College students love multitasking. We also love music. It would make sense, then, that most of us enjoy listening to some type of music when we’re studying or doing homework.
Having music on in the background makes the task at hand feel a little less stressful and serious. It can have a calming effect while keeping us focused, or it can provide motivation by pumping us up.
Music choices can vary depending on what kind of student or person you are. Here is a list of the types of music popular among college students while they are getting their work done.
Some students prefer music of the classical genre when studying or completing assignments for class. This type of music can be calming and great to have on in the background with any given task at hand.
If you’re the type of student who can’t focus while there is music with lyrics playing, try out classical music. There will be no distraction from words, and it can have an extremely soothing effect.
Start with the “Exam Study Classical Music” playlist on Spotify for a variety of classical music by historically renowned composers.
On the other end of the spectrum is the hip-hop/rap genre. Students who already favor this genre outside of studying may choose to listen to it while getting their work done. Just as it might have a similar effect at the gym, hip-hop/rap gets the student pumped and ready to be productive and successful.
It also keeps the student awake and attentive, something essential for studying and getting homework done. Find a station of the genre on Pandora, playlists on Spotify, or search your favorite songs on YouTube.
A happy medium between classical and hip-hop/rap is the genre of electronic. It’s calming like classical, and there usually aren’t lyrics. It’s like hip-hop in the way that it pumps you up. The beats and tempos are a bit quicker, but it’s not as generally overwhelming as hip-hop/rap while you’re trying to study.
Try Past is Prologue by Tycho, Cirrus by Bonobo, Loud Pipes by Ratatat and Spirit of Life by Blackmill.
4. Rock/light rock
If you’re a rock fan of any type, you might naturally enjoy this genre while studying. It can pump you up depending on what artist or band you’re listening to. It can be calming while motivating at the same time.
Some students might enjoy having classic rock on in the background, while others prefer heavy metal to get them pumped and keep them alert while they’re working.
Another alternative within this genre is rock or light rock without lyrics for those students who get too distracted by the words in songs when they’re trying to focus. Great artists for this preference are RJD2 and El Ten Eleven. Start with Ghostwriter by RJD2 and My Only Swerving by El Ten Eleven, and build playlists from there.
A step up from electronic (just a tad more intense) is EDM — Electronic Dance Music. This genre has gotten more and more popular among young audiences over the past few years along with EDM festivals across the U.S.
This genre is what would be considered the ultimate “pump-up” music. If it’s late at night, you feel yourself getting tired and you really feel like you need some study motivation, EDM is your best bet. You definitely won’t fall asleep, especially if you are listening to it loud. If you focus enough on the task at hand while listening to this type of music, you’ll stay alert and attentive to be as productive as possible.
Put on an EDM station on Pandora, or search EDM playlists on Spotify or YouTube.
6. Top hits
If you’re not a huge music aficionado, that is you don’t have a ton of favorite artists, bands or genres, but you can’t study or do homework without some type of background noise, you might just enjoy top hits. They’re what’s on the radio, so you’re most likely familiar with a lot of the songs.
Some college students just like to have some kind of sound going on in the background because it’s hard for them to focus with complete silence. Even if you don’t have specific preferences when it comes to your music, you’ll most likely enjoy top hits.
Start with a top hits station on Pandora, or by searching top songs on YouTube that you’ve heard recently to get yourself going. Spotify also has a “charts” section under the “browse” tab where you can choose between Global Top 50, United States Top 50, United States Viral 50 and Global Viral 50.=
Alexandra Brown writes for Uloop, a leading college news and college classifieds resource for student housing, jobs and internships, roommates and sublets, tutors and scholarships, study abroad, test prep, and local services for college students.
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How to Select Music for Studying : 10 Tips
It is said that to study it’s necessary to have a quiet environment without distractions. However, for some, studying in a quiet environment can backfire. This ‘quiet environment’ can make you end up fighting boredom and succumbing to the allure of sleeping at your desk! This is why the importance of choosing the right music for studying can’t be underestimated.
Although some studies say that listening to music while you study isn’t good, for many people it’s vital. It’s calms them down, which can lead to productive studying. Music can also help elevate your mood and motivate you to study longer.
The real challenge is to select the right music for studying. The wrong type of study music may end up distracting you from your study. So today we are going to offer some tips and ideas on how to pick the best study music for you!
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10 Tips: How to Choose Your Music for Studying
Tip # 1
Classical music is peaceful and harmonious making it one of the best options to listen to when studying.
Tip # 2
It seems that there is evidence that Mozart improves mental performance. They call it the “Mozart Effect.”
Tip # 3
Listen to ambient instrumental music. This type of music is more modern than classical and has a similar effect. I always find that movie soundtracks are quite good.
Tip # 4
Listen to sounds of nature such as rain, waves, jungles or animals while studying. While this is not exactly music it is relaxing and you will feel like you’re in another world.
Tip # 5
You’re studying, not crashing a rave! Listen to your study music at a moderate volume. The lower the better. The louder it is, the more it will distract you. Your main purpose is to study so keep your music in the background. When you’re finished studying then you can crank it up to 11!
Tip # 6
Create a playlist with all your favourite songs in advance to avoid having to search for new songs every 5 minutes. This will save you time, allow you to plan how long your study session will be and help your level of concentration while you study.
Tip # 7
Do not listen to music on the radio when studying. The dialogue of the presenters and ads will distract you. You should have complete control of your best study music.
Tip # 8
Make playlists that last for 40 to 50 minutes. When the playlist ends, this will act as a reminder to take a short break from studying.
Tip # 9
Listen to music before you go to bed or before an exam. This will make you feel relaxed and put you in the right state of mind.
Tip # 10
While choosing the best music to study while studying is important, you should avoid spending hours selecting the songs. At the end of the day, what matters is not choosing the best music in the world but that your study is productive
I hope these study tips are useful. You will know if you’ve made the right music choices if the music fades into the background and your study takes center stage. As soon as the music starts to cloud your study you need to change you study music choices… or just do a quick dance to get it out of your system!
Follow these tips and your choice of study music will improve.
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