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By memory, perhaps without true understanding of the topic. Ask Becky to recite the poem—she knows it by rote. Research shows that simply learning things by rote doesn't always translate into the best grasp of the material.
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by rote

[of learning or memorizing] done as habit and without thinking. I simply memorized the speech by rote. I don't know what it means. The student learns everything by rote and doesn't really understand the concepts.
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automatically and without understanding The children had learned number facts by rote and could calculate quickly.
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Any opinions he holds are cribbed by rote from New York magazine.
Disputing the belief that parrots only mimic sounds and learn by rote, Pepperberg says Alex can identify 50 objects, 7 colors, and 5 shapes, and understand abstract concepts like bigger, smaller, same, and different--proving that "animal intelligence is more widespread than we thought," she says.
The answer was given that children are taught more by rote and less to think for themselves.
That training is built on a foundation of learning, by rote, an enormous amount of information about the human body, about diseases, symptoms and therapies, about tests and diagnostics.
Unfortunately, group insurance plans are often sold by rote.
Rather than train readers to design systems by rote, the author gives readers the skills and knowledge to perform systematic analyses to make the best choices based on several economic, operational, electrical, and physical considerations.
Shaak's young students learn both how to play pieces by rote and to read music notation.
Yet other scenes seem to rattle off the greatest hits of Sunday school as if by rote.
Because of the way we teach history -- by rote, relying on poorly written textbooks eviscerated by special interests -- it is unlikely that even our brightest students would come to understand our constitution.
At its best, this made for infectious group energy and a sense of common purpose; at its weakest, it seemed like a language learned by rote, not yet the flexible instrument with which to create drama and poetry onstage.
The dancers, whose performances until this point had seemed to be by rote, finally began to connect emotionally to the movement.