A: Our teacher asked us to recite the text again.
B: Do you have to remember every text?
A: Yes. He says recitation is good for us to learn English.
B: I think so. But I know many people just think that's going round in circles.
go round in circles
exp. To waste one's time and energy engaging in trivial, aimless. （花了很长一段时间做某事而毫无进展，在原地兜圈子）
e.g. I tried to get an outline drafted for my thesis, but my ideas were so jumbled in my head that I just kept going round in circles.
e.g. This discussion is going round and round in circles. Let’s make a decision.
e.g. The politicians talked for hours but they couldn't come to an agreement; they were just going round in circles.
recite the text：背诵课文
remember the text：记住课文