Rote Learning Disadvantages

Rote Learning is a technique of memorising information in order to be able to recall it later.It is based on repetition. It enhances a learner’s ability to quickly recall basic facts and helps in developing foundational knowledge of a subject. Memorising multiplication tables, the periodic table of elements, spelling, and formulae are a few examples of rote learning. 

The mental ability to memorise is often used as an indicator of intelligence but memory is not always a reliable indicator of intelligence instead it is linked to the interaction of environmental factors and training. 

Disadvantages 

Though rote learning is useful to some extent, it is always better to apply meaningful relationships to basic skills.

  • When rote learning is applied as the main focus of learning, it is not considered higher-level thought or critical thinking.
  • Rote learning suppresses the creativity and problem-solving and analysing abilities of students. Therefore in 21st-century education rote learning is taking a back seat and techniques such as associative learning, metacognition and critical thinking are being used as a functional foundation for higher levels of learning. 

A teacher should always apply meaningful relationships to basic skills and leverage his own teaching methods to produce the most effective learning environment for the students.