If I were to ask all the quizzers who experienced the infamous burnout what happened, I imagine the majority of them would say either, “I don’t have the time anymore!” or, “I got bored.” If you really want to be involved in this program and excel in it, then you need to do something about this burnout. There’s only so much your coach can do for you!
1. Change your study technique
If you’ve been reading the scripture every day straight through, maybe try the double-repetition technique. Or learn a few short memory verses. Get a family member or ask yourself some questions. Listen to the passage while reading it. Just do something different.
When one of my teammates told my dad about his lack of motivation to study, my dad suggested that he should deny himself some of his favorite things until he met his study goal. He should say to himself, “I will not eat this candy bar unless I study for 15 minutes straight. And if I don’t, I have to give it to my brother.” This, of course, inspired him study. (I’d like to imagine it was because he wanted the chocolate, but I don’t think that’s the whole story.) So tell yourself that you will not watch the new episode of your favorite show or play Halo until you finish studying. If you fail you must try again tomorrow and watch your sibling eat your candy.
There is a fun quiz every October in Louisville, KY where any church can go and - trust me - it’s a blast. Plus you get to stay in a hotel. And that’s one of the reasons you quiz, right?
But if it’s too late for that, contact a nearby district and ask if your team can join the next quiz. More than likely, they will be willing to accept you. Or spend the weekend at someone’s house and play some fun quizzing games.
That has stuck with me since then and I’ve applied it to pretty much everything. I started volleyball so I could meet new people since I had just moved to the area. I started quizzing because I saw how much fun the teenagers I admired were having and I wanted to join in the fun.
Maybe you started because you saw a video or heard a friend talk about it. Or maybe your mom talked you into it – or bribed you. Or maybe it was because the cute girl from the church across town quizzed. Whatever it was, relive the moment that made you decide to quiz. Watch the video, talk to your friend. Ask your parents why they thought it was important that you do this. Find the inspiration. Find the spark. Do everything you can to keep from missing a quiz meet. And keep studying!
Danae is mid-season into her fourth year of Teen Bible Quizzing and is extremely excited to be going to the St. Louis Invitational Tournament again this year. She has quizzed on the Mississippi and Louisiana districts and has represented each of them as a member of their Regional All-Star teams. She enjoys playing volleyball, loves being home-schooled, and once filmed a movie scene with Tom Hiddleston.