What to listen to while studying?

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If you are one of those who like to listen to music, even when you are studying, then choosing the right type can be vital to your overall productivity level. Listening to music can calm you down, elevate your mood, motivate you to stay focused and be able to study for longer periods of time. While it can be quite a challenge to stay away from the hottest hits, selecting the wrong type of music can distract you from your studies.

So what type of music is considered “music for the mind”? Go ahead and explore the types of music that are recommended for studying, along with some tips to help you choose which genre will keep you mostly focused. Happy Listening!

NEVER underestimate the power of classical

Classical music is known for being peaceful and harmonious, creating a calm and serene study environment. Many listeners believe classical music boosts their mood and increases their productivity levels.

Recommendation: Brandenburg Concerto #3 – Bach

Timed Tempos

Studies have shown that music timed at 60 beats per minute can help put people’s mind into ease, putting their brains into a more productive mode.

Recommendation: Concertos for Recorder – Telemann & Vivaldi

Instrumental Ambient Sounds

If you prefer a more modern flair, instrumental ambient sounds are exactly what you need. Relaxing instrument sounds can be paired up with modern tunes to get the best of both worlds.

Recommendation: VSQ Performs the Hits of 2013, Volume 2 – Vitamin String Quartet

Nature Sounds

This type of “music” is perfect for those who don’t really like classical music. It is known for increasing concentration levels and it keeps you engaged at a more subconscious level. Soundtracks of waterfalls, rain or seascape sounds all fall into this category.

Recommendation: http://www.calmsound.com/

Modern Electronic

This is commonly referred to as chill out music. This genre includes Ambient House, Ambient Trance, New Age and Trip Hop. They are known to encourage the mind to relax and roam. Be careful not to let it roam too much!

Recommendation: Music for Airports – Eno

Volume control

Make sure that your background music is, indeed, in the background and is not distracting you or any of the students around you.

Plan out your playlist

Don’t wait until it is time for you to start studying. Make sure that you prepare your own playlist beforehand or find one which suites your taste best. When it’s time to study, studying is the only task at hand and all you need to do as far as music is concerned is press play.

Break it up

Plan your playlist so that when it ends, it will be an indication that it’s your break time.

Studying is more important than music

Avoid spending a great deal of precious time creating your playlist. After all, it should essentially just become background noise. What you should ultimately focus on is your studies.

The bottom line is this: whether you listen to any of these recommendations, Miley Cyrus, Tupac or whatever fits your fancy, it really doesn’t make a difference - as long as it works. What actually matters is that whatever you’re listening to doesn’t distract you, calms you and truly puts your mind into study mode, so that you can be productive and retain as much information as possible.

Good luck for your studies!

Written by

Sarah Cassar Dymond

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