I hope all is well with your quizzing so far this season! As the first sprint for our Learn Luke Challenge, as mentioned in a previous post, I'm gonna walk you though the steps I used (just a week or so ago) to draw out my memorizing plan for the Olathe Invitational.
Now, I know and am friends with a good number of people who really couldn't care less about planning ahead, but let me tell you that especially in quizzing, but in other areas as well, that a goal without a plan is just a wish - you have a much, much better chance of meeting (and maybe even exceeding your goals) if you write them down, organize them, and know what you need to do every single day.
Here are a few things you can expect from this sprint;
With these things in mind, are yall ready to jump in? Lets do it!
First thing's first; how many verses do you need to learn before Olathe? The tournament, to my knowledge, is going to be over chapters 1-11 (if you want you can go ahead and check out their website; olathe.nazquizzing.org). Hopefully, you've already got a good amount of the material memorized - whether it's just in essence, or if you've got them down backwards and forwards and ready for according tos.
But however much you have, subtract that number from the total number of verses in the first 11 chapters, and count the number of days and weeks we have until the tournament on November 5th.
Given, this is a slightly longer sprint than you might have been expecting when I first announced the kind of events we would be having, but think of it this way; the longer the sprint, the farther you'll go. If the sprint was only a week long, then you might be able to get like 100-150 verses memorized, tops. And in Luke, that's like two chapters, so in order for a sprint to really have a good impact on how you do at the tournament named, the sprint has to be a good sized one.
Anyway, back to preparing; take away from the total number of days and weeks the number of days that you think you'll need to spend intensely reviewing the material. For example, in my schedule, I left out Sundays, and then the last week or so for JUST review.
After you do this, divide the number of verses among the remaining weeks, and further divide into the number of days a week you want to, and think you'll be able to, memorize and review recently memorized material. I.e. I'm doing Monday-Saturday, and at the time of my personal preparation and planning, I had a little over seven weeks before the tournament.
Next, decide if you want to have the same number of verses every day, or have heavier days and lighter days during the week (you can also take it a step further and have heavier and lighter weeks; I.e. heavier memorization the first few, and increasingly less to memorize every week to make room for the increasing number of verses to review every week). I decided to do more than double memorization Tuesdays-Thursdays, because I have other activities during the other days that take time away from school, so I don't have as much time. This also gives you a little wiggle room if you come a few verses short, so that it's not too big of a deal to add those on to light memorization days.
Once you know how many verses, and for how many days, and what days you're taking off for review, write it down - make a calendar and put it somewhere you'll see it everyday.
This might seem a little overwhelming, or it might be super motivating and exciting for you, but here's a couple things on how you can stick to your plan;
Well guys, are you pumped to really charge into this challenge, and to be your own boss, and to be more prepared for Olathe than you were last time? I know I am!
I will try to write more about this sprint as we go through, but until then, continue to be the awesome, and capable you!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
I was studying through the genealogy of Jesus in chapter three the other day, and so I thought I'd put together a little compilation of what I've learned so far, and I hope they help you, and give you some ideas as well.
I hope your studying is going good; most of us have already had one or more tournaments over Luke, and we're just now ramping up and really getting deep into the season, so now is no time to slow down the pace! Keep going; keep doing your very best, because God rewards us when we work at with all out hearts! And just like we learned last season in Colossians "whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" God really likes effort. That being said, don't think that your best efforts aren't enough, or that God would be somehow disappointed - know when you're doing your best, and be proud of it no matter what, because God's proud of you too!
Just believe in yourself a little more. You've got this in the bag!
I have heard some novice quizzers wonder about some ways to study the genealogy, so here's the list I have at the moment (be advised, this is my first year quizzing over a genealogy, so all of my thoughts might not be completely and totally full proof, and also, keep in mind that everyone learns differently, so take some time to really search out a few techniques that really click with your brain).
Now of course, nothing can really beat doing what you're used to doing, because your brain has learned to think and learn that way, but don't be afraid to try something new.
Little personal testimony going along with trying new things; in view of just moving to a new state, and having been a pretty introverted person, trying out new things and meeting new people has been pretty hard for me. I've done several things like this by now of course, but still, the very worst part is just moments before it gets better and all the fears are shrunk to irrelevant worries, and I usually end up having a good time. I've been having to learn to go with the flow, be flexible with how I thought things would go, to accept them as they are, and to make the absolute best of them - even if it might prove a little bit of a challenge. But thank God He loves us so much He even cares about our school schedule :P
But anyway, I'm super pumped to see y'all at the Olathe Invitational (so sad I missed out on the Roger's quiz :/ ) and I hope that your lives go on smoothly and happily, and that God reveals something to each one of us from His word that could change our lives. Until next time, keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
As promised, this is going to be the second part to my previous post, "7 Secrets To Rocking Generals" in which I cover the first three secrets, which are essential.
Here I will discuss the next three (equally important) secrets I've learned.
The fifth tip I have for you, is to be very, very, persistent in going over questions in the passage your studying. Here are three reasons to add it to your study list;
Now, imagining might sound a little childish, but adults use their imaginations on a daily basis as well, even if they might not recognize it as their imagination. For example, giving someone directions, you don't have a passage memorized of words that you rattle off to people - you just see the streets, turns, and stop lights in your head, and that's imagination, because it is being able to form a picture of something that isn't real, or present. It's not just for fantasy and playing dress up :P
And the final tip I have for you that I've learned about generals, is that it's important to take advice from other question specialists, because techniques they use than be applied (maybe not exactly the same way) to studying for generals as well.
According to's, for example, spend a ton of time and effort memorizing huge passages of scripture, and for general specialists, it's a good idea to invest some time focusing on important sections, and especially lists (which are very, very important in the gospels and for generals). Another thing that according to specialists are quite skilled at is laying out multiples at every possible opportunity. For generals, especially at a high level of pre-jumping, it's profitable to learn to multiple effectively, with good organization, speed, and accuracy.
And also, if you know any memory specialists, then don't be afraid to ask them to teach you about lip reading. Especially when you get to a fast pre-jumping quiz, lip reading becomes really important to be able to get that last little syllable.
I hope that these little tips help you, and that it proves easy to remember the real reason we quiz. Keeping this in our minds makes quizzing a whole lot less stressful, and immediately shoots the fun factor way up! :P Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
And as always, signing off as 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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