Memorizing and Studying

This is a tough one as no two people memorize the same way.

So my advice is this: memorize and study in as many different ways as possible. Read the material to yourself, read the material aloud to yourself, read the material to someone else, explain the material to someone else, read the material aloud dramatically, write the material, find a CD of the material and listen to it, use mnemonics, color code your material, snap on key words, quote verse-by-verse backwards, create lists on the material, quiz other people, listen to other people quote, do a bible study on the material, etc. The more ways you engage with the material, the deeper your level of understanding and retention will be. And the more rewarding it will be!

Oh, and memorize the references. They enhance your knowledge of the material to another level. Also, you become proficient at QT and CVR questions, some of the safest questions to target.

Memorization Instructional Documents

Creating Lists

Lists are only necessary for the better quizzers, but for those quizzers they are an integral way to gain an edge over your competition.

As you become familiar with the material, question types and how quizmasters write questions, you will be able to write your own.

It's best to type them into some spreadsheet/database so you can sort by by question beginning, chapter and verse and question type. This will enable you to know what words and phrases are similar and which are unique. You can take this as far as you want, by finding specialty questions that only occur once in a chapter, or similar beginning questions that are within context of each other.

These lists can enable you to prepare for a meet and strategize jumping strategies by knowing:

Document on Writing Lists


No quizzer, no matter how good their memorizing ability is, can memorize something once and expect it to be there the next time they need to access it. Reviewing the material is crucial for continued knowledge of the material at a high level. Constant and dedicated review can be a huge differentiator between you and other quizzers. I observe many quizzers who will memorize however much material they want to memorize (a few verses, key verses, all verses, etc) and once they have it down, don't come back and review. Review will help you expose problem areas and will increase your overall comfort level with the material.

So try:

Also, try to finish your memorizing about a week before each quiz meet, and use that last week to just review. You'll know the material way better for the meet! (and years later the verses will jump to mind much'll never know when you need them!)

Similar Words and Phrases

Quizzing Errors usually fall into one of three buckets:

I want to discuss the third point, as it affects quizzers of all knowledge levels, and is a quite frustrating error for a quizzer to make.

Often times a quizzer will jump on unique material (e.g. Heb 5:5 "so Christ also.."), but will recall similar material, (e.g. 9:28 "so Christ was.."). Another example would be: (Heb 5:1 "Every high priest is selected" and Heb 8:3 "Every high priest is appointed"). Or you could have two wildly similar passages, but vaguely different: (Heb 8:10 and 10:16). In all three cases it is very easy to mistakenly recall the incorrect passage, resulting in an error. The method for eliminating these errors is twofold: