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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Failure to Recall

What do you do if you find during a review that a child does not remember what he (supposedly) had learned?  I had a student this year that said 80 verses in 2 short months. I was impressed. I knew he was capable of it when he tried. Then we started quizzing and reviewing. He didn't know any of them.

Not one verse could be recalled. We had to start back at square one.
Have the student reread and repeat the passage multiple times. Select larger and larger portions to repeat without looking.

Connect thoughts between words, phrases, clauses and verses by emphasizing the meaning of the thoughts and how they relate to each other. You can do this by asking questions about the verses (who, what, where, when, why, how).

For example, with John 3:16: What did God do? What will we have if we believe in Jesus?  What will not happen to believers? Who died?  Who was sent?  Who sent Jesus? When did this happen?  When will we be saved?  Why was Jesus sent?

Students will not only get a better meaning of the verse, but they will also recall the answers as they are reviewing. This will cause them to remember what comes next as well as the meaning of the verse.

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