Finding the Questions

Learning vocabulary is one of the most important parts of learning a new language.

One of the best ways to learn vocabulary is to use flashcards.

Flashcards help us remember things long-term through spaced repetition.

But it turns out the most important part of the flashcards is the act of creating them.

This forces us to think about the word, the definition, to add a symbol that represents it, and how to pronounce it.

You could use an existing deck of flashcards, but it’s not as effective.

This is true whenever we have the option of using an existing resource or creating one ourselves.

A study guide for an exam, for example, or a reading guide for a book.

They are valuable tools, but the real value is in creating the guide yourself.

Figuring out the questions to ask turns provides as much value as answering the questions themselves.