Questions Are The Answer

Have any of you heard your children ask the question ‘why’?

Children are question machines continually asking questions and soaking up knowledge like sponges.

Questions are one of the building blocks of The 5 Minute Tutor.

You will see that at the 5 Minute Tutor questions are being continually asked. We will provide you with the questions to help your children and encourage you and your child to ask better questions. Questions help in two ways.

Questions help your children learn and improve their learning ability and further improve your children’s motivation. What is it about questions that is so great?

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As soon as you ask a question the mind focuses on the answer.  Thinking is the process of asking and answering questions. Think about this. Is this true?  When thinking about this you have to ask yourself, is this true? A question!

Think about a simple thing like making dinner this evening. When thinking about it you automatically start to ask questions that need an answer. What will we have? At what time? How many is it for? There could be many others. The act of think provides the questions and the answers. So, thinking is all about posing questions and receiving answers.

The reason that this is so important is that questions change your focus and therefore how you feel.  This is important because how you feel will direct what you do.

At the 5 Minute Tutor you’ll hear us say “better questions, better answers, better life”.

So, better questions lead to better actions and therefore a better life.

Phil Race says that “All knowledge is the answer to a question”. So, what questions is it best to ask?

The author and explorer Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book which Walt Disney then immortalised in the wonderful film of the same name and in his wonderful poem the Elephant’s Child Kipling wrote:

“I keep six honest serving men,

They taught me all I knew,

Their names are What and Why and When

And How and Where and Who?"

So great questions begin with the following words:

What, where, when, how, why, who?

For an example of using them, why not try the following with your child or children.

Go to a historical place and ask six questions beginning with the six words.

  • What is this place?
  • Where is this place?
  • When did people live here?
  • How did they live?
  • Why don’t they live here anymore?
  • Who lived here?

If you ask the questions your children will then be looking for the answers.

At The 5 Minute Tutor we have a technique called the Question Wall where we give you a simple structure for these questions. Why not have a look at the Question Wall very soon. It will really help you help your children.

Questioning is one the most important skills that you can teach and guide your child to improve their learning.  You are an expert on questions.

We are all wired to be interested and fascinated by questions. Just think of the following successful programs.

  • Mastermind
  • Eggheads
  • Family fortunes
  • The weakest link
  • Who wants to be a millionaire?

Or one of my Mum’s favorite programs from the 70’s, The Sale of the Century with Nicholas Parsons.

Or games that involve questions:

  • Cluedo
  • Scruples
  • Trivial pursuit

Or the numerous ‘who done it’ books and endless detective stories. These are all about questions. Our minds are programmed for questions and you think using questions.

Children are great at asking questions and you as the parent are the expert at giving them the bigger view putting questions into context. This means that this is a chance for you to guide your children and to create the amazing habit of continuously asking better questions.

This habit leads to better questions, better answers, and a better life for you and your children.


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