Today is another great Monday. Lol Mondays can be rough sometimes, for sure.
But its always so refreshing to just take a step back and ask the Holy Spirit to remind me to keep all of these things in view of eternity, so that I don't get bogged down and frustrated and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things I write on my to-do list.
Taking that step back, to fall into the Father's arms, and consciously choose to place that relationship with Him first, is the only way I've ever found (and I've looked for a lot of options in the past ;)) to actually enjoy life, and the progress along journey that He's given me.
So, even if I don't get everything checked off today (or half of the things checked off), it's okay, and I can fall asleep peacefully tonight, and sleep well, because that's not where my worth comes from. I'm not measuring myself, my worth, or my success, off of my own accomplishments. No, no. Been there, done that, it's not cool.
Rather, God's been teaching me how I can stop myself whenever I hear the faintest whisper of a lie from the enemy - A whisper that tempts me to be stressed out, or that tells me that I'm no good because, "look at all you didn't accomplish today" - and how I can rebuke it, and replace it with truth right off the bat.
I feel like I've mentioned this a lot on TBQJ lately, but it's something God's teaching me about, so whatever :P - That guarding your heart is so important. And what I'm talking about here, is a big part of guarding our hearts.
The devil knows that one of the quickest ways to get us emotionally drunk and vulnerable, is to mess up how we see our identity, and our worth to God. As Americans, especially, one of the quickest routes to our identity for him, is through what we do.
That's one of the reasons why it's vital to ask and seek God for an understanding, about where our identities come from; Both the general factors (i.e. we're all His children, He loves us totally unconditionally, He's made us all with a specific and important purpose, etc.), and also the more individual and unique factors (all of the wonderful elements that He instilled in you, that make you the awesome person that you are).
When our identities are correctly focused in on, and centered around, who we are, instead of what we do (our day-to-day fleshly performance, which will never be sustainably perfect because we're human), we can move past being worried about our own self-image, and begin being enabled to focus on our God, His Kingdom, and our relationship with Him.
So that's pretty cool.
BUT ANYWAYS, I know that wasn't really an intro to what we're going to be talking about (sorry-not-sorry :P), so here's a little introduction for you...
Today we're going to be talking about "Overcoming Roadblocks", and this is an extremely vital part of quizzing, and life in general. However, that being said, I feel like it's not really discussed much, or taught, in the Christian circle or elsewhere.
So, today, I'll be sharing with you my findings from my personal, long and drawn-out experience, of making tons and tons of mistakes, and then learning how I can do this life thing - How I can run as fast as I can, and trip as little as possible ;). This is gonna be fun. Let's get into it!!
Obviously, we all have problems of some magnitude or another, when it comes to Teen Bible Quizzing, right? If we didn't, then everyone would easily be the number one quizzer at every event - but not everyone is - There is generally only one first place individual.
What's the biggest "problem" that we hear about in quizzing?
If you don't know, you either haven't been paying very much attention, or you're just surrounded by perfect quizzers ;).
It's the old, tried and true, "not studying enough", of course!
But, after considering this for a moment, when I was thinking about what I wanted to write about, earlier this week, that's actually not accurate, and I'll tell you why...
"Not studying enough" isn't a problem, it's the fruit, the result, OF a problem. See?
There are a lot of different possible roots that could produce "not studying enough", and it's not the same for everyone, because everyone's different, and they have different lives.
Here are a few root problems, that I feel are most common among quizzers:
So you see, these are all a little similar, but they all present a different obstacle to overcome - Often, we have to use slightly different tactics, in order to overcome them.
And I'm not going to go through each of these, and give you a formula for doing that for each one. You'll be more effective, and more satisfied at the end of the day, if you seek God's heart and wisdom on your problem, and learn in your heart how to execute the solution.
But, what I am going to be talking about, in the sequel of this post (probably next week, I'm thinking), is a process that the military uses, and that has a lot of Biblical truth to it:
Identify, Isolate, Eliminate.
And we'll be going in to each of those in detail and explanation next time. I'm super excited for it!
But for today, I want you to think about what we've talked about here...
You might be having trouble with something, you may have already identified what's holding you back, or hindering you from making progress. But take some time and ask God if that thing is actually the problem, or just the result of another problem. I mentioned at the beginning of this post, about the importance of guarding our hearts.
In Proverbs, it says that everything in life is affected by the condition of them. That's why, more often than not, that most of our problems are just the result of something going on in our hearts, even if we might not realize it yet.
For me, with the problem of perfectionism and frustration and stress, was just the result of being self-centered, having a messed up idea of my identity, and not knowing my God enough, so that I could trust Him with who I was and what I did. I didn't have relationship with Him, so I couldn't bring myself to trust Him with my minutes, my hours, because that would mean surrendering to Him everything that I thought gave me worth and value.
And guys, learning what my identity is in Christ, from Christ, has changed my life on all levels.
Like I said earlier, what I did/didn't do, defined who I was, and how much I was worth. That's just not true, and it's a terribly trap of the enemy, because when our focus is on ourselves, and trying to improve our own worth, we can't see Jesus almost at all. And looking to Him, is the only way we can draw on His strength, and joy, and know how much He deeply, deeply loves and cares for us.
That's an amazing break through that I pray each and every one of you receives from God, if you haven't yet, because speaking from my own journey through this, it will totally change your life.
Well, with that, dear and precious people, I hope that you have an awesome, awesome week this week, and that you're just filled with a fresh and new understanding and revelation of how loved you are by the Father, and how important you are to Him, because He would (and did) give up anything and everything, just for you.
God wouldn't do that just for some old worthless thing, would He? NO! You are a worthy, qualified, and quality creation and possession of God, and having a relationship with you, is the most important thing to Him, above everything else.
Man, our God is so good, isn't He??
I love you guys so so so much, and I'll see you THIS SUNDAY, for another awesome Newsletter! Until then, keep quizzing and living victoriously!!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Today I'm going to be talking a little bit about something that a lot of quizzers have trouble with, and that I've had trouble with, too!
It's a very common issue, something that stunts a quizzer's progress, and/or their motivation to keep working hard - and it's especially common around this time of the season.
So what is this thing we'll be talking about? Well I guess you can see from the title, that it is none other than... REVIEWING! :P Yeah, yeah, big surprise, I know. But it is actually one of the most (if not the most) important things to learn how to do, if you want to be the best quizzer that you possibly can.
But before we hop right into that, I just wanted to mention really briefly, about something that happened this past weekend, that has never happened before, in the history of TBQJ....
I posted THREE SEPARATE YOUTUBE VIDEOS in two days!
These three videos were, in order, "Vlog #12 - The Aspects of God", "My Testimony, Part 1", and finally, "My Testimony, Part 2". And I'm so excited for you guys to see them!
If you haven't seen them yet, you can check out my YouTube Channel ("Mallory Leake"), scroll down to the previous two posts, or click/tap on the "Vlogs (Season 1)" category, in the sidebar.
I really hope that you enjoyed them if you have already seen them, and that you will enjoy them, when you watch them after reading this post :P LOL
BUT ANYWAYS, lets get into the awesome topic, of REVIEWING.....
First of all, if you didn't know, reviewing is really important. Often, it's the single stepping stone between 20th place, and placing in the top ten, or even the top five (or higher ;)).
Also, it saves you a TON of time, especially if you're memorizing any amount of the material. Why? Because you won't have to go through the process of re-memorizing a bunch of stuff. And that's usually not much fun :P.
And for something that important, and something that vital to your success as a quizzer, it's actually pretty darn simple, and easy! So I'm going to be showing you a few different ways that you can learn how to review like a pro in no time.
Kinds of review:
Basically, a quizzer learns the material in one of two ways; memorized, or learned-in-essence. This generally depends both on how competitive the quizzer is, and what question type(s) they specialize in (and sometimes, even what kind of studying they've done in past years, and what kind of studying they learned to do first, when they first started quizzing).
Here are a few of the main ways that you can actually go about reviewing the material, for each of these ways:
Three extra tips about reviewing:
Like I mentioned in a previous post, I think it was 10 Result-Focused Study Hacks, a super fun post by the way (:P), doing recall/review FIRST is extremely effective - probably a lot more than you think.
It's like doing cardio first thing in the morning, before breakfast - it's really hard and it sucks, but you'll be surprised by how big, and rewarding, the results will be.
Doing review, especially recall practice, when you haven't seen/thought about the material since the previous day (or a few days ago :P), then your brain will have to think a lot harder, and eventually, your recall speed and accuracy will be really, really good!
Learning it in your spirit, and learning it in regard to how it actually pertains to you and your life, and the people around you, is the absolute best way that you can go about really remembering something. Why? Because it will mean something to you on a whole different level.
If we study our quiz material, whatever it might be, like a textbook in school, then it will only penetrate our intellectual side. But, if we look at it, study it, and quiz over it like it's supposed to be (as the Word of God), then it will penetrate into our spirit. And only then, will God be able to teach us about something that's in our quiz material - and only then, will quizzing begin to have an affect on the rest of our lives.
There's no need to have a whole, elaborate reviewing plan - that just gets confusing and discouraging, most of the time :P. Instead, we can go about it in a super simple, straight forward way, and still reap a ton of great results from it!
Here's a way that you can do that:
Take the material that you're studying right now, and count how many chapters you have in total. Next, take the total number of days THIS WEEK that you'll be able to study (be real, too - don't set unrealistic expectations or goals, if you have a super busy week! :)). Next, figure out how many chapters you'll be able to, and want to, work on really reviewing this week (remember to take into consideration any quizzes/tournaments you may have coming up!).
And finally, separate that many chapters into each of your studying days this week, and WRITE IT DOWN! You don't want to forget your plan, after all of the hard work you just did, to figure it out ;).
But of course, a plan is always just a plan, unless you put in the dirty work, and get it done during the week. You can do it!!!
Well, my friends, that is the post for today. I hope that this helps you in your quizzing journey, and that you are now better equipped to study and review more effectively, this week, this season, and in the seasons yet to be! :P
Don't forget to check out those new YouTube videos I just posted a few days ago, if you haven't seen them yet, and I will see you guys in our TBQJ Newsletter this Sunday, and then back again next Monday, for another exciting "God-centered, quizzing-oriented" blog post!
Keep quizzing and living victoriously, because it is your birthright that no one can take away. You're a beautiful, beloved and treasured, perfect, holy, strong, and courageous child of the Most High King of Glory, today!! I love you guys, but God loves you so much incredibly more <3.
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Today I'm going to be sharing with you my top ten, results-focused studying hacks, that I've been using, and that help me use my study time effectively.
But before that, how are you doing today? I want you to know how incredibly loved you are, and how fondly the Father thinks of you, and especially how much He cares for you and your well-being - in every aspect, and in every part of your life. He cares a whole lot!
And real quickly, I wanted to tell you about this revelation I got the other day, when I was studying through the second chapter of 1 John...
You can skip over this and go ahead and go to the next section, if you want to get to the hacks - but this is pretty cool ;)
I was really kind of confused when I first started to read that chapter, because it sounds an awful like John is telling us to keep the Law, or at the very least, obey all of Christ's teachings (both of which, of course, are impossible for us to accomplish in the natural). Verses 3-6 say,
"And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, 'I know Him', and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby do we know that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." (sorry for the -eth's, I use KJV :P)
Kind of confusing, to the New Covenant believer, at face value, right? Right!
But I wasn't taking into account the truth about reflection, and producing fruit. That might not make a lot of sense, but let me explain...
In the Kingdom of God, there's this law about effortless change on the outside, when change happens on the inside. This is demonstrated in a few different places, but one of the ones I was looking at was Mark 4:26-28, which describes the effortless growth of a seed: "For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear."
I've said this before, but any kind of plant that produces fruit doesn't have to try to produce fruit - it just kind of happens, and that's how it is. Of course, it has to be healthy, and being fed and watered, and looked after. But if those things are happening, it's just a matter of time before you can start seeing the results.
That's the law of producing fruit. But what's the law about reflection?
It's that, in the way that people think of, or perceive God, that's what they're going to involuntarily reflect. It doesn't matter if how they think of/percieve God is accurate or not.
Christians under the bondage of the Law, who are trying to fulfill it in of themselves, will typically see God as demanding, condemnatory, hard to please, and even mean. And unfortunately, that's what they're going to eventually reflect (to some extent or another) - and they'll probably experience a lot of frustration, whether or not it's visible to other people.
Basically, what these two laws mean, is that our relationships with God greatly effect how we act, and who we become.
Pretty simple, right?
So when we read these verses in that light, and in the light of the previous chapter (when it's talking about walking in the light with Jesus), it becomes more clear, and easy to understand.
Through fellowship with our God - which we now have access to, because of Jesus cleansing us and making us pure and holy before Him - we begin to change from carnal, to who He originally intended us to be, which is pretty much like Him. But what even is that?
It's full of love, for God, ourselves, and other people; full of truth about who He is, and who we are; compassionate; all of the other fruits of the spirit; etc..
Becoming like God comes from having a relationship with Him, and getting to really know Him.
So you see, "keeping His commandments/word" really just means becoming like God, because we'll start to operate how He operates, as a reflection of seeing Him for who He really is.
Under the Law, and the Old Covenant, we were really dirty, stinky, and unholy - we couldn't be in God's presence, because of how much holier He was. So we had to try to keep the Law, and offer sacrifices to clean ourselves up a little, in order to be saved and have the hope of eventual relationship and fellowship with God.
We had to do things, try to be like God in our natural state, in order to have relationship with Him.
However, under the New Covenant and Jesus' blood and sacrifice for us, we are completely holy - Jesus gave us His holiness. Now, being holy and clean, we can be with God and have relationship and fellowship with Him. And through that relationship, we can effortlessly become like Him. And it does a full loop, because becoming like Him will cause us to walk like He walks, which is what the people under the Law had to try to do, all in of themselves.
We have gone, through Jesus, from "doing the right things in order to have relationship" to "having relationship and becoming someone who does the right things".
That's pretty awesome!!
But anyways, sorry that was so long... I get excited :P. But let's get into these cool study hacks now!
1. Learn the material as an overview, before learning the details, or memorizing it
This is what makes memorizing the material so much easier for me, a lot of the time. I usually read the material more than anything else (especially at the beginning/middle of the season), because I want to get a good understanding of everything that's going on. I want to be able to see in my mind, all of the chapters laid out, and what's in each chapter.
After I know it pretty well, I start learning the details (like lists, or the genealogy), and going full throttle in memorizing whatever I'm memorizing that year. It's a lot easier, because these things have been floating around in your head for a while already, and now you're just perfecting your knowledge!
This is one of my very favorite hacks, for sure, because it saves me not only a lot of effort, but a lot of time, and it also is a great way to really solidify these things in your memory.
2. Block out your study time, and do other things between sessions
This is a simple thing that a lot of quizzers do, but it's so beneficial, and it really enhances your over-all results. It's pretty much taking the studying that you plan to do, and then dividing it up into a couple of pieces, that you'll work on one at a time. These divisions could be in regard to study techniques (i.e. memorizing, reviewing, reading, etc.), or in regard to time.
But however you decide to do it, the most important this is to remember to give your brain a good break between these blocks of studying.
This is especially helpful when we're trying to cram in as much study as possible before a big or important quiz, because it's a way to get a lot done, but not overwhelm yourself (or your memory) with too much information, too quickly. Plus, it's a great way to be a good steward of your energy, because you're allowing time for intense work, and a good amount of time for necessary rest.
3. Pace, exercise, or move around while studying
This is helpful, not only to get two things done at once, but also because it helps keep you focused. It might be just me, but when I really need to learn something, I have to get up and move around.
Sometimes, but not always, sitting still can be like letting your body distracting your mind (to some extent). If you really want to learn something, one of the best ways to help your brain do that, is to give your body something to do while your brain works - i.e. exercise, pacing, or going on a walk with the audio in your ears.
4. If you're in a slump, and discouraged about studying, put on a smile and a playlist of your favorite songs while you do some simple, light studying (i.e. reading)
Music is a great way to snap you out of slump, frustration, or a bad mood. Purposefully associating studying with some of your favorite songs, will kind of trick your brain into thinking about studying in a different way - in a better, happier, more fun way.
Also, music can be really motivating and encouraging. Picking some really good songs can not only get you out of a slump, but also propel you into an awesome sprint of hard work, and accomplishing a lot of things!
5. Repetition over long periods of time
As admittedly boring repetition can be, it's really the only way to move something from short-term to long-term memory. This hack has to do mostly with memorizing and review, but it can probably go with any kind of studying you apply it to, anyway.
When you're reviewing what you learned (probably the most important part of learning it), it's important to regularly revisit what you committed to memory, or else you'll eventually lose it entirely (which is really frustrating, as I'm sure most of us know :P). When you're learning new material, just try and remember to review the material that's older, and that you may have had down cold in the first few months of the season.
The most common occurrence of failing to apply repetition, was called "chapter one syndrome" by my team back in South Texas as a joke :P. It's when a quizzer knows the first chapter forwards, backwards, and upside down, so they study the new stuff, and leave the first chapter (or first few) un-studied for months on end, until they begin to forget it entirely. In the end, the quizzer will get a really easy question/bonus from chapter one, but will miss it entirely, and we'll say that they've come down with "chapter one syndrome".
Don't do that! Remember to review.
6. Recall at the beginning of your study sessions, to stretch your memory muscles
Honestly, this sucks almost as much as doing cardio before breakfast in the morning - but just like that, it is very effective.
Typically, from what I've experienced and seen in other quizzers, a quizzer will start off by quoting what they've memorized by chapter, or by listening to or reading the material. Then, later, they'll follow up with doing flashcards or the reference tool on QuizMaster, to practice their recall.
However, the recall practice is a lot easier when the material is already fresh on your mind from that same day - it's a lot harder when you haven't thought of the material in 24 hours or so. This stretches your recall/memory muscles, and will really benefit you (especially if you're doing memory or according to's) in a quiz.
7. Drawing/writing pieces of the material out (for visual people)
Learning best from visual/audible aids, I benefit a lot from things like writing the genealogy out on a poster, or looking at a map of Paul's journey's (for Acts), or even writing out lists, verses, and references by hand. Being able to see what you need to learn, especially if it's pretty and color-coordinated (:P), is an awesome and fun way to get it stuck in your brain.
8. Listen to the dramatized audio of the material (for light-studying)
This is an awesome way to learn the material when you're doing other things (like cleaning, in the car, or playing a video game), and it made up about half of my total studying my second year, when I made first in the quiz off at the regional qualifying tournament. Especially during the gospel/Acts years, the dramatized audio CD's are definitely worth getting.
9. Look up different versions of confusing verses/passages, to better understand them
Especially in 1-2 Corinthians, but in other materials too, some parts can be really confusing, and even hurtful or offensive, if we jump to conclusions about the meanings of these verses too quickly (guilty!). But there are a lot of ways that we can go about easily understanding our quiz material, and looking them up in different versions is probably the quickest, simplest way possible.
10. Study in different place, when you study sections for the first time
This is also for visual people, because when I study different sections for the first time, in different rooms/places, I remember the place matched with the section, and it's just another easy alleyway to remembering things in a quiz.
Well that's it for today, fam - I hope you enjoyed this post, and got something out of it that will make your studying more fun and effective!
Until next time my friends, keep quizzing and living victoriously, because you're not only blessed, not only favored, but abundantly blessed, and highly favored. Love you guys!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
How are y'all doing? Corinthians treating you alright so far this year?
I don't know about you, but even this early into the season, I'm already impressed and encouraged by all of the progress I'm seeing in the quizzers around me - both in the competition, and in Godly character.
Today I've got something pretty awesome for you... a Q&A with a (very) experienced according to quizzer, Nathan Bizeau! After the Q&A, I'm going to come back in and wrap up the post with the three top things that I've learned, in my (much less impressive :P) according to experience.
So lets do it!
Question #1: Why have you chosen to specialize in According To's in the past?
A: "Three reasons: (1) doing them makes me more helpful to my team, (2) they are a tremendous asset to me in high-level competition, and (3) According To's are AWESOME, and great fun to do!"
Question #2: Can you describe the most effective review strategy you've found for According To's?
A: "After memorizing a chapter, quoting it backwards, verse by verse (beginning with the last verse in a chapter and working back towards the first) is the review method that I most often use. This helps me to be able to identify each verse individually, without depending on the verses preceding it."
Question #3: What is a good answering strategy for beginners in According To's?
A: "Go through the verse in your head, phrase by phrase, and ask questions so as to cover all the information in the verse. Then go through it again, giving complete answers to your questions. That's the general idea, but you can always experiment with it to find a good answering process that works for you specifically."
Question #4: What is the number one thing that has helped you compete well in According To's?
A: "Jumping on them... at practices, at quiz meets, basically anywhere I can. That way, when it comes time for the end of the quiz season and the highest levels of competition, I don't have to do much differently than I've been doing all season long."
Bonus Question (#5): What is your number one tip for being a captain?
A: "Remember that you're not there to make sure the round goes your way; you're there to help keep the round fair (for your team especially)."
Woah, guys... that's what a ton of great value looks like!
Thank you again, to Nathan, for taking the time to write out all these answers, and for being more than willing to share some of your insight into your question specialty with us!
And I know I have no chance at topping the previous section, but since I already promised, here are the three top things that I learned about doing according to's, in my quizzing career:
Memorizing for according to's is a big job - you're memorizing whole books of the Bible, after all - so do your best to stick to your schedule, but remember that it's okay to allow some healthy deviation from the plan.
Because, let's be honest, rigidly keeping your schedule isn't the funnest thing ever :P.
Exactly like in an actual round, practicing quoting the verses in a completely random order causes your brain to make the jumps between all the different passages and chapters.
I've found that this teaches me how to quickly perform the process of (since I'm a visual person) envisioning the chapter, and finding the page, section, passage, and verse that I'm looking for. When I have practiced like this a good amount before a quiz, I usually always see an improvement in my recall time and accuracy in the actual tournament.
According to's are probably (at least in my opinion) the question type that employs "multiple-ing" the most. Because of that, it's good to know how you can multiple the best.
This can include anything from learning how to talk quickly and enunciate well, to having a strategy of how you will cover the entire verse (like Nathan talked about), to remembering the questions you asked so that you can correctly match them with your answers.
So there you have it! I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that you feel more confident if you are pursuing a question specialty in according to's.
Well, I just got word that my family will be coming to the Olathe invitational next month! I'm looking forward to seeing you all there, and I will be making an effort to speed up my studying between now and then, so that I can compete with all the great quizzers!
Next Monday we will be returning to our new series, "Question Specialty", with part two, and I can't wait. Until then, quiz and live victoriously like the royal son/daughter of the King you are. I love you guys!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
This is the first post in our new 3-part series about question specialty!
In this new post series, we're going to be talking about pretty much everything that goes into this topic, including...
So I really hope that you guys enjoy this series, and that you get a lot of value from it.
By the end of this series, here are my hopes for you:
Are you ready to get into this today? Yeah you are :P Lets do it!
What is "question specialty"?
Question specialty is basically when a quizzer picks a type of question to focus on, and becomes really good at that type. They study for that question, practice jumping on that question, practice answering for that question - and reap huge benefits because of it.
When you commit yourself to spending your quizzing efforts on just one category, it's like condensing energy into a small, laser-like point - it's a lot more powerful. That's why the majority of the quizzing community participates in it.
Question specialty is a HUGE part of team strategy in quizzing. If you're a memory verse technician, and you've advanced in them, then you're giving your team 60 almost guaranteed points per round. 60 points is more than enough to win over even a tough round (most of the time).
For all of the other question types (besides context, situation, and book & chapter, of course) you can even get 80-90 nearly-guaranteed points per round for your team. But I'm getting ahead of myself!
Okay, let's go ahead and move on to the next section, which is why you should have a question specialty, or some of the benefits of having an established question specialty.
The benefits of having a question specialty:
This happens when you have a question specialty, because (like I said earlier) you make a transformation from a flashlight into a laser. If you don't have one, and you're not "moving beyond specialty" but rather just starting out, then you'll have a much harder time advancing in placements.
Since you're now a laser, suddenly your studying sessions are producing a ton more results. Now, just to be clear, there ARE hugely different ways to study for each question type - and we're going to be talking specifically about that in a future post here pretty soon.
But as you spend time in your question type, you'll even discover and develop new ways that you can study and practice for them.
This might seem like the same thing as the last one, but it's really not. What I mean when I say "practice", is your jumping, lipreading, and answering (for the most part). Just like with studying for a specific type of question, all different specialists jump, answer, and employ lipreading differently - whether that be just a little, or polar opposite.
For example, memory quizzers employ lipreading probably more than any other type. But they can't multiple, like all the other question types. General quizzers usually give fewer multiples than according to quizzers, but according to quizzers have to be really careful not to say anything outside the verse, while general quizzers can expand into the surrounding passage.
There are a lot of variables, but each question specialty group has (in my opinion) very nicely tuned the competition to where we are today. Not to say that I don't think that we've arrived at the best it can be ;).
If you focus on one question type, then you'll (eventually) know all of the ins and outs to it. This means that you will have advice and pointers to give other quizzers, so that they can do them better too.
I don't know about you, but I tend to lean towards learning from other people's mistakes, rather than go through the hassle of learning from my own :P. Let other quizzers do that! Try to be generous with the things that you've learned, and sow into the next generation of quizzers - that way, we can ensure that the quizzing world won't disappear in the future.
Think about this: what do all the very best teams have in common? Probably a lot of really committed individuals. Probably a really great coach. Probably a lot of friendship among the members. But what is the really big thing that they all share?
It's the fact that all - or almost all - of their members have a question specialty.
That way, the round's questions are already split up among the four-five team members, and each one has practiced, prepared, and perfected their questions. They know what their job is for the team, and they perform it to the best of their ability.
This is such a huge benefit, and I don't have a ton of room to continue talking about and explaining it. I'd really like to show you some ways that you can practically and purposefully benefit your team through your question specialty anyway, so I made you guys a simple freebie just on this:
This is a cheatsheet you can download (for free) of six easy and practical ways that you can start to put this stuff into action and see some results! I hope you guys like it!
But that is the post for today. Don't forget, this is just the beginning of this series - we're going to be having posts on lots of other awesome stuff, and I can't wait!
Remember guys; you are God's favorite. He is so proud of you. Not because of what you've done, necessarily, but because of who you are. You are highly favored in the Lord, and He loves you so much.
Can't wait to see you guys next week, and this Saturday for the TBQJ Vlog #5! Have an amazing week, overflowing with joy and success! Love you guys.
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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