First degree question on study materials??

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by mack1389, May 22, 2014.

  1. mack1389

    mack1389 Registered User

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    I just went through my apprenticeship!!!! I am very excited to begin however I have a question???I received my first degree catechism booklet & entered apprentice guidebook, does anyone know if there is any audio, mp3, etc to help with the memorization? I drive a lot & thought this would be helpful with my studies.

    I look forward to any assistance.
    Brother Scott


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  2. crono782

    crono782 Premium Member

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    We don't use any materials here, but I would wager a guess that there are no audio accompaniments. If you need audio, say it aloud to yourself, lol.
     
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  3. RyanC

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    Call one of your new Brothers at your lodge, I'm sure anyone of they will help you. More importantly it will show how committed you are. I would start with the person how is running education for the degrees.
     
  4. Pscyclepath

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    Depends on your jurisdiction. Remember your obligation... Here in AR, the only part of the EA work "proper to be written" is the description of the working tools. All else is mouth-to-ear. It's best to get with a good lecturer or instructor and learn the work that way.
     
  5. ajmyrick

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    @mack, by no means is the material you were given a secret but we also don't want it being readily available to someone who can just open the book and start reading. That being said on the night of your initiation you should have been assigned a mentor for two reasons. The first is to study the material "mouth to ear" or him speaking it and you repeating and using the book as a memory prompt only. The second being to gain a lasting relationship with your mentor and gaining more friends in the lodge, you will understand in your next degree that any brother in lodge will be just as willing to teach as you are to learn. I would not suggest even looking for a audio file because you will miss out on gaining a relationship with your mentor, also there is no rush to "get through" your degrees, take your time and enjoy it (I'm the old days you had to be an EA for seven years before you could get your FC). Remember have fun and good luck on this journey!!!


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  6. rebis

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    Congrats brother!
    Remember your obligation...
    You shall not write, indite, print, cut carve, hack...etc.

    I know exactly what mean though.
    Wait until there is another first degree initiation and make sure to take time and attend. You can also attend 1st degree practices.
    Work often with your coach and ask him questions...but keep in mind, since you're only an EA his answers might not always satisfy. Put in the time, do the work and as you move on through the degrees things will become clearer.

    Cheers!


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  7. BroBook

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    E.A. is a time to gather useful information !


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  8. MoonlightMadness357

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    Cabletow is the best audio playback i can tell you of if you don't have a cabletow i'm sure a brother further along in his travels will be glad to assist you
     
  9. nixxon2000

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    I bet I'm going to get some flack for this but.... If you go to Walmart or best buy you can get a USB mic and headset that will allow you to make your own MP3.

    When I first started I did the same thing and listened to it in my car on my hour drive to and from work.

    As the obligation say. We will not write print paint stamp .....

    But I also kept it to myself and erased it when I was done.




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  10. Levelhead

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    Burning to a cd is considered Engraving. Its carved and cut onto the cd. Remember your obligations brother.
    And if someone got hold of that cd TSOFMWBUO.
     
  11. nixxon2000

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    Well to be specific it's not on any form of removable media. It was on my encrypted, biometricly, smart card controlled computer. They'd have better luck deciphering my study work book than getting my file.

    Since the work book is printed and encoded. If some one digitally recorded and encoded it there should be no issue.

    What's more concerning are those mm that posted it online unencrypted for anyone to see. But that's another topic.





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  12. Warrior1256

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    That's the way that I did it.....over and over and over and over.......
     
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  13. Willys

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    The key here is that you drive a lot.... If you know only the first answer to the first question you can practice that while driving. Establish rhythm, volume, voice control, mastery. After you've convinced yourself you know that well enough then learn Q/A#2. Then practice both, everyday, while driving. Repeat w/#1,2,3, #1,2,3,4, etc. If everyday you achieve a convincing result then call your mentor and ask for the next QA. Follow suit. Repeat. You'll be impressed, as will your Brethren.

    You don't have to know the whole thing, all at once, immediately. One step at a time, one day at a time. Or two, whatever works best for you. Then after 60 days, or 30... whatever works best for you, you'll be ready to prove yourself.
     
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  14. DJGurkins

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    I am a truck driver so I drive ALOT. I would visit my mentor and learn 2 or three questions, then I would practice it when driving and before bed. When I got caught on a word I would call my mentor and give him three words and he would give me one or two in return and that would be enough to keep me from learning it wrong.
    I hope this helps.
     
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  15. J S

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    Mack 1389, whether covered by the obligation or not, the way masons have learned this for over 200 years is by passing it down from coach to EA verbally. We are all working people with limited time. That is no excuse. I learned just recently and did it all verbally with my coach, then repeated it in my head over and over as I drove to work an hour and an hour or more home. We tweaked what I remembered incorrectly in each study session. I will be much more proud of my accomplishment than if I recorded it and played it back. I want to learn the way my brothers have for centuries. It is a matter of principle that lives within many brothers I know. Keep your journey and what it signifies in mind.
     
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    I hate to say it, but seeing as this was a 2 year old topic!!! He's probably been raised by now...
     
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  17. Warrior1256

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    I did the same thing.
     
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    Actually it depends on your jurisdiction, it is not any landmark of freemasonry that I have ever heard that you had to learn it mouth to ear. I have heard of jurisdictions that give you a cypher to learn.
     
  19. Ripcord22A

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    both my jurisdicitons use ciphers. even though there is no "landmark" on it there is the whole ....not write indcite cut carve ect ect part of the EA.
     
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    MRichard Mark A. Ri'chard Premium Member

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    Whereby ... is an important element in there as well. Cyphers don't violate the obligations.
     
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