Day 3: Set up Scripture Typer {Tools for memorizing}

You are on Day 3 of my 31 Days Series: “Tools to Memorize a Bible Chapter.”

TO DO

1. Sign up for Scripture Typer

This is optional, of course. But it’s a fantastic (and free!) review method on the web. It’s a tremendous help to many of us with Hide His Word. (It’s also available for your smartphone and other devices—check to see whether or not those are free.)

How it works: You select the individual verses or complete chapter you want to memorize (or use a collection already set up) in any translation. Then one verse at a time, you practice on three levels: (1) Type in the verse as you look at it, (2) Type in the verse when given every other word, (3) Type in the verse straight from memory.

Watch this short video to see for yourself.

I use Scripture typer several times a week to learn new verses and to review older ones. I’ll be recommending its use throughout our 31 days to help us learn our verses.

2. Join the group

If you do sign up, you can join our Do Not Depart group on Scripture Typer so you’ll have immediate access to our Isaiah 12 collection (and our other collections), either in the English Standard Version or your favorite translation.

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You can do many more things with Scripture Typer, including printing your own verse cards. Adjust your account settings to set up review reminders, measure your progress (by speed, by accuracy, by first letters only), with or without verse references, with or without punctuation, etc.

Here are my settings (except I alternate between speed and accuracy, depending on how clumsy my fingers feel):

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3. EXTRA: Record audio

Record yourself reading the whole chapter aloud. (I use “Voice Memos” on my iPhone.) Then listen to it often during the month (and afterwards for review) to familiarize yourself with the cadence of the chapter.

Or listen often to an audio Bible version, like here at Bible Gateway. (I love Max McLean’s voice.)

TODAY’S TIPS

* Involve as many senses as possible.
Prepare resources that you will see and hear, and if possible, touch. I don’t know a way to smell or taste, but maybe you can get creative. 🙂

* Use accountability for extra motivation.
Announce to a a friend or family member that you’re doing this, and ask them to periodically ask you about it. Or with Scripture Typer, earn reward “badges” for the number of verses you learn.

FINAL WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT

While preparing resources ahead of time is beneficial—do what you can because it’s helpful—don’t wait until you have everything “ready” before you start memorizing. You don’t have to have anything to start memorizing. Don’t let perfectionism keep you from beginning. If you’re ready to memorize, go! Resources are only aids, not the main thing. The main thing is the God behind the words, not even the words themselves.

LINKS

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Have you used Scripture Typer before? Any questions about it, if you haven’t? Please share in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Day 3: Set up Scripture Typer {Tools for memorizing}

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      So glad you want to join, June! We’re blessed to have you. Scripture Typer really is an amazing tool. I’ve used it for a few years now, and it has helped me more than I can say. (If I could get commission on how many times I recommend it….ha)

  1. blankDavid

    Dear Lisa

    This is a brilliant series – very encouraging and practical. … maybe I could start early on a Psalm or two …

    I like your “record audio” idea (although my own voice is quite dreary).

    Re taste and smell: use that mnemonic idea where you mentally walk round your house, but include the kitchen and garden.

    David

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I’m so glad you’re finding this of value! I do hope that it’ll continue to be helpful, with whatever verses anyone is learning.

      I’m not crazy about hearing my own voice either. But it is helpful, nonetheless. 🙂 I’d much rather hear Max McLean, given the choice.

      Nice ideas for smell and taste! I do believe that would work.

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