Rote Memorization in Education: Definition & Techniques

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  • 0:01 What Is Rote Memorization?
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Instructor: Mary Firestone
In this lesson, learn what rote memorization is. Also, discover the different memorization techniques you can use in your classroom as well as examples of each.

What Is Rote Memorization?

Rote memorization is a learning process that involves repeating information until it's remembered verbatim. Actors and singers often use rote memorization when they have to learn the lines of a play or a song. Students also use rote memorization to prepare for spelling tests or to memorize definitions of terms, names of presidents, verb forms in a foreign language, and multiplication tables, among other things. Rote memorization is different from meaningful learning, where the material is applied to other ideas and connections are made between concepts.


There are many different techniques that can be utilized to help memorization. Let's look at a few examples:

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