will drumming on a drum pad along to songs give me a better sennse of rhythm?
almost undoubtedly. just be aware that like anything else you will have to do this ALOT to really get it ingrained to you. also, if you are playing drums a drum pad will help your natural rhythm but it gets different when you get on a real kit (you're not going to always hit every tom, snare and cymbal like you would on a drum pad, you'll hit with different velocities to create a different atmosphere and timbre)
I usually just headbang. never let me down once