By: Alice Thomas and Glenda Thorne (2009)
Clarify the difference between understanding and memorizing
I continually remind my students of this key aspect of learning, especially my Anatomy & Physiology class. The best illustration of this principal came last year when I inadvertently duplicated a question on a test. Both questions addressed the same objetive, but approached it in different ways. Several of my students got one of them right and one of them wrong because they had memorized instead of trying to understand the concept. My "mistake" provided a great opportunity to explain the importance of memorization vs. understanding.
Elaborate and explain
Think with analogies, similes, and metaphors