“Silly 7″ Study Strategies

How are numbers silly, you might ask? Actually they’re not, but we can have fun with them to learn new things if we try. Numbers are one of the true “things” in life – a 3 will always be a 3. It will always mean three. I will never be 4 or 6. You can count on numbers to mean what they say and say what they mean, so to speak. Numbers are concrete, have specific value, and have repeatable patterns for manipulation, and yet they can be used in the abstract (think Algebra) or symbolically such as in Biblical texts.

For instance, the number 3 in the Bible is known by scholars to be the Biblical number for God. This comes from the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The number 7 is the Biblical number for perfect completion and fullness, as in the perfect cycle for events as seen in the creation of the world. There are numerous Bible study tools that will take you through the numbers of the Bible and their relevance, but let’s talk just about “7” for awhile.

The number 7 is a perfect number in many ways. Did you know that the human brain is wired in such a way as to be able to learn in sets of seven fairly easily? Believe it or not, that is the source of the seven-digit phone number that we all learn for our family and friends. If you have been around for awhile, like me, you will know that you didn’t always have to dial the area codes with the real number. Phone numbers were in sets of seven digits because they were easy to remember that way. It wasn’t until our population grew to the point that the numbering system needed to include larger number possibilities that the area codes were added, but originally, “7” was the perfect number because it worked for everyone.

It’s perfect for studying too! Try the Silly 7-Rule for yourself. The next time you are studying something important, for a test for example, keep the information in sets of seven. Write out the terms or facts on flash cards, and then group them in batches of seven. Work through each batch for seven minutes, and then put it away. Spread out the batches over seven study sessions each day. Depending on how many facts you need to learn or manipulate, you may end up repeating some of the bundles throughout the day, or you may need to work through more than one bundle each 7-minute session, but be sure to rotate through all of your flash cards at least once per day in the seven study sessions each day. Do this for seven days, and you will be surprised at how effortlessly you have learned the new content.

There is no “magic” to this. It’s just how our brains are wired by God. Biblical studies will bear this out – seven is a perfect number. Learn to love “7” in your life, and especially learn to love “7” in your studies! It will make a world of difference in your learning, and your brain will love you for it, too!


Mrs. Camille Rodriquez is a wife and mother, with experience as a pastor’s wife for more than a decade and as a homeschool mom for almost 20 years. Visit her website at National Homeschool Academy.

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