John Medina’s ‘brain rules’

‘Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created-‘

(Surah Al Alaq, verse 1, the first Revelation)

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.

As I intended in a previous post, I have included ‘brain rules’ 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School here.

EXERCISE/ Rule # 1: Exercise boosts brain power.

SURVIVAL/ Rule # 2: The human brain evolved, too.

WIRING/ Rule # 3: Every brain is wired differently.

ATTENTION/ Rule # 4: We don’t pay attention to boring things. [Ban PowerPoint bullets!!!That’s from me…]

SHORT-TERM MEMORY/ Rule # 5: Repeat to remember. [Quran memorizers do this every time!]

LONG-TERM MEMORY/ Rule # 6: Remember to repeat.

SLEEP/ Rule # 7: Sleep well, think well.

STRESS/ Rule # 8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way. [Ease off exam-taking students!!!]

SENSORY INTEGRATION/ Rule # 9: Stimulate more of the senses. [Lesson plans should include ‘See, Hear, Touch and Do’ instead of just ‘See and Hear’]

VISION/ Rule # 10: Vision trumps all other senses.

GENDER/ Rule # 11: Male and female brains are different. [Notice how top scorers in Malaysia are girls..? Education system here more conducive for girls to succeed than boys. Think about it…]

EXPLORATION/ Rule # 12: We are powerful and natural explorers. [Let your kids walk in the semak (bushes) and let them play in the mud. I’ve seen an old boy afraid of getting a few drops of rain on him…]

I highly recommend this book. You’d expect a book about the brain written by a molecular biologist to be dry and boring but John Medina is very entertaining and clear in his writing. I enjoy reading his book and it comes with a DVD, too. Money well spent. I also found a short presentation by Zen Presentation expert, Garr Reynolds, on Dr John Medina’s ‘brain rules (

Enjoy and learn, Insha’Allah.


About Sharena

My experiences as mother to Adam and Daniel, wife, daughter , teacher, trainer and friend has enriched my life to the fullest. Life is a journey of small steps through love, tests and contentment; fulfilling our role as khalifah makes it even more challenging and satisfactory.
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