Memory work

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by blacksmith83, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. blacksmith83

    blacksmith83 Registered User

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    Brothers, i was wondering if you could give abit insight for me. I'm working on the memory work to be raised to f.c. How important is it to get the lines word for word perfect? Obviously i want to nail it 100%, but in the chance i stumble on words and forget something; will it be counted against me? The only reason i ask here instead of a fellow lodge member is because i dont want to be seen as a guy trying to squeeze by on the least effort. I'm sure fellow lodge members wouldn't hesitate to answer, but im cautious like that lol

    Much thanks,
    Lee
     
  2. crono782

    crono782 Premium Member

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    They aren't going to vote you down if you miss a few words or need a prompt or two or three. Of course you should strive for perfection, but if you're not 100%, you won't be "failed". Also a correction if I may: the term for FC is being "passed". Raised is in regards to MM. You will understand why when you get there.
     
  3. blacksmith83

    blacksmith83 Registered User

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    My apologies, thanks for the correction and thanks for the quick reply
     
  4. nixxon2000

    nixxon2000 Premium Member

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    I agree with crono i was prompted a bit during my EA exam. We have all done it and no one is perfect. Just relax and take it slow. I do horrible in front of people. You will do it and everything will be fine.
     
  5. blacksmith83

    blacksmith83 Registered User

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    Thanks for the support
     
  6. phulseapple

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    Here in NY anyway, you must make suitable proficiency. As long as you show that you understand the concepts, you will be fine. Word for word rote memorization will come with practice and attending more degrees.
     
  7. Brother_Steve

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    Practice upstairs with your coach when you can to have visual queues. It will help with recall.

    Come up with a signal so that your coach will know when you need a word without standing there in an awkward silence.

    Every Brother you sit in Lodge with did exactly what you are doing. Had the same concerns you are having and was probably just as afraid to ask questions.

    Do not worry yourself to death. Yes it is an examination however it is not a "You vs. The Entire Lodge." They want to see you succeed. If they wanted to see you fail then they don't know what Freemasonry is about.
     
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  8. photo205

    photo205 Registered User

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    You will be ok
     
  9. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Word for word is not required, the brothers just want to be sure that you have learned the work properly.
     
  10. Bro. Staton

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    When you do yours find a spot to look at one the wall and focus in on that spot while your doing your memory work. This will help you overcome some of your fear and allow you to not become distracted. If you stumble on something quickly correct what is wrong and continue forward. If you feel that you can do a much better job after you are done simply request to do it over just so it's clear to everyone you know it and feel comfortable repeating it. I did mines in that manner during my EA simply because I was not happy with the way I said it so I requested to say it over and actually nailed it the 2nd time and that shows the craft you know it and was simply nervous the 1st time. However, you will do well and as the others have said missing a word or so will not hurt you.
     
  11. rpbrown

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    Although you should strive to be perfect, suitable is in the eyes of the brethren that are attending that night. I would say don't worry about it. Prompting will always be a part of this ritual
     
  12. cemab4y

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    No one expects you to be a human tape recorder. The important task, is that you understand the material. Some men "freeze" in front of the group, and need some help. Please relax, and focus on the material, and try to forget about the group watching.
     
  13. bezobrazan

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    You'll be fine, just take a deep breath & keep your eyes on the guy asking all the questions.
     

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