Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4
In the Bible, hope can be defined as confident expectation; the assured expectation of good. In a world of hopelessness, isn’t it wonderful that we can find hope the Scriptures? I have been using The Bible Memory App – Bible Memory PRO from BibleMemory.com to help me memorize verses like the one above.
What is Bible Memory PRO?
Bible Memory PRO is an app designed to aid in remembering Bible verses. It uses three different cognitive areas to accomplish this: kinesthetic, visual, and auditory. The techniques used to aid in memorization include the use of flash cards, playback voice recording, picture association, and typing. The app works on any mobile device as well as online, and everything stays in sync.
BibleMemory.com allows verses to be imported from over a dozen different translations, although my preference is always the King James Bible. Individual verses, a section of verses, or an entire chapter can be memorized. Verses can be memorized by reference, as well as through a topical collection that contains over 60 topics and 500 verses in the verse library. The verses or chapters can also be organized into different collections.
Bible Memory Techniques
After a verse is imported, you can start practicing. The Bible Memory App uses a 3 step memory process: Type it, Memorize It, Master It. To become familiar with the verse to be memorized, all words are in view, and you begin by typing the first letter of each word of the verse. The next time, every other word is removed and then revealed when the first letter is typed correctly. If it is incorrect the correct words are still revealed, but will be in red, and will vibrate or beep if incorrect.
After more practice, you will become a “master” of it when you are able to type the first letter with no words visible. This can be customized to type out the entire verse, rather than the first letter, if you prefer. You can then select the review frequency so the verse doesn’t get forgotten after you have mastered it.
Take a look at the brief video to see exactly how that works.
Additional memory techniques are available in Bible Memory PRO. For auditory learners, you can record yourself reciting the verse, or even singing the verse, then play it back. For visual learning, the app enables you to draw a picture to represent a verse. Simply use your finger to draw pictures to visually learn the verses. Last, the use of flash cards within the app are another great way to visually review verses.
Additional Features of Bible Memory App
As you learn verses and chapters of the Bible using BibleMemory.com, you earn points, collect badges, and rank on the leader board. Another fun feature of the app is the ability to form groups. Using Bible Memory PRO I was able to add three other accounts with so we could memorize verses as a family. I called ours the Grace Group. Here we could share verses, post announcements, and messages within our group. There are literally hundreds of group to join as well.
You can even memorize and review verses while reading and studying your Bible, all within the app through the Scripture Memory Bible download. The King James Version is included as it is public domain, and would be the one I would recommend (others are available for a licensing fee). You are able to change the font size, add notes, view cross references, add verses to memorize straight to the app. Pretty nifty!
What we thought of the Bible Memory App
The Bible Memory App is an undoubtedly fantastic tool to use to memorize Scripture. I like how it uses a variety of ways to support several different types of learning. It’s a very well-though out app; however, I promised to share my honest opinion. I can’t say I loved it. This is really one of those, “it’s not you, it’s me” kind of things. I am not the most techie person, and I tend to do things the hard way. I never utilize the awesome features on my smartphone, I prefer paper shopping lists, I use a clothesline, and yes, I use index cards to memorize Bible verses. Does that mean I’ll never use this app again? Absolutely not. I will keep at it, because I certainly see the potential, and who knows – I may enjoy the techie side of life one day.
What about my two teenagers who used the Bible Memory App with me? Well, they’re kind of like me. My daughter’s preferred way of memorizing is writing it over and over – with each hand! My 16 year old son really doesn’t use the phone much either. They both agreed that when forming the group, it seemed a little glitchy at first. They also agreed that the app seemed a little outdated. I don’t know if I’d agree, but that’s what they said. We will continue to use it, as I have to admit, I have managed to learn a couple of verses using the app, and I like how you can frequently check yourself as time goes on.
Several other families on the Review Crew used The Bible Memory App from BibleMemory.com. Click the banner below to see what they thought of it! You’ll probably find I’m the only oddball.