The Neural Model of Learning

I’ve been learning about how to learn recently. Thought I’ll share some of the points that I took from the course.

  1. Knowing 
  • Knowing is the ability to recognise something we have encountered before (i.e. the ability to distinguish between new and old information). 
  • Knowing does not mean that you understand the information at all, just that you remember seeing the information before. 
  1. Understanding 
  • Understanding involves connecting the new piece of information to something else you already know. 
  • Making these connections gives more meaning to the information. 
  • Stage 3 involves using the knowledge that you understand. 
  • The more you use knowledge in different contexts, the more connections are created. 
  • More connections usually lead to stronger memory traces and a deeper understanding. 
  • Using knowledge in different ways and contexts means more connections are created. 
  1. Mastering 
  • When enough connections are created, we finally master the knowledge. 
  • We say that this knowledge has become part of our schemas. 
  • Schemas are our prior knowledge and learning sets. These act as the platform for new learning to happen in the future. 
  • After using the knowledge many times and in multiple contexts, you will have created enough connections to say you have mastered that knowledge. 
  • Now, you are ready to learn something new and return to the first stage. 

Imam Ghazali (rh) – Kitab Riyadhat al-Nafs

  • Restriction in eating = prevents lowly desires
  • Appropriate amount of sleep = feel productive and energised (when dedicating time to do things during the day, especially morning/early afternoon) leading to wanting to be more productive, hence being productive and cycle continues
  • Speaking less and not when required = save tongue from hellfire, hence ourselves from hell fire and injustice towards others e.g. backbiting, slander, swearing, mocking etc or spreading ill using tongue. Saves time as well and ensures not wasted e.g. by not gossiping, not beating around the bush when getting something done especially in a ‘professional’ environment and with friends
  • Not concerning oneself with what others have to say and those who have wronged us = saves the mind from worry and unduly stress. Save time from thinking about such matters. This equals better physical health and mental health, hence better spiritual health

Benefits of Learning Tajweed and Reciting the Quran

  • Improving recitation for the pleasure of Allah (swt)
  • The Quran is the clear light and it’s a wise warning and the straight path
    • A light – a guidance for mankind – a solution for many
    • A wise warning – reminds us constantly not to go astray
    • Straight path – the way to Jannah
  • The Quran is a cure for physical, spiritual and mental illnesses
  • It will keep you away from sin
  • You will start to feel peace within yourself, with time if not at the beginning
  • Your recitation can attracts others to learn how to recite the Quran or may even get others to begin to recite it more often if they already know how to read Arabic
  • The best amongst of you all is to learn the Quran and teach it to others

‘Uthman bin ‘Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”

[Bukhari]

Abu Umamah (ra) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”

[Muslim]

Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.”

[At- Tirmidhi]

When you set yourself a target to memorise the Quran, learn tajweed or to recite:

  • Have a set target and objective in mind
  • Tell yourself there is No room for complacency
  • Stay focussed
  • Follow it through to the end
  • Don’t give up – it will get easier

6 Tips for a Productive School Holiday

  • Make a To-Do list and Set Goals

By having a to-do list, you know exactly what you need to get done and setting goals will mean you’re more likely to take action than if you don’t. An added bonus is the satisfaction of ticking something off the list. The list and goals don’t need to be related to assignment submissions, revising for tests but it can also be replying to emails, cleaning your inbox, saying hi to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while, making time for friends/family, finish reading a book, maybe even tidying up the bedroom!

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