Memorising words is the first step on a journey of a thousand miles. You must be able to understand the words and their usefulness for your mental development. Birds know their Salat by following the laws that Allah gave them in their instincts. We have basic instincts and also a consciousness that should be nurtured in the right way to evolve positively; parts that are not used properly become vestigial, useless.
Study should not be equated with prayers; study is finding what your Salat is.
When you act upon how Allah has decreed, then you are on the Sirat al Mustaqueem.