Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
After we bought an iPad in December, I asked Esther if she knew of any good Bible memory apps that I could use with it that would help me with memorising scripture. For many years I’ve been working on memorising large portions of the Bible, but I’ve been frustrated with how hard it is to actually learn them. I have been just using my Bible, running a card down the page to cover up what’s coming next and trying to recall the passages and recite them that way. However, when you can read nearly an entire verse a glance the way I can, it is too easy to just read the passage instead of reciting it. I wanted an app that would help me to learn the words of the Bible. She found me one, and while it had some fun games it didn’t really do what I wanted. Then, I was given the opportunity to try out a subscription to The Bible Memory App–Bible Memory PRO from BibleMemory.com. I jumped at the chance. I’ve been using it now for about six weeks and I am impressed.
It took me a week or two to really learn how to use Bible Memory PRO, and at first I wasn’t sure I liked it. It didn’t have the fun games that the other program had, and there were a few facets of the program I had a little trouble wrapping my head around. However, the more I have used it the more I like it. Setting up an account was the first step. With a Pro account four different people can have their own account. For this review I was allowed a few more than that. Esther and Elijah and I all signed up and so did Mr. Sweetie and Mr. Imagination. You have the choice when adding verses to add single verses or entire chapters. Each verse or chapter can be put into a collection. The collections make it easy to find what you need, although it took me a couple of weeks to figure out how I wanted to organise my collections. It’s very easy to change the names of collections, or even move chapters from one collection to another. Each chapter becomes a sub collection of its own.
After adding a chapter it’s time to learn the verses. You learn one verse at a time. First read the verse, then type the first letter of each word. Do that twice, or more often if you did not get 90% of the words correct. The first two times through you can see some of the words flickering on and off which gives hints to what all the words are. After those two times through you have to type the first letter of each word without seeing any of them to test your memorisation. You also have to remember the reference. If you got 90% accuracy you are considered to have memorised that verse and are ready to move on. I like to learn one verse a day from the passage I’m currently working on.
Each day you are told you need to review certain verses. The program pays attention to how well you know the verse when you review it, and decides from that how often you need to review it. If you did not get 90% of the words correct it suggests that you swipe the verse off the screen and redo it. I like to use the setting to combine all verses needing review which shows me the text of the verses that the program doesn’t think I need to review that day and leaves blanks for the ones that need to be reviewed. You can also choose to review the entire chapter in one go, or you can review individual verses – whatever works for you.
There are two other options for reviewing verses besides typing the first letter of each word, but I have not used them. One is flashcards; I just looked at it but I could not see how it was supposed to work. The other is drawings; I am guessing that you may need an Apple pencil to draw on an iPad and I do not have that. Like I said, this program does not have a lot of fun games for reviewing verses, but it is very effective. I am remembering the chapters I’m trying to memorise much better than I was before. Esther said it is helping her to learn better as well. Elijah quit using it soon after he started. He didn’t feel like it was the right program for him. Mr. Sweetie and Mr. Imagination used it for a short time, but they are not fast enough at typing for it to work very well for them. If you don’t know the keyboard very well, you lose too much time hunting for the correct keys. I may try them with it again sometime in the future. And speaking of finding the keys one thing I appreciate is that if you hit any key that touches the correct one it counts it to be correct. Since I’m using it by tapping the on-screen keyboard, with usually just my index fingers, it’s very easy, when going fast, to hit a nearby key instead of the one I want. Of course, that also means that if the correct word is different from what I thought it was but begins with a letter very close on the keyboard to the one I was trying to hit the program thinks I know the verse better than I actually do.
Bible Memory PRO can be used on any device. Esther and Elijah have used it on their iPhones. I am using it on my iPad. It can also be used on a computer or an Android device. As long as the device is connected to the Internet it syncs with wherever it was used last. Overall I am very impressed with this program and I intend to keep using it. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to review Bible Memory PRO because it has given me the tool I really needed to memorise scripture more easily. Click on the image below and have a look at other families’ experiences with the program.