Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to understand ideas and concepts than it is to learn facts. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

For students, having a good understanding of m ain ideas for a certain academic topic is much more necessary than studying every detail about it. In my opinion, I totally agree with it. I feel this way for two reasons which I will explore in the following paragraphs. First and foremost, it will help students remember important things from the topic for a long time. Certainly, each student must learn more than one subject and each subject definitely contain several chapters. Thus, they will most likely forget some lessons after some time. However, if they only focus on understanding the concepts for each one, it will become easier to remember everything more quickly and effectively. As a consequence, students will be able to recall everything they have learned during their tests. This is best demonstrated by my personal experience. I once used this method to prepare for my chemistry tutorial during high school. In particular, I listened carefully to my teacher's explanation and only tried to understand the main idea of each chapter. As a result, I was able to remember all of the necessary information when I was taking the tutorial. If I had not had a better understanding of the lessons, I would have had hard time trying to remember everything for my exam. Secondly, students will be able to make use of the things they have learned from school in real life. More specifically, subjects like mathematics, health science and physics, consists of many useful concepts and ideas, that can be applied in our everyday life. For example, when I was in high school, I had to learn about electricity in physics. Just like chemistry, I also focused on the main purpose of the entire topic. Consequently, I not only had more knowledge about it but was also able to handle electronic things and fix them more conveniently. In conclusion, focusing more on main ideas and purposes is indeed more important than studying facts like a parrot, for students. This is because it helps the lessons to stay longer in the students' memories and because it is also a great chance for them to utilize what they have learned in real life.
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