the acquisition of information or behaviors by repetitive drill rather than by understanding. Note: The chief value of rote learning is in producing automatic psychomotor responses.
memorization by repetition
learning in a mechanical fashion through repetition (e.g., memorization, practice drills). Related term: surface level processing, non-reflective learning. top of the page
A basic level of learning where the student has the ability to repeat back something learned, with no understanding or ability to apply what was learned.
Rote learning is a learning technique which avoids understanding the inner complexities and inferences of the subject that is being learned and instead focuses on memorizing the material so that it can be recalled by the learner exactly the way it was read or heard. In other words, it is learning "just for the test".