Here's a handy rhyming mnemonic device to help anyone memorize the correct order of Chinese zodiac. Red Lobster definitely is a guilty pleasure! (The last line is there for flavor text so the poem rhymes.)
CheesyBiscuits Taste Rad Dipping Sauce, Hard to Grab Mix, Roast, Drop and Boil Red Lobster, Always Loyal
CheesyBiscuits Taste Rad
Rat / Bull / Tiger / Rabbit
Dipping Sauce, Hard to Grab
Dragon / Snake / Horse / Goat
Mix, Roast, Drop and Boil
Monkey / Rooster / Dog / Boar
To calculate what year is what, remember that 1900 is the year of the Rat - and you can work forward or backward and cycle through the 12 animal/years to know which year is what animal.
The problem with traditional educational system is that it either focuses on cramming or has wrong criteria for measuring the performance of system. Metaphorically, it can be said that it judges a fish by its ability to climb trees. Hence, damaging the Childs ambitions and esteem.