It Can’t Hurt to Ask— or Can it?

You’ve often heard, There’s no harm in asking, but you probably know from experience that asking the wrong question to the wrong person at the wrong time can bring on a cranky reaction! Your brain is also fussy about what kind of questions you should be asking it, and learning psychologists have recently discovered why.

The kinds of questions you come up with actually do make a difference in how well your brain picks up new information and holds onto it. Questioning puts your brain in active mode, compelling it to search for and retrieve information from the environment or from within itself. Asking conceptual questions about the material— questions linking ideas with facts— enables students to retain more ideas.

Example? Ask yourself, What did the life of Musa (saw) have in common with the life of Yussuf (saw)? Then study both stories, looking for similarities. You’ll be amazed at how many details you can remember after that!

May Allah (swt) richly bless your efforts to learn and spread the message of the Quran.
Be pious scholars of the Lord because of what you have taught of the Scripture and because of what you have studied. [from Al-Quran, 3:79]


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