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Why Rote Learning isn't going to work in the long term [PPT]

Jul 30, 2019

Have you ever heard of the term “learning by heart” AKA rote learning?

This is a term that’s commonly and randomly used in schools and colleges both by teachers and students alike. You need to be living under a rock to say that you have no idea what it is.

But is it going to help in the long run? Let’s see.

Rote Learning and Repetition

The basic idea behind rote learning is that one will be quickly able to recall the underlying meaning of the material the more s/he repeats it.

It might sound too bizarre to be true, but honestly, this is a fact. But does this process benefit us in the long run? No, it doesn't. Here's why.

The Negatives Of Rote Learning

1) Students losing interest

We did say it before that there’s a fine line of connection between repetition and rote learning which most students are probably not aware of. Monotonous repetition of the text can make a student feel disinterested. It can also make the student feel more lethargic after a given point in time.

2) Students don't understand

"Teacher: What’s Newton’s 2nd law of motion?
Student: It states that the acceleration of an object as produced by a net force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.
Teacher: Very good! Now, what does it mean?
Student: It means….it means…"

Yes, this is exactly what we are talking about. The student doesn’t even understand the law. S/He’s just memorized it by heart.

3) Memorize Today, Forget Tomorrow

Refer to the scenario between the teacher and the student. Do you think the student will be able to answer the question if s/he is asked the same after 365 days? Very doubtful!
That’s because memorization is short-term. You memorize today, you forget tomorrow.

4) Also…

Rote learning doesn’t prioritize a student’s problem-solving abilities.

Rote learning completely ignores real-life application; a result for which most students fail to connect their academic subject with that of the real world.

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Summary

The basic idea behind rote learning is that one will be quickly able to recall the underlying meaning of the material the more s/he repeats it. But is it going to work in the long term? No. Here's why.

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