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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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by rote

If you do something by rote, you do it without thinking about it or understanding it properly, often because you have learned about it by repeating it many times. It is easy to forget how much learning was done by rote in the past. He uses the same old lectures, delivered by rote.
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Nevertheless, experiences in learning musical passages by rote, with an emphasis on listening, are beneficial.
People bothering to get in the car for something on a Friday evening, even from out of town, and driving downtown and parking and coming in here means they're doing it purposefully, not by rote.
THE YES MEN are a band of pranksters who specialize in sending up the WorldTrade Organization, sometimes with wit and sometimes by rote.
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.
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.
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.