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AKA Drill but hopefully without the kill? I have to admit that I was one of "those" students. The one that would quiz the egghead who had stayed up all night typing up his study guide, count this as my only "study time" and then go in and ace the test. I did not learn to study until I was in seminary studying Greek and finally met my match. I broke out in hives at my first Greek exam! My ds is a student like his old mam. And I have to admit that I've allowed him to look at the big picture, to fill in the details as he goes along, to avoid all the grunt work of drill. Because, as you know, drill always does seem to be associated with kill. But then dd came along. She's like her dad. He and she are both intelligent but need countless repetition to get it. I started to wake up to the value of drill and to see the many fun ways to do it. So here's the rub: I'm starting to wonder if I've done ds a disservice by not insisting that he do some of this too. Where I'm seeing the most for him is in Latin. He does beautifully translating Latin into English because he's smart enough to put things into the right tense etc. to make the story work, even though he's a bit hazy on the details. But when we go to translate English into Latin, he runs into problems because those details count and he can't slide by on intuition anymore. So we've started some drill amidst much protest. So - what do you think of drill, scales (in music), all that menial detail work? When do you think they are important? Right at the start? Later as needed? For only some subjects? Am I correct in wondering if my own lack of attention to detail is why I graduated from even grad school with high honors but still have a sense of not really knowing things? Of having snowed the professors but having perhaps cheated myself?