Don’t let Shaytan tell you that there’s no room in your brain to learn Quran or that it’s too late for you to learn. Most of your brain is empty, and you can always learn the Quran. The brain is a high speed processor, but you must use it or lose it.
Have you ever seen someone whose hand has been fractured and then plastered in a cast? After three weeks when the cast comes off you see that his hand has become like a bone— all the flesh has shrunk. Why? Because he hasn’t been using those muscles.
Similarly, if you don’t use your brain, it will shrink. Why not use it for learning the Quran, meanings of new words, and memorising the surah?
Also we’ve learned that the more flashes you create in your brain when you learn a new word— by seeing, saying, showing, and imagining— the easier it is to memorise, retain, and recall.
One more tip— use your right brain! According to the latest research the left half of the brain is logical, technical, mathematical, etc. So if you just memorise a list of Quranic words you are only using the left part of the brain. The right side of the brain is artistic, holistic, imaginative, a synthesizer, musical, spiritual, and verbal. Try to add those dimensions while you’re learning.
If, for example, you are having a hard time memorising the words for Allah is One, imagine writing it on the sky! Or, when learning the word for “he” and pointing to your right, imagine that you are pointing to a giant dressed in bright red.
Also, use your emotions. Say these words from your heart! Imagination and feeling are necessary to interacting with the Quran in a meaningful way.
(A motivational learning tip from our course “Understand Quran 50% of Words”—Lesson 3— https://understandquran.com/courses/short-course-1.html)