"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

The Value of Review

When I lead a study on a book of the Bible, I like to pick certain points and concepts to make sure that people have some good long-term takeaways. Things that stick with them for years to come. With some people, this is accomplished more easily than others. Luckily, there is a great way to ensure this happens.  Review

If there is something that you want to make sure people in your group remember, at the beginning of your teaching time, take a few minutes to review what you covered the last week and a few more to cover the big picture takeaways. 5-7 minutes per week on average will increase retention significantly. I like to ask questions and let them answer them. It also helps if you try to not let the same few people answer all of the questions. I’ve even gone so far as to tell someone who doesn’t talk a lot that ‘I’m going to ask you about that next week’. It’s a casual way to make it easy for them to participate. 

Review helps in several ways:

1. It allows you to reinforce certain points ensuring that the basics are drilled in.

2. If there is residual discussion to be had, it gives a natural way for that to come out.

3. If someone misses, it gives them a chance to get caught up.

If you’re not reviewing now, try it with your next study and you’ll be amazed at how much better people will remember discussions or points. It will add a few minutes to your preparation, but is worth every minute in terms of retention!


July 4, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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