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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Learning off by heart Reply with quote

There's an interesting piece on the BBC site about the benefits of learning things off by heart.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13333117

What do you make of it all?

Do you think it's good to learn and memorise certain facts in a parrot-fashion way... or rather pointless?
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gladwell seemed to think you need 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert in the subject. I'd rather support such a belief than rote learning, which seems to aid memory rather than understanding.
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to admit to having learnt the heights of all 214 Lake District mountains when I was younger. Can't say its come in particularly useful though Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In both feet and metres, Martyn? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just like with A Wainwright - feet only
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learnt my times tables OBH and remember them well still - I think that was worthwile.

I learnt a lot about Australia at school including major towns and cities and that was good when I was there.

Some other stuff learnt for exams and since forgotten.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends what you're learning by rote and why.

I learned 250 legal cases by rote donkeys' years ago in preparation for a law exam. It was incredibly useful. It didn't matter what questions the exam threw at me I could quote case law and precedent with total ease. (I also won a prize for getting the top mark in Scotland for that exam Embarassed ). I still remember many of these cases today.

These days I could never manage such a thing. I can't seem to remember things from one minute to the next.
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