Bible Bee 2015 Study Tips

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A couple of weeks we asked you to share your Bible Bee tips with us.  We kept the tips under wraps, but now, with just one week 'til test day, we wanted to share them with you.


  1. I like to read the passage/book we're studying for Bible Bee in different versions. This helps you be able to identify words that might be slightly different depending on the translation. (Kaitlyn)
  2. Use Bible Gateway.  If you go here, you can see John 1 in all four Bible Bee versions.  I have found this very helpful for writing practice tests. (Anna)
  3. Know the meaning of John 1-6, not just the words.  This will help you on the test, but more importantly this will help you apply these verses in your day-to-day life. (Joy)
  4. I highly recommend memorizing John 1-6 since that's very helpful for the test!  I memorize it verse by verse but I don't think that's exactly necessary as long as you have a good idea of what each verse talks about. (Bella)
  5. Highlight your Study Guide (you can see a separate post on that here). This is very helpful, and you can go back through your SG later and review the parts that are highlighted. (Anna)
  6. Know the key verses in each chapter of John 1-6. (Thomas)
  7. Learn how to use Blue Letter Bible.  This was nice in previous years; now it's essential.  If you're not a "tech-y" person, there's a Blue Letter Bible in Five Minutes video that's very helpful. (Joy)
  8. I've also found it helpful to make lists of Greek words, context of memory passages, cross references, etc. (Kaitlyn)
  9. Write questions on John, the memory verses and their context, and on the cross-references. (George)
  10. Review your Study Guide. If you are a speed reader (like me) then you will need to review your SG several times. By reviewing, I don't mean erasing your SG and starting all over again; I just mean reading through it. This is something that I have done the past two years and it has helped me a LOT. (Anna)
  11. Take as many practice tests as you can!  Quizlet has some great sets (search "Bible Bee 2015") and Memverse also runs weekly quizzes (click here for the link to the Bible Bee tests). (Joy)
  12. One of my favorite study methods is summarizing.  I know, it's such a simple thing, but writing a good summary actually takes lots of thought and really helps you understand something.  Now for me personally, I like to make my summaries longer than just one sentence.  However much it takes to get the key points and meaning out of a passage.  How deep you want to go is up to you, but remember that the basic goal of making a summary is to extract the important information from a passage.  So what should you use summaries for?  Well practically everything!  They work especially well though with cross-references, and I highly highly recommend summarizing each CF/CR.  If you summarize as much as possible, everything will come a lot easier and you'll remember more! (Everett)
  13. Study in the car. Of course, not everyone can (or should) do this. If you get car sick easily, then it's probably not a good idea for you to do it. I studied in the car a lot last year, and it gave me a lot more study time. Obviously, don't try to do your Study Guide and drive at the same time! (Anna)
  14. My go-to commentary site is Bible Hub.  Not only does it have many great commentaries, but it also has cross-references, multiple translations, maps, dictionaries, timelines, and more! (Joy)
  15. Know what you're going to do before you get on the internet. Although it's okay to occasionally get on the computer and just study whatever you see, it's a good idea to have a plan. For example, you could decide that you were going to study Hebrew and Greek, and then go study it. What's not good is getting on the internet for no real purpose. You will not be very productive if you do. (Anna)
  16. Making Greek flash cards is fun and making up a card game for the CR is something I'm working on now! (Bella)
  17. I like to play a Greek version of memory (featured on Sweeter Than Honey here).  This gives me a much-needed study break and also helps cement the words into my brain. (Joy)
  18. When you're memorizing verses, write down the first letter of each word and then go back and try to guess what the words are. (Samuel)
  19. Walk around while you say verses. I'm not sure why this helps me, but it does. So you might want to give it a try :). (Anna)
  20. Post your memory verses around the house so that they're always before your eyes.  We simply stick the cards in sandwich bags and tape them on the bathroom mirror, in the kitchen, on the washing machine, etc.  One year, someone decided to tape a card next to the van's rear view mirror, but I don't recommend that. (Joy)
  21. I recommend knowing memory verse context really well on the test!  This really helped me last year! (Bella)
  22. When you're memorizing passages it can be easy to just try to get the words in your head without thinking about them, but this isn't always helpful in the written test (or for your application of the verses). In the test they often ask questions without even giving the reference to the passage; they just expect you to know the answer from all your time in God's Word. You may be able to recite each cross-reference word perfect but it won't do you any good in this case. Try to understand Scripture! (Delie)
  23. For memory verses, don't forget to review consistently! Separating your verses into categories such as "know well", "close", and "working on" will really help you focus on perfecting your "trouble" passages. (Kaitlyn)
  24. Use Scripture Typer.  It is a useful tool to use for reviewing verses. I would recommend memorizing the verse before you put them on Scripture Typer. Scripture Typer is also a great website to meet other "biblebee-ers" on (this group is memorizing the local verses and John 1-6). Note: It is somewhat addictive, so setting a time limit for yourself is good. (Anna)
  25. Don't waste too much time trying to make someone else's method work for you.  If what you're doing doesn't work for you, move on and try something else. (Delie)
  26. Pray!  Pray very hard and trust it all to God.  All of the studying is worth it to know Jesus more.  Keep your eyes on Him and you can't go wrong. (Bella)

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to share their tips...only a week to go!

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  1. Thanks so much for compiling this, Joy! There were definitely some tips I hadn't thought of before! ~Kaitlyn R.


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