I use AnkiDroid as a supplement for Scripture memorization. It's a flash card learning method so it's useful for reviewing verses.
One of my favorite things about this site is that it shows your memorization "streak", which is a lovely way of keeping a person accountable to review every day and add a new verse now and then, as well as a "reward" as a person continues their "streak" of continuous days.
Something that I find helpful to memorization is the use of other apps as aids for certain verses. For example, trying to memorize a long verse with a list of items in it can get interesting in trying to remember the items in order, like Habakkuk 3:17 or Isaiah 61:1. So I use Verses - Bible memory by Verses, Ltd. Co. as that has a system of breaking a verse into sections for easier memorizing of which section fits where in the verse.
Also, The Bible Memory App by Millenial Apps, LLC allows for constant review of verses if a person wants to do so. I find it a good way to review while waiting for an appointment or whatever.
Thanks for all this excellent advice.
Well said!!!It reminded me of this quote from Warren Wiersbe “Outlook determines outcome; attitude determines action.”
When you hit these times, close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Take a moment to thank God for his word and the ability that he’s given you to memorize it. Take as long as you need but do not give up. When you start again, break the sentence down into smaller parts. Repeat the first part five times, then close your eyes and do it again from memory. Read that part and then the next part together, and repeat the process. Finish that verse, and then quit for the day. Say out loud, “I will not be derailed by one bad session, and I will be back here tomorrow to do it again!” Then get up and do something fun to reward yourself for your perseverance.
Whenever you are faced with a difficult situation in life, you will hear two different voices in your head. The first voice will say, “You can’t do this,” and the second voice will say, “You can do this.” Whichever voice you listen to is the one who wins. Do not let the negative voice win. Remind yourself that the Creator of both the Word you are memorizing and the mind you are doing it with dwells within you through the Holy Spirit.
There are going to be times where you want to give up. You will come along a verse or a passage and regardless of how many times you try to remember it, it just will not stick. It is perfectly natural to want to stop during these times. Do not do this! The first time you quit is hard, but it gets easier every time after that.
On the other hand, those early wins may motivate you to push up the number of verses you memorize each day. While it is natural to channel this excitement into adding more verses, you should instead temper that excitement by understanding that you are in this for the long haul. After all, the more verses you add, the more verses you will have to practice in the days ahead. If you are not careful, you can easily burn yourself out as the reviews start to pile up on you quickly. Instead, just be patient and trust the website’s system. Try to limit yourself to at most one to two verses a day as you begin so you can get comfortable with how the website does things. If you are looking for other things to maintain your excitement, you can practice your verses on your user progress page. Other tips will be provided here as they become available.
As you begin, find a verse or a set of verses to which you are drawn. Perhaps they can even be verses that you know reasonably well already. Try not to pick anything too long or too complex in the beginning. For example, some users may want to jump straight into the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and if that is a selection that motivates you, I say go for it. But you may be better served by picking something smaller and more encouraging, such as Psalm 23. In the beginning, shorter, easily memorized passages are important because they will generate early wins that are self-motivating. Indeed, the first time you memorize a passage and retain it when you login the next day is an exhilarating experience.
It is likewise vital to be realistic about your Bible memorization goals. You will find out very quickly that anyone can memorize one verse a day with minimal effort as long as you are consistent at it. But to memorize the New Testament in five years (at five verses a day), for example, will require a commitment of two to four hours a day. Perhaps as you begin, you do not have a specific goal in mind. That is great too. All exposure to Scripture will reap great internal rewards. Indeed, the Word itself will draw you closer to God through spiritual inertia alone.
Before beginning, it is important to recognize the internal motivations that are pushing you to memorize the Bible. Indeed, there are many valid reasons for wanting to learn the Bible. Perhaps you are a pastor wanting to be able to add Scripture references to your sermons. Maybe you are a stay-at-home parent with older kids who now has extra time on your hands. Some may be struggling with addiction and hope to find relief in the words of Christ. Still others may want to impress their friends with their knowledge of the Bible during trivia contests. Regardless of your reason, it is important to identify them because they will influence the decisions that you make and how far you go in your Bible memorization journey.