated guess with a more sure and stable base, making sure that you aren't missing a passage.
I'll be posting part two of what I've learned about Generals soon, with the last three points.
I hope that these help you in your studying, jumping, and answering, and that it brings more fun to each of them as well! Whether or not you're part of a super competitive district or not, know that it can always be changed, but that it doesn't necasarily have to for you yourself to improve. This is something I'm having to learn.
The best of study and practice to you!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Sorry about the delay in posting; the past few weeks have been a bit hectic.
But with everything starting to roll with the new season, I wanted to address one of the hardest parts of quizzing, even though it's something that I still struggle with.
The hardest part isn't jumping speed, it's not finishing the question when you pre-jump, it's not the long drives to the tournaments; it's opening our scripture portions.
Once you get started it gets easier, just like working out. But the hardest battle to win is the argument between your drive and your excuses - which is stronger? Which one wins most often? Which one is easier to give into?
But you know, our biggest struggles end up being our biggest victories; all it takes is the right tools, and a dedicated person to use them. The thing you have to remember, when fighting this, is to never let a previous failure go to your heart, or a win to your head. As long as we know that, we can always work on a level playing field.
Will power, like memory, and abs, is a muscle. The more you use it, the more you push it to it's limits, the stronger it gets, and the more it will do for you in the long run.
Having to use it during my quizzing career has helped me in other areas of my life as well, like home schooling, active work, and spending time with family and friends. Without a strong will power, there's not much we can get done, because we'll only end up working when we're in the mood for it, and we all know that that doesn't happen every day.
Obviously, I don't have it figured out, I still make tons of mistakes and I end up having to pick up my own slack later on, and that sucks. But the important thing isn't to do be perfect in everything I do; it's to learn, and to focus on being better. If I wake up with that mindset, it's a lot easier to win the fight between my excuses and my priorities.
Although I'm obviously all for getting motivated, and I don't believe there's anything wrong with trying to keep yourself that way, being a disciplined quizzer is a heck of a lot scarier to the competition.
The quizzers who have mastered this are the ones you're going to see up at the front for medals and awards over and over again.
Sometimes you just have to do it. Results don't care if you're in a good mood or not. Although it's more enjoyable, you'll always thank yourself later on if you make yourself put in the work so you have what you need to reach your goals.
It's important to get the the deepest root of why you're doing what you're doing, and why you're going to work so hard for it. If you're sure of this, then you'll be able to remind yourself of it when you feel like watching a tv show instead of studying (guilty!). Taking control of these little decisions is the foundation for taking control of those big decisions, because any habits we have now will only be magnified when we grow up - and that both scares and motivates me :P.
It's essential to be the boss of your minutes. Minutes are the building blocks of hours, which are the things days are made of. Soon enough days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, which can fill a life time. Learn to be the boss of your minutes, and you'll find yourself being the boss of your life.
That being said, you won't change your life in one day - growth comes gradually, it always has. In every part of how the universe works, you have to start as a seed, and work and wait to become a fully grown tree. When things don't work that way, it's a lot more likely that something will go wrong. For instance, people winning the lottery and then not being able to handle money correctly because they never really had any to begin with. But self-made millionaires on the other hand, have a little more wisdom, even though it took a lot more time and effort.
When you have some special time set aside for investing in your quizzing career (AKA studying) really put your all into it. Just like a real job, if you are going to be there anyway, be all there, and you'll see better results.
The Rogers invitational is in 21 days, and it is over the first five chapters of Luke. Excited to see all of you there, and I hope that your practice and study until then is some of the best you've ever had! Let's make this tournament a competition to remember!
Thank you for reading, everyone, and the best of luck at Rogers!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
your fellow quizzer,
Today I'm announcing the Learn Luke Challenge!
The Learn Luke Challenge is a motivational group effort to memorize all of the material for the next season (complete with hashtag: #LearnLuke16) with a schedule, group and individual goals, and events like progress check points, catchup days, memorizing sprints, review weekends, and breaks. All in accordance with the schedule of the tournaments this season to the best of our ability.
Obviously the reason we're proposing it is to encourage everyone to memorize Luke, especially since it's a bit longer than GEPCP, and to help people know that it is totally achievable. Also, when it gets tough in the middle, or near the end, there'll be a whole support group of people who are experiencing the same thing.
Right now, it looks like the schedule is going to be roughly 7 verses a day, five days a week, or five verses a day, 7 days a week, to memorize all the material in time for the big tournaments. I'll have the schedule for the events, posted soon. So what do you say? Are you ready to tackle this giant with with us?
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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