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In today's fast-paced learning environment, students must develop effective study methods to help them succeed. What works for one person may not work for another. People learn in a multitude of ways, and can learn both in the long- and short-term. So, is one way of studying more efficient than the rest?

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Using visual and audio aids, cramming, and forming study groups are among the best short-term solutions for studying.
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Use visual and audio aids

Visual and audio aids are the most valuable tools for study.

The Argument

The best method of studying includes both visual and audio aids. Visual aids can include using colored highlighters, colored tabs, or watching videos.[1] Audio aids can include recording lectures, listening to audio books, or listening to music. Audio-visual aids have the added benefit of keeping students interested in the learning process and helping them to retain information.[2] A student can use different colored highlighters to organize their notes and make specific things stand out. Colored tabs are a great way to visually mark important pages in a textbook, especially one in which writing isn't allowed. Drawing diagrams, charts, or pictures can students help organize or remember information. Recording lectures is a quick and easy alternative to note taking which can be listened to again at the student's own leisure. Listening to audio books is a time-saving way to get information from books, and can be done on the go. Listening to instrumental music while studying can help relax students and aid in concentration. Educational videos are a boon to students because they can easily see and hear information in a short period of time. They count as both visual and audio aids.

Counter arguments

Visual and audio aids work best for visual and auditory learners, but they do not always help for other types of learners. Linguistic learners rely on verbal communication, kinesthetic learners do best with hands-on activities or activities in which they can move around, social learners work best in study groups with other students, etc.



[P1] Using visual and audio aids is the best method of study.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Visual and audio aids doesn't always work for different types of learners.


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