MEMORISING for examinations is not the same as memorising for learning ("Memorising answers can be useful for exams' sake" by Mr Kuek Jia Yao; March 2).
One may forget what one has memorised after an examination but one should not forget what one has memorised for self-enrichment and professional upgrading.
What is memorised must first be understood, then connected to and integrated with relevant knowledge learnt, so that it can be used to solve problems or acquire more knowledge.
It is fashionable to claim that with so much information easily available, memorisation can be dispensed with.
A person need not and cannot memorise all the knowledge available to him, but he must understand and memorise some - the more the better.
The human brain is not only a processor, but also a hard disk for storage.
The greater the storage capacity, the better quality is the brain.
Even the best doctor needs to refer to medical publications often. But can you imagine a doctor who refers to medical textbooks or searches the Web for information all the time?
Whatever you are studying, do not hope to be spared the two types of mental effort which are, at times, painful, but often rewarding: Understanding what you are learning, and then committing as much of it as possible to memory.
There is no shorter way to learning.
Ee Teck Ee
This article was first published on March 11, 2015.
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