It’s been a long time since I had to memorize lots of text. It requires a system. A process.
For 10 years I was in Bible Quizzing. I think back to the memorization we were asked to do, and it’s hard to imagine now. That first year, as an 8-year-old, I had to memorize entire chapters of the Bible – a good portion of the book of John, as a matter of fact – word for word. We had to know where each verse was located, and we had to be able to access and quote them quickly.
Here’s a photo taken fairly late in my quizzing career.
Bible Quizzing is not for everyone. It takes a lot of commitment, and it is a heavy load to add to school work. But, I learned a lot of valuable skills from quizzing, and it helped me tranform from a shy little kid into someone confident enough to speak in front of hundreds of people. To this day, I am still unusually comfortable speaking in front of an audience.
I also learned a process for memorization. I learned about short-term vs long-term memory. And now it’s time to apply that process to memorizing the 100+ lines I have in this year’s drama.
Let’s hope I’m not too rusty.