Awana students are being encouraged to learn scripture for many good reasons. Remembering God’s word strengthens our faith, shapes the way we view the world, helps us overcome temptation, and helps us detect wrongful thinking in the world, and opens a direct line of communication from God to us. Here are some interesting facts about the how the brain works, and how we can apply them to how we learn scripture.
“Theoretically, learning is the capability of modifying information already stored in memory based on new input or experiences.”
Translation: It’s nearly impossible to understand the quadratic equation if you haven’t first received some prior knowledge of pre- algebra. To fully understand God’s message through the Bible we should value the entirety of it, not just certain selections.
“Iconic memories of visual information have a duration of 0.3 seconds, while echoic memories of auditory information will last about four to five seconds.”
Translation: Hearing or saying scripture out loud helps you memo- rize a lot more than just reading it silently.
“Also, it is said that the brain remembers better when you picture a word meaning rather than just the printed word.”
Application: So when you recite a verse picture the imagery in that text and not just the words alone. Try it, with this verse. Isaiah 40:31 says “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
“The stronger the emotions connected to an experience, the stronger the sub- sequent memory.”
Application: So ask yourself, “How can I increase my emotions while reading scripture?” I would suggest beginning with an earnest and humble plea to God for guidance. You’ve already increased your emotions by humbly getting serious about an encounter with an almighty God. Second, I would put yourself in an environment free from distractions to maximize your focus on what you’re reading.
“Learning experiences become more memorable when social-emotional memo- ries are part of the learning event, - which is why cooperative learning is such a powerful memory-enhancer in schools.”
Application: Find a partner to memorize scripture with. Get in- volved in a small group at church where the scriptures are prioritized. Challenge a few friends to join you in reading the Bible daily. Use the connection tools on the Bible app on your phone, or meet to- gether in person.
Quotes taken from brainworldmagazine.com