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Holla Friends! Dev here again. “Practice Makes a Man(Women too) Perfect!!”
We do know this famous saying don’t we!
And its obvious: To practice you have to invest time!
Now what is ROTE learning?
Can we define it as : “A PRACTICE IN WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL SIMPLY FOLLOWS STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK, WHICH ARE PRE-DEFINED AND ALMOST NEVER QUESTIONS THEIR VALIDITY OR NEVER TRIES TO LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES!”
But hey! if we talk of practicing WHAT actually we do?
For example - you have an exercise on say Differential calculus at the end of your “Engineering Mathematics” Textbook (THE most feared paper I think) what do you do to solve it?
Don’t you use the procedures described in the text to find a solution?
Well, then we are FOLLOWING the definition of rote learning, aren’t we?
Seldom does a student question these procedures and (even) seldom do they look to solve them alternatively! Do we?
I NEVER did!
SO ARE THESE TWO THE SAME IN INDIAN LEARNING CONCEPT (I dont know of American students at BS level so would like to exclude them)?
But anyone would say no they are different.
Then what is the difference?
Now to explain this let me give you an example of a Pizza boy!
You call up and order a pizza and just give your address to the representative on the phone and sometimes you give a landmark!
But do you bother about how the poor pizza boy would find your address but you get the order by half an hour if I am not wrong
SO HOW DOES HE FIND YOUR ADDRESS?