Let's go ahead and jump right into this today; I'm super excited to share this with you guys! But in order to get ya thinking, I'm gonna start out with a question...
What makes a person good at quizzing?
This is a pretty important question for those who want to be the best quizzer around, or just at the top in general, because it holds the key to unlocking the door to the quizzing success room. And of course, being a good quizzer includes more than just one thing, but I think we can all agree that the one ingredient of it, that I'll be talking about, is a major piece of the foundation for building a successful quizzing career.
And that's having a solid study plan.
But this topic isn't just for those who want to be at the top right now, this season; the things I'll be touching on would help a newer, or less competitive, quizzer as well - Especially in the area of learning how to study, because we've all been there. I mean, for goodness sake, I'm still learning to study my best; there's always room for improvement!
The system I've found in my three years (and a little bit) of quizzing that works best for me, is to block out the study time. Now, this won't work unless you learn how to keep yourself motivated and encouraged to keep doing your very best and to work at it with all your heart - keep your eyes on the prize, my friend!
When I block my time out, it gives me just a little bit of my plan to bite off at a time, rather than just having a study list, which can work, but also is more likely to be overwhelming and discouraging, especially on a not-so-great day. Because, to be honest, we all have lives; we all have school, homework, hobbies, friends and family to spend time with, and on top of all of that, we know that we have to make time to relax, rest and refuel. So a great way to help yourself keep up a good study habit for quizzing, is to block out your time; and I'm gonna show you how.
Answer these questions; how much variety to I want to keep in my study routine? and how much time do I want to, and am able to, spend on it everyday?
To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I'll give you a few examples of having "variety" in the first question.
Now you'll probably want to mix them up a little, and it might take a while to really find a combination or order of business that works best for you (and you might even try changing around the order of your study time topics when you're feeling discouraged, or just unmotivated - trying something new is always a good idea to get the spark of motivation lighted again!).
And for time lengths for your study time total, and for how long each block is, I would suggest considering three things;
There is a fine line between having a killer disciplined mindset to do what needs to be done and enjoying it, like I mentioned in a previous post, and making yourself work super super hard to the extent that you don't even want to quiz anymore. Beware of this so that you don't become your own worst enemy.
After you answer these questions, put them together and find the best template that works for your situation. For example, I decided that I wanted to do some questions, have a specific chapter or chapters to focus on, do a little reading, memorizing of course, and then leave room in my study outline for some special, topic-specific study, where I would learn a list, work on the genealogy, make a point to study with my siblings, etc.. Like always, I drew it out, and then revised it to fit into reality.
Deciding to stick to my 6-day/week plan for studying, I continued to leave Sunday open for rest, and then put fewer study goals on Wednesday and Thursday because I not only have more verses to memorize on those days (as previously determined by my memorizing schedule) but those are my most busy days of the week, and I wanted to refrain from making it even more difficult. Following this, I mixed it together with my reviewing plan (coming soon in a post of its own!) and wha-la! What I ended up with I think will help make me a better quizzer, and will help with the balance of the rest of my life as well.
Once you figure yours out, the next step is to put it into action, which is definitely the most difficult step, but also the most rewarding! If you're on track with working on the Learn Luke Challenge already, or if you're wanting to learn the material this season without memorizing, then this might seem a little too much right now. But don't worry, everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes, and everyone feels like quitting every once in a while - I know I have, and will again - but you can't let that discourage you long term, and you can't let it stop you. As strange as it might sound, blocking out study time is one of the most profitable study lessons I've learned, and I hope that it helps you too!
Thanks for reading, y'all! 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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