learn by rote


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learn by rote

To use repetition to memorize something, as opposed to acquiring a full or robust comprehension of it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "learn" and "by." Learning by rote has been proven by many studies to be nearly useless in the long-term retention of information. There are so many characters in the Japanese alphabets that I have to learn them by rote.
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learn something by rote

Fig. to learn something by memorizing without giving any thought to what is being learned. I learned history by rote; then I couldn't pass the test that required me to think. If you learn things by rote, you'll never understand them.
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We have to stop these sentimental crackpots from presenting us with a picture of ordinary, normal children as put-upon martyrs, forced to learn by rote to pass exams and whose human rights are infringed by being made to sit quietly in a classroom and complete an exam.
Then they had to learn by rote and sit up very straight as they got a quick taste of Victorian style lessons.
As well, good range managers change the course--sometimes frequently--so shooters never learn by rote, just as in hunting.
The name game was dreamed up by Operation Raleigh volunteers to make classes more exciting for the pupils, who usually learn by rote.
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.