Studying while listening to music is the best way for me to learn the material. According to seattlepi.com, I am not alone. They say that 87 percent of students also jam out to music while studying.
A study by clinical psychologist Dr. Emma Gray and Spotify, a streaming music service, concluded that students on average perform 12 percent better when they listened to music while studying.
Also, many believe that you can only listen to instrumental music or Mozart to study and that is not the case.
Listening to music with 50-80 beats per minute helps conduct conducive and logical thoughts that allow the brain to learn and remember new facts studies suggest. Music like We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus and Mirrors by Justin Timberlake are some examples.
Gray suggests that for English, Drama or Art students to listen to emotive rock and pop music. This is because the songs produce a heightened state of excitement that enhances creative performance. Songs like Katy Perry’s Firework and I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction) by The Rolling Stones are a couple of songs that are suggested.
Some studies say that listening to music while studying is distracting, and it can be if you do not follow some simple guidelines when making your studying playlist.
Learningfundamentals.com suggest to pick music that you are familiar with because it is more likely to be less distracting. Also, avoid music that changes from loud to soft. Try to find music with a constant volume. Lastly, play your music quietly in the background to keep from getting distracted with the songs.
With finals around the corner make sure you have your study playlist ready for the many study sessions yet to come. Here is a playlist to get you started
By Katie Lafferty