Does memorising improve your thinking abilities? I think that problem solving is the best way but would spending a little bit of time memorising things that you find interesting and may prove to be useful in the future be a good thing to do? Or Would it tarnish your creative thinking abilities? I am thinking of memorising Chinese characters. I can speak it and understand it (because I spent the first 8 years of my life in China) but can't write or read because just by looking at the characters won't give you a clue to how to they sound, unlike English.