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CollegeQandA asks: Why are questions important to learning?

Are you just justifying this webpage?

Of course a web site dedicated to questions would think questions are important.  It’s your brand and product.

Justifying your existence

Why are questions important?  They’re one of our modes to thinking, and it is almost the only way for people to find out from someone else something they don’t know or understand.  Great teachers will stare into your eyes and look for understanding, but sadly, your eyes are not paths into your understanding sole.

Questions are more important than answers

This article and the next were inspired by the book The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, which I am currently reading and will review soon.  In part 3 of the book “Air”, they discuss the relevance of questions.

From my perspective, questions are almost all that I have.  But I am like most of us, I will pretend to understand or know something to make me look smart.  When you meet a really smart person, the first thing you will notice is that they ask questions.  The second thing you will notice is that they will wait and ask you to reexplain your answers until you provide a clear answer.  They will do that, or they will take your answer and think about it more, research it more, and verify to the best that they can that this explains it.

A university is “a community of scholars” who spend their days “asking questions” about what we don’t know, think we know, ought to know, and want others to know.  Why are questions important?  Because they are our best tools into investigating knowledge.

For you, stop trying to look smart and start asking and thinking to get smart.


CollegeQandA asks: Why do I have a reading assignment for this book over summer for my university or college?

Mandatory Summer Reading

Ah yes, the summer reading book experience.  Summer is a time for internships, jobs, relaxation from class work, and maybe some time to holiday.  However, some institutions such as universities and even businesses (J.P. Morgan for example) expect us to do summer reading.  That’s particularly true for incoming first-year universities.


Here’s a brief list of some schools and their 2015 summer books:

That’s a lot of books.  Why are we reading them?

First off, let me remind everyone that the internet is great for reading a variety of things, we can tailor it to our likes and dislikes (for the good or bad), and find exactly what we’re looking for.  Therefore, books are not needed 😉 .  Maybe, but books are in depth, organized, well edited, and thought out writing on a topic that tends to be…a much better treatises of ideas.  For example, take this post as an example.  I have thought about it, written it, edited it (once…maybe twice), and posted it.  All of that, and I don’t need anyone to back up anything that I write.  A book goes through a much deeper proofing process.

Summer reading books are meant to challenge us, and equally, bring us together at the start of the new academic year with a common ground of experience.  I read this book, and you read this book.  We can now start a conversation on a common topic regardless of where we came from and where we are going, and this has great potential for community building.   Furthermore, Continue reading CollegeQandA asks: Why do I have a reading assignment for this book over summer for my university or college?